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Pigford Scam: Thousands of Fake Black "Farmers" Continue to Extort Billions of Dollars from the Predominantly White Tax Base
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January 24, 2011, 04:05 AM
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Bulldog researcher Carl Horowitz, author of the muckraking expos?©, Mainstreaming Demagoguery: Al Sharpton’s Rise to Respectability, has the story.
When Congress last November approved $1.15 billion to settle residual claims of racial discrimination by black farmers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), supporters lauded the vote and President Obama`s signature the following month. This, they said, was justice belatedly done. Yet critics justifiably have argued that the class-action suit rests on an edifice of fraud. Now a member of Congress, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is stating as much. And he`s lined up a pair of unnamed witnesses, one a black farmer and the other a longtime USDA employee, willing to tell all. Early this month, Rep. King announced these individuals indicated a willingness to reveal to Congress that plaintiffs` attorneys engaged in an unscrupulous campaign to sign up co-plaintiffs, many of whom never farmed in their lives. The issue now is whether he can persuade his colleagues to hold a hearing….

[Rep. Steve King Has Witnesses Ready to Testify about Pigford Fraud by Carl Horowitz, National Legal and Policy Center, January 18, 2011.]