Follow-up on Kendrick Meek

by Neal B. Freeman

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has objected to my characterization of Rep. Kendrick Meek’s caucus chairmanship. CBCF makes three points. Where I said that “Meek was moved out of the chairmanship earlier this year in favor of Donald Payne,” CBCF says that “Rep. Meek was not ‘moved out’ but elected to resign and Donald Payne was elected.” Duly noted. But I’m sticking with my interpretation.

Second, where I stated that between 2004 and 2008 CBCF had raised $55 million, CBCF says that it raised $24 million (with the balance going to the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, and the Congressional Black Caucus PAC). I stand corrected. And finally, where I wrote that most of the money was spent on “receptions, junkets, theme parties, galas and other team-building exercises,” CBCF says it spends its funds advancing “the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public.” One man’s Mede is indeed another man’s Persian, but we could disperse all doubt if CBCF and affiliated organizations just opened their books.     

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