Thursday, June 26, 2008
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Jefferson Parish Councilman and recently announced 2nd Congressional District candidate Byron Lee sponsored a resolution to send $50,000 of the parish's federal Community Development Block Grant to the nonprofit Jefferson Sports and Scholastic Foundation to pay for two summer camps. The Parish Council unanimously passed the resolution, despite an earlier public protest about Lee's direction of funds from a landfill settlement to the nonprofit and the nonprofit's apparent failure to file required IRS Forms 990. Lee started the foundation to fulfill a campaign promise to help low-income children find summer enrichment, and his campaign treasurer directs the group. In a previous story, the Times-Picayune reported that the Foundation had applied for tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code but had never apparently filed a Form 990, even a year after the failure to file had been brought to the attention of Lee's campaign treasurer.