Times Exposes Liberal 'Fund-Raising Powerhouse': The Congressional Black Caucus

It may not be surprising for the Times to investigate corporate fat cats piling their cash on a congressional charity. But it's surprising when it's the Congressional Black Caucus.
Four years ago, the media were intrigued by the possibilities that the Jack Abramoff scandal could bring the Democrats to the House. On Sunday, the New York Times offered a picture of liberal Democrats piling up campaign cash from corporate contributors.

The surprise? Their target was the Congressional Black Caucus. Reporters Eric Lipton and Eric Lichtblau announced:

From 2004 to 2008, the Congressional Black Caucus's political and charitable wings took in at least $55 million in corporate and union contributions, according to an analysis by The New York Times, an impressive amount even by the standards of a Washington awash in cash. Only $1 million of that went to the caucus's political action committee; the rest poured into the largely unregulated nonprofit network.

In 2008, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation spent more on the caterer for its signature legislative dinner and conference - nearly $700,000 for an event one organizer called "Hollywood on the Potomac" - than it gave out in scholarships, federal tax records show.