Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) steered more than $5 million in tax dollars to the University of Houston, where her husband is an official.
The Washington Post revealed in an investigative report dubbed “Family Ties” that Jackson ensured her husband’s university was well subsidized.
In a statement to KHOU 11 News, Jackson Lee said she never discussed funding with her husband and UH was one of many area schools that received federal dollars.
“Not only have I worked vigorously to secure federal funds for the University of Houston, I have also worked just as aggressively to secure funds for other educational institutions in my Congressional District and in the State,” she wrote. “We helped such institutions such as Texas Southern University, Houston Baptist University, Houston Community College, Lone Star College System and the University of Texas.”
The newspaper reports 15 other members of Congress also directed federal dollars to colleges where family members work.