Top Obama Fundraiser Admits To Misusing $600K In Grants

EDGARTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 05: Barack Obama attends the premiere of Netflix's Descendant during the Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival at MV Performing Arts Center on August 05, 2022 in Edgartown, Massachusetts. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for Netflix)

At a glance

  • A top fundraiser for former president Barack Obama confessed to misusing more than $600,000 in federal grant money and embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a nonprofit dedicated to helping impoverished youth, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
  • Howard Dixon Slingerland, who raised nearly $750,000 for both of Obama’s presidential campaigns, illegally took federal grant money to pay off more than $600,000 of his organization’s payroll and credit card debts, which included personal expenses.
  • The $1.5 million grant was meant to provide career advancement for young adults who had been through the criminal justice system, court filings show.

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