Kevin Johnson Scandal — The mid-June firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin led to the release of a report, Nov. 20, involving sex, money, politics and basketball that would be a major story on every dying newspaper and network if the players had happened to be Republican.
Walpin found financial shenanigans in AmeriCorps — a federal public works program started by Bill Clinton– and was fired by President Obama without regard to protocol.
Republicans managed to get a congressional investigation and the report by Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and Congressmen Darrell Issa (Ca-49), the ranking minority members of the Senate Finance Committee and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — in case you were unaware the Democrats have controlled both House and Senate since 2007 — is kind of fun.
Former NBA star Kevin Johnson ran the non-profit St. Hope School which received AmeriCorps money and had employees that were paid with AmeriCorp money.
Walpin was looking into allegations that Johnson used these employees to wash his car, run errands and participate in political activities. Johnson, who is now mayor of Sacramento, is a big supporter of Obama.
Well, now is where it gets good.
It turns out that these personal errands included requests for sex. When an AmeriCorps worker objected, Johnson started paying her off. With our tax dollars, of course. Now, the St. Hope Board of Directors included Michelle Rhee who runs the public school system for Washington D.C. and it was to Ms. Rhee that the young lady made a complaint. It was soon after the young lady received a visit from Johnson’s lawyer and the money started coming in.
And, for what it’s worth, Ms. Rhee and Johnson are now engaged.
As fun a story as this might be, don’t look for it in the Philadelphia Inquirer. They still haven’t mentioned Governor X.
Regarding Jaime’s comment below: The Issa/Grassley report describes the victims as students at one point but quotes a school official as calling one of the victims an “AmeriCorps Member”.
Here’s a link to a story describing the sexual molestation incident from the ’90s. The story says the age of the girl was 16.