Timeline of Republican Nominee for Texas Senate Dawn Buckingham’s Candidate Resume Fraud

2012 – US Senate Investigation & State Attorneys General Investigation

  • A fraud investigation by 20 State Attorneys General uncovered that National American University (under the leadership of Buckingham’s family) was one of several for-profit universities using a deceptive website “GIBill.com” that was preying upon veterans and their GI Bill education money. The website’s operators were fined, the website shut down, and the website’s name turned over the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Source:
GIBill.com shut down in settlement over defrauding veterans;
For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success; See page 68 of the report, footnote #240

 

  • In 2012, the United States Senate also released the results of a two-year investigation of the predatory for-profit university industry. The investigation targeted National American University and 14 other for-profit schools for putting corporate profit ahead of student education and leaving veterans and other students with massive debt in unpaid college loans for degrees. The report noted that NAU and these other for-profit schools were charging substantially more for college degrees than similar educational costs at state universities or community colleges. The investigation specifically exposed the deceptive and predatory marketing practices that NAU was using to recruit veterans and other students.

Source:
For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success – United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee;
National American University For-Profit Report;

 

  • The 2012 United States Senate for-profit university investigation also brought to light that Buckingham’s father-in-law (who is also now the largest contributor in her 2016 State Senate bid) paid himself as Chairman of NAU over $3 million dollars in 2010 for managing a university with just 8,000 students. Comparatively, this salary is more than the collective salaries of the Chancellors of the UT system, Texas A&M system and Texas Tech system which have collectively over 400,000 students.

Source:
For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success – United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee;
National American University For-Profit Report;
Pay is Climbing Fast for Texas University Leaders

 

2013 – Buckingham Begins Serving on NAU Board of Governors

  • As a financially compensated stockholder, Dawn Buckingham began her service on the Board of Governors of NAU as it aggressively marketed for veterans and economically disadvantaged students in Texas (ie, students eligible for federal education funding).

Source:
Dawn Buckingham 2014 – 2016 Personal Financial Statements Filed with Texas Ethics Commission

2014 – Undisclosed Conflict of Interest Violation

  • Buckingham is appointed by Lt Governor David Dewhurst to the Texas Sunset Commission that was tasked with consideration of reforms to the Texas Workforce Commission to protect veterans and other students from abusive profiteering by the for-profit career businesses in Texas. At a December 2014 hearing, Buckingham twice lobbied the Commission as a sitting member to weaken accountability reforms on the for-profit career industry.

Source:
Texas Sunset Commission Hearing – 12/10/14 
(Buckingham’s remarks begin at 1:34:00 and continue past the 1:50:00 mark.)

 

2015 – Candidate Resume Fraud Begins

  • The Veterans Education Success organization released a national study showing how for-profit universities were taking advantage of veterans and other students with expensive and bogus college degrees that did not qualify them for jobs. Specially mentioned in the Veterans Education Success study were college degrees in Texas offered by NAU while Buckingham served on its Board of Governors.
  • To distance herself from NAU’s scandalous connection to charges of predatory marketing, fraud and exploitation of veteran and GI bill education money, Buckingham resigns from its Board of Governors just two months prior to launching her State Senate Campaign. She then purposely omits her involvement with NAU on all of her campaign material.

Source:
“The GI Bill Pays for Degrees That Do Not Lead To a Job”;
Dawn Buckingham 2016 Personal Financial Statement Filed with Texas Ethics Commission;
dawnbuckingham.com

 

2016 Primary-Candidate Resume Fraud Undetected in Primary

Buckingham’s resume fraud goes undetected in the March 1st primary despite the fact that 72% of the contributions and loans in her State Senate campaign came from stockholders and/or board members of NAU including a $100,000 contribution from her father-in-law who is also Chairman of NAU.

2016 Runoff- Candidate Resume Fraud Exposed In Runoff

  • Buckingham’s campaign resume fraud would have likely gone unnoticed in the runoff too, but for a question by a veterans organization this past April and an investigation by the Austin-based Quorum Report.
  • Since having her NAU Board position exposed, Buckingham has refused to provide an explanation or requested information to the press or with concerned veterans organizations.
  • Buckingham has also refused to make public how much compensation, stock, and profit she has accumulated over the last ten years from National American University.
  • According to a May 2, 2016 KVUE-TV investigative report, National American University has only a 25% graduate rate and its students have an average debt of $34,486. To put that in perspective, the graduation rate at the University of Texas is 79 percent and its students have an average debt of $22,165.

