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Old 12-22-05, 12:18 PM
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Bush-Bashing Black Charity Sits on Katrina Cash



Bush-Bashing Black Charity Sits on Katrina Cash
By Marc Morano
CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
December 22, 2005

(CNSNews.com) -The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which slammed the Bush administration for its allegedly slow and racially insensitive response to Hurricane Katrina, has yet to spend any of the estimated $400,000 that it raised for the victims of the Aug. 29 storm.

"We are collecting all the way up through the very end of the year and then our board has set aside a committee who is going to administer the funds," Patty Rice, spokeswoman for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), told Cybercast News Service on Wednesday. The Foundation is an offshoot of the Congressional Black Caucus and was founded in 1976.

[B]In the days immediately following the hurricane, with parts of the Louisiana and Mississippi coastline demolished and the city of New Orleans under water as a result of broken levees, members of the Congressional Black Caucus condemned the Bush administration's handling of storm relief efforts.

"We have witnessed something shockingly awful and that is the lack of response, the quick response, from our government to those Americans who are suffering [and] who are dying," said U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr., (D-Ill.) on Sept. 2, four days after Katrina made landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), also present at the Congressional Black Caucus' Sept. 2 news conference, declared that she was "ashamed of America."

"I'm ashamed of our government. We don't want another Iraq, where the money just goes off somewhere. This is real human need. And I'm outraged by the lack of response from our federal government," Kilpatrick said

The CBCF then launched its own relief fund on Sept. 21, with a stated goal of raising $1 million to help Gulf Coast residents rebuild their lives. As Cybercast News Service previously reported, the CBCF claimed immediate success, telling reporters on Sept. 21 that it had already received $700,000 in corporate pledges.

But on Wednesday, exactly three months after the news conference launching the CBCF relief fund, Rice told Cybercast News Service that the Foundation has actually raised "somewhere in the neighborhood of $350 to $400,000." She added that the distribution of the money would not begin until January or February of 2006 at the earliest.[B]

Ken Boehm, chairman of the conservative National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a group that monitors charitable giving, was quick to criticize the CBCF.

"It sounds like the CBCF has been stressing the immediacy of the [victims'] needs when they raised the money and yet for some reason when it comes time to dishing it out they can't seem to get organized," Boehm told Cybercast News Service.

"The need is immediate and ongoing as they themselves have cited. For whatever reasons they have failed to give away a single cent as of the week before Christmas," Boehm said. "It appears that the CBCF has failed to meet the standard that it set up itself for: timely aid to Katrina victims."

Don Tharpe, president of the CBCF, described how the Katrina relief fund would be spent in an undated message on the group's website.

"A Katrina Relief Committee made up of CBCF board members will be appointed to oversee the disbursement of donated funds. Part of the role of CBCF's Katrina Relief Committee will be to dispense funds to entities that directly deliver services and tangible needs to people who are attempting to move back into and resurrect their neighborhoods," Tharpe wrote.

But Boehm ridiculed the need to form a committee to decide how to spend donations four months after the tragedy.

"Giving away money is far easier than raising it. The [victims'] needs are overwhelming. The CBCF has members from that part of Louisiana. There are many organizations doing fine work, that are in desperate need of those funds and yet for reasons that they have not quite explained, the CBCF has failed to dispense any of the aid," Boehm said.

Beginning almost immediately after the storm and continuing for weeks, members of the Congressional Black Caucus spared no criticism of the Bush administration for the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

In September, U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), one of the caucus' most prominent members, compared President Bush to the notorious Birmingham, Ala., police commissioner and segregationist from the 1960s, Bull Connor.

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, alleged that if a Democrat had won each of the last two presidential elections, the federal response to the hurricane would have been more timely.


"Watching family members and others cling to rooftops in Hurricane Katrina, I wonder whether or not the absence of attention [to the recovery effort] is attributable to the loss of a vote in 2000 and 2004," Jackson Lee said.

However, in spite of the charges that racism contributed to the government's response to Katrina, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals recently released statistics showing that a higher percentage of whites died in New Orleans as a result of the Aug. 29 hurricane than blacks.
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They'll offer some lame excuse and the news media will try to presuade people why that excuse isn't lame.
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Or, more likely, the media simply won't report on it. Notice the news outlet here that had to report on this matter.

Had the tables been reversed, however, and some Christian Conservative charity had bashed a Democrat President and claimed racism for a slow response, and then hadn' released any money of their own after all this time, you can bet it would be all over the New York Times by now.

If they do report on it, your scenario is almsot certainly assured to come true.
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I do not know what is worse, that they are sitting on the money, or they only raised 400,000 bucks.
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Does The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation hold their meetings in a local steak house?
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And if they release the cash, I'll bet it will probably only go to black victims of Katrina.
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They wanted to invest a little first. Give 'em a break.
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Old 12-22-05, 04:26 PM
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They should invest it for a few years, then they could possibly make an extra thousand dollars. I guess by then they will not be able to find anybody to help and they will all get Christmas bonuses.
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If they're like some other Black Rights Organizations then they're probably trying to figure out how to give the money to the <i>mistress and bastard child of the married guy</i> who runs the place.
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If they're like some other Black Rights Organizations then they're probably trying to figure out how to give the money to the <i>mistress and bastard child of the married guy</i> who runs the place.
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I'm sure Kanye West will say something when he accpets his Grammys on stage.
After all he's a shoein to win a Grammy, the liberal music industry wanted to award him for what he said about Bush.
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I heard they blamed it on the jews. Or more precisely Herschel and Shimmel down in accounting.
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Wow, more fair and balanced reporting from the liberal media over there at the Media Research Center. Shocking!
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However, in spite of the charges that racism contributed to the government's response to Katrina, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals recently released statistics showing that a higher percentage of whites died in New Orleans as a result of the Aug. 29 hurricane than blacks.
George Bush doesn't care about white people.
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Does The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation hold their meetings in a local steak house?
They used to ... until they destroyed them all.
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