The Best of 2011: Mollohan still in the news
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By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Despite being out of office for nearly two years, former 1st congressional district Rep. Alan Mollohan still managed to make his way onto our second most read story of 2011.
The former Democratic congressman played a large roll in funneling earmarks to a non-profit he helped form. However, a board member for at least one Mollohan non-profit, Jeffrey Burum, was named in a 29-count indictment on public corruption charges in California.
Burum is listed as a board member for the Vandalia Heritage Foundation, a non-profit created by Mollohan and ran by President and CEO Laura Kuhns, a former Mollohan staff member. Kuhns is also a member of the National Housing Development Corporation, renamed National Community Renaissance, which Burum runs as executive director.
Mollohan, as a congressmen, steered $31 million to Burum’s NHDC between 2001 and 2006. Mollohan steered $173 million between 1997 and 2006 to five non-profits he had a hand in creating, including the NHDC and Vandalia, which received 92 percent of its funding from earmarks between 1999 and 2006. The other non-profits receiving money during this time were MountainMade, the Institute for Scientific Research, and the West Virginia High Technology Consortium.
Mollohan was also the beneficiary of large campaign donations from Burum over the years, who donated $75,000 to a 527 group that ran ads against Republican Chris Wakim during Mollohan’s 2006 reelection campaign. Burum also donated $5,000 to Mollohan’s Summit, as well as direct contributions to Mollohan’s campaigns, most recently $2,300. Three non-profits ran by Burum have also received over $15 million from Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., whose PAC received over $6,900 from Burum since 2007.
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