Source:
Dawn Buckingham Campaign Finance Reports Filed with Texas Ethics Commission;
http://www.national.edu/sec-filings/;
Senate candidate Buckingham under scrutiny for ties to “predatory” for-profit college;
KVUE Defenders Investigation: For-profit universities 

This Information was originally published by: http://www.texasgopvote.com

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The Dawn Buckingham (R) Candidate Resume Fraud File

 

Jennie Lou Leeder Visits Comanche County

A couple of weeks ago the Democratic Nominee for the Texas Senate representing District 24 visited Comanche County. In the early morning hours she began her tour with a stop at the Historic Old Cora on the Comanche Square. Then, to cover as much ground as possible she went to Deleon, Texas to chat with the Coffee Drinkers at HWY 6 Cafe. After about a thirty minute chat with the locals in Deleon she visited the Doctors Medical Center as she wanted to see first hand the Healthcare that Comanche County has and although most of the Doctors were on their rounds. She did meet with the receptionists and speak to them about issues regarding healthcare. Then it was off to the Corps of Engineers where she spoke to the Proctor Lake Manager about infrastructure issues that she has on her mind and wanted feedback on what he wanted to see happen in Austin. After that she visited the Upper Leon Water District where she talked at length with a worker who was very concerned with the direction the country is going in. She answered very tough questions about almost everything regarding the Democratic Party. After that great visit she Toured Durham Pecan’s Factory and Retail Shop on HWY 377. She was amazed to see how such a small town could have such an operation and was even treated to some of their legendary chocolate covered peanuts. Finally, to wrap up her tour she visited the Comanche County Courthouse and met the Tax Accessor and the County Clerk. She encourages anyone with questions to contact her directly as she answers her phone and her email personally and you can find her contact information at: http://www.jennielouleeder.com

Left to Right: Jennie Lou Leeder at Durham’s Pecan Plant and Retail Store with Plant Manager David Brawley and Lance Morgan; Jennie Lou Leeder chatting with the coffee drinkers at: HWY 6 Cafe in Deleon, Texas; Jennie Lou Leeder at Historic Old Cora in Downtown Comanche, Texas

Is Dawn Buckingham Really For Public Education??

I have been covering the tight Senate District 24 race between Republican Candidate Dawn Buckingham an Eye Surgeon from Austin. (How a Surgeon can relate to a Senate District made mostly of Agriculturally based rural towns is beyond me.) But, she did win the runoff over Susan King the widely adored State Representative from Abilene. Buckingham’s tactics in the race were the most vicious I have ever seen in a Texas race. But, that is besides the point. We are focused on Texas Education and how Dawn Buckingham has said that she is for Public Education. Well, if that is the case then why does she keep missing the Retired Texas Teachers Association meetings. She was a no show in Mills County. Although, I was informed that she will be holding a meet and greet in Mills County. Which to the best of my knowledge she did not visit the County during the Primary or the Runoff Campaign. She said that she had to work. Now, I can understand that a Dr. must tend to her patients and I agree that yes patients are important. But, Buckingham has been popping up everywhere across the District , but with only certain people. She was pictured with a few people here and there , but they tend to be people that I guess she can relate to. People that are not your average main street , blue collar workers in my opinion. Why is she not attending meetings like the Retired Teachers? Perhaps we should be asking ourselves if she really is for Public Education considering Governor Perry tried to get ahold of the Teacher Retirement Service , but failed. The Republican Party in Texas has a history of not supporting Public Education and Teachers , but supporting Vouchers and Private Schools. Dr. Buckingham, are you really for public education?? Why are you not showing up at these meetings?? Feel free to email me at: jdawsonhicks@gmail.com with your response. I would love to hear your reasons behind it. An elected official who will remain nameless best described her I think when he or she said that she was just, “Another Politician” and then he pleaded the fifth. dawn