Scholarships went to people tied to Ga. lawmaker

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Associated Press

Posted on September 24, 2010 at 5:04 AM

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — The discord over charity scholarships awarded by Rep. Sanford Bishop's office is growing.

Bishop acknowledged earlier this month that his stepdaughter and niece received financial scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. The south Georgia lawmaker says he would repay the foundation more than $6,000 to refund the cost of those grants.

Now, interviews and public documents show four more students with ties to Bishop and his wife also received scholarships.

Two were children of employees who work for Bishop's wife. A third student is related to a Bishop staffer, and the fourth interned for the lawmaker's office.

A government watchdog group says those awards look like cronyism. Bishop campaign spokesman Tim Turner said the scholarships met rules set by the charity.

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