First up is Scott McKay over at the Hayride. Scott has long been a friend to the Slabbed Nation and he checks in with this must read:
Take state sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, for example, who happens to be a principal in an organization which is on the hook for some $300,000 under Kennedy’s new persnickety regime. It turns out that The Colomb Foundation is a non-profit run by her husband Sterling Colomb, Jr., and it was begun as a tribute to his mother Verna Colomb, who died of breast cancer, and his adopted sister Dene’ Colomb, who was tragically murdered by Baton Rouge serial killer Derrick Todd Lee. The foundation says its principal mission is to promote breast cancer awareness, as though nobody in the private sector is doing that without getting government dollars, and it says it puts on an annual cancer walk, an annual health fair and an annual teen summit – apparently for that purpose. We couldn’t find anything on the web site about any of those events actually taking place, and a Google search for them didn’t yield anything either. In fact, here’s a sample of what you’ll find on the site’s “calendar“ page…
Back in 2010 Jason Berry over at American Zombie coined the definitive phrase for the phenomenon Scott now describes: “Conprofit“. Here in Mississippi let’s all join hands and say Mississippi Marine Resources Foundation three times fast. Different scam, same concept.
Next is Lauren McGaughy at NOLA Media Group:
One of these groups, the Colomb Foundation, was founded by Dorsey-Colomb’s husband, Sterling Colomb Jr. The foundation works to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer, and educates women and children about healthy eating habits, safety and awareness.
According to the information supplied by Kennedy, the foundation hasn’t provided full financial accounting for $300,000 appropriated from the state general funds in 2007.
According to an executive order initiated by Gov. Kathleen Blanco and re-signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, any group that receives funds from the general budget must provide “a comprehensive budget, detailed description of the public purpose and detailed cost information outlining the use of the appropriated funds.”
The Colomb Foundation also received $370,000 from the capital outlay budget — which doesn’t have the same financial reporting rules — between 2007 and 2011 for building and grounds improvement, planning and construction.