The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust asked the Maryland attorney general to investigate the Center for Global Policy Solutions this week after a complaint came out that funds were potentially being misused and redirected improperly.
The Center for Global Policy Solutions is run by Maya Rockeymoore, who is married to Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings, who was recently re-elected for his 13th term. The report suggests that Cummings was not just involved, but benefited from the arrangement.
What is the Center for Global Policy Solutions?
According to the charities website, the Center for Global Policy Solutions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit think that and ‘action organization’. Their mission statement is vague, using buzz words like ‘inclusion’, ‘diverse’, and ‘sustainable environments’.
They claim to advance systematic change for those in need, educate leaders and policymakers, and target public policy. They also claim they work towards strengthening social security and closing racial wealth disparities within the world.
How Is Cummings Involved?
Maya Rockeymoore, 48, has been married to Rep. Elijah Cummings, 68, since 2008. Maya founded and runs the Center for Global Policy Solutions.
The complaint targets the relationship between this non-profit and Global Policy Solutions LLC, the for-profit consulting firm Maya also owns and runs. Names sound familiar? The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust also thought so, which raised red flags right away.
Both companies share the same address, phone number, projects, and even funding sources, which was enough for the report to be substantiated. There is a ‘cost-sharing’ arrangement between the non-profit and for-profit organizations that is not explained within the report but makes it clear that there is real potential for abuse of funds.
Not the First Time
This isn’t the first time Rockeymoore, or the Center for Glocal Policy Solutions, has come under scrutiny. The non-profit received over $6 million ing rants from ‘special interest’ groups like Google and Prudential, which isn’t all that notable.
It is, however, when you consider Cummings involvement, as all of the special interest groups have had business within this time frame before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. No big surprise, Cummings has served as the Chairman since January of that committee, and he was a ranking member before then.
Last month a report was released that Rockeymoore paid over a quarter of a million dollars in management fees from her non-profit to her consulting company between 2013 and 2015, which IRS law strictly prohibits.
Cummings has dismissed the IRS accusations as overblown and unfounded, but only time (And the law) will tell what will happen to the couple. There is no word yet if the Maryland attorney general will indeed look into the non-profit, or if Rockeymoore will see any punishment for her IRS situation.