The mission of a PAC is not to raise funds and spend it on expensive items for yourself and the other members. Yet, here we have the Congressional Black Caucus doing exactly that. Check this out.
By Allen West
I remember when I joined the Congressional Black Caucus back in 2011. The funny thing was when a reporter asked me if I was qualified to be a member of the CBC. My response was simple, I assessed that the only qualifications were to be black and in Congress.
It was a very interesting experience, knowing there were some who flat out despised my being there. But there were some very good memories…such as working with fellow Florida Representative Corinne Scott-Brown to have the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Montfort Point Marines. They were the first black Marines, and that ceremony, where I was honored to give a short address, was memorable.
However, there were other memories that were not so fond such as the extravagant spending for lunches. I remember the time when the CBC lunch rotation fell to me…and it wasn’t gonna be any Maryland sea food. Instead, we ordered Chick-fil-A and there was not a single crumb left. It was hilarious when another Florida Representative, Alcee Hastings, complained to some news reporter. The lesson learned from the “conscience of the Congress” — more like “convicts of the Congress” such as “Cold Cash” Jefferson, Jesse Jackson Jr., and of late, Chaka Fatah and Corinne Scott-Brown — is that extravagance was a modus operandi. Sadly, the constituents of the CBC are rarely privy to such exquisite living.
And apparently it’s still going on.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, “The Congressional Black Caucus PAC (CBC PAC) spends lavishly on upscale resorts and hotels, catering at exclusive restaurants, and on fundraising and Broadway tickets, according to a review of campaign finance records.
The CBC PAC, which is the fundraising arm of the Congressional Black Caucus, puts far more money towards administrative and fundraising purposes than it donates to candidates, the intended purpose of the political action committee.
The CBC PAC claims its mission is to increase “the number of African Americans in the U.S. Congress” and to “support non-Black candidates that champion our interests, and promote African American participation in the political process-with an emphasis on young voters,” according to its website.
The PAC spent hundreds of thousands throughout the 2016 election cycle on administrative expenses that included bills for lavish trips that were paid by the committee. A $5,000 payment was made in January 2016 from the PAC to the Buccaneer Hotel located in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, one of the “world’s top 50 tropical resorts.” Later, on March 21, 2016, the PAC made another payment to a resort in the Virgin Islands. This time, the money went towards a stay at the “one-of-a-kind” Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort and Spa also located in St. Croix. The Renaissance is situated “among the foothills of a lush tropical rainforest and only steps away from the pristine sands of Estate Davis Bay.”