Rep. Elijah Cummings is a frequent critic of President Trump and of the Republican Party, but what about the scandals that have plagued this lawmaker throughout his career? By Raúl Eduardo Chao

Rep. Elijah Cummings is a frequent critic of President Trump and of the Republican Party, but what about the scandals that have plagued this lawmaker throughout his career?

Three years ago, a photo of a Lyft car adorned with congressional plates went viral on social media. The reason the photo went viral was because it belonged to Black Caucus member Democrat lawmaker from Baltimore, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings. The black Honda had a pink Lyft driver sticker on its window shield and the words “Maryland U.S. Congress 7-A” on its license plates.

Cummings’ daughter — who had just graduated from Howard University — had been using the car to drive customers for Lyft and earn extra income. After the enclosed picture made the papers, Cummings asked his daughter to remove the congressional plates, which afforded special parking privileges for members and staffers of Congress and not for Lyft customers or drivers.

It’s not the first time this member of the Black Caucus has taken advantage of their status as United States congressional member.

It was reported recently by the Washington Examiner that a charity run by Maya Rockeymoore, the wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, received millions from special interest groups and corporations that had business before her husband’s committee.

Cummings, was in very poor financial condition and heavily in debt due to unpaid child support to three women he had children with. Ten years ago or so Cummings married a young, politically connected wife, Maya Rockeymoore. She runs two entities, a nonprofit group called the Center for Global Policy Solutions and a for-profit consulting firm called Global Policy Solutions, LLC.

According to an IRS complaint filed by a watchdog group, the National Legal and Policy Center, the arrangement may have been used to derive “illegal private benefit.” Global Policy Solutions received more than $6.2 million in grants between 2013 and 2016, according to tax records. Several of the nonprofit group’s financial backers — which included Google, J.P Morgan and Prudential — have business interests before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Cummings has served as Democratic chairman of this Committee since January and previously served as ranking member. Last week, Maya Rockeymoore, Rep. Cummings’ wife, blasted the Washington Examiner’s complaint to the IRS as a “hit piece.” Not very different from what Cummings has said about Donald Trump when the president made reference to  the state of neglect of Cummings district in Baltimore.

 

See Cummings’wife, recipient of $6.2 million in US Grants, and Cummings’ official car turned Lyft taxi on the enclosed attachments.

Raúl Eduardo Chao, PhD

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