Who woulda thunk it? It’s already well-established that the good souls of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives had a ‘No Jews need apply’ policy*. Now it turns out that, like so many bigots, they’re also corrupt (boldface mine):
A former top official in the White House’s faith-based office was awarded a lucrative Department of Justice grant under pressure from two senior Bush administration appointees, according to current and former DOJ staff members and a review of internal DOJ documents and emails.
The $1.2 million grant was jointly awarded to a consulting firm run by Lisa Trevino Cummins who previously headed Hispanic outreach efforts for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and a California evangelical group, Victory Outreach.
The grant was awarded over the strong objections of career DOJ staff who did not believe that Victory Outreach was qualified for the grant and that too great an amount of the funds was going to Cummins’ consulting company instead of being spent on services for children….
Cummins’ said in the application that she planned to have one of her senior employees oversee Victory Outreach’s use of the federal funds, even though that employee, Kelly Cowles, had mismanaged funds according to Ohio state investigators.
The proposal said that Cowles was qualified because as president of her own consulting company she had designed and implemented “a two-year statewide $22 million” faith-based initiative for the Ohio Governor’s Office.
Ohio’s governor terminated that contract for mismanagement in March 2007.
An investigation by the Ohio Inspector General in September 2007 questioned more than $125,000 in payments to Cowles’ firm, concluding that “there was no documentation of what work was performed, services provided, or actual days worked.” Cowles’ company filed for bankruptcy protection in June of that year….
One thing to remember about the conservative Uruk-hai base is that they’re not particularly smart, but they are, politically anyway, sociopathic, in that they will do anything without any sense of restraint.
*Of course, there shouldn’t be a governmental faith-based office to begin with.