Newark District Gave $933K to Group Aligned with Farrakhan


NEWARK – Among the many questionable expenditures EAGnews recently found after reviewing Newark Public Schools’ finances was this especially curious one: $933,967 to the Women in Support of the Million Man March (WISOMMM) organization (see full story here).

The Newark school district says the money is used to pay the organization for “the operation of early childhood programs.”

As it turns out, the WISOMMM recently filed for bankruptcy protection, according to the Wall Street Journal. The group is also under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has accused it of “improperly spending” parts of a $345,325 federal grant and then “attempting to ‘cover up their actions’ during a subsequent investigation,” according to the WSJ.

Specifically, the group is being accused of “fraud, unjust enrichment, payment under mistake of fact, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and civil conspiracy,” according to a criminal complaint filed by the Justice Department.

The complaint alleges, among other things, WISOMMM improperly used funds to host a group of Bermudans and took them on “cultural” activities such as movies, an aquarium, shopping trips, a bowling alley and a professional basketball game.

WISOMM is also accused of creating “fictitious justifications and false documentation to hide their actual use of the grant funds,” according to the filing, which also accused the group of paying expenses related to its parent company.

Nation of Islam leader and rabid anti-Semite, Minister Louis Farrakhan, has come to the group’s defense, holding a fundraiser last year for its legal fund, according to


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