Thursday, June 18, 2009

AmeriCorpsGate: Chicago Connection

You didn't have to be Einstein to guess that the Walpin firing might have had a Chicago connection. (After all, I guessed that--correctly, as it turns out.)

Mrs. Obama’s interest is more than passing. She ran the AmeriCorps-funded non-profit Public Allies in Chicago from 1993-1996 and served on its national board until 2001. Like so many of the AmeriCorps recipients investigated by the inspector general’s office over the years, Public Allies was found to have violated basic eligibility and compliance rules. A January 2007 audit reported that the group lacked internal controls verifying that recipients who received education grants and living allowances were legal citizens or permanent residents as required by law.

Gosh, what a surprise!

HT: Malkin

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