Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brown's Daughter Says Car Was a Present to Her

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brown's Daughter Says Car Was a Present to Her

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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's daughter said yesterday the

congresswoman had "nothing to do with" the gift of a $50,000

luxury car the daughter received after the Jacksonville lawmaker

lobbied to free a millionaire businessman from a prison

sentence.

Ending a month-long silence, Shantrel Brown, a 32-year-old

government lawyer in Washington, said she was given the Lexus by

a friend, Karim Pouye, whom she met in Miami last year.

She said Pouye also was a friend of Foutanga Sissoko, the

businessman whose prison sentence Rep. Brown tried

unsuccessfully to lift.

But Shantrel Brown said there was no connection between her

mother's activism and Pouye's decision to give her the car.

"I knew that the offer was made in friendship, and I accepted

it without reservation," Shantrel Brown said in a statement

given to reporters in Jacksonville. "My mother was not present

in these conversations, and she had no part in my decision to

accept the car. I am an adult who makes my own decisions."

It is illegal for a representative's relative to take a gift if

the House member had reason to believe the gift was given

because of the representative's official position in the House.

Last month, the Congressional Accountability Project, a

watchdog group, called on the House ethics committee to conduct

an investigation of the car. The committee has not taken any

formal action to launch a probe.

The St. Petersburg Times had reported that Sissoko's attorney

said Sissoko told his aides to give the congresswoman a car out

of friendship. …

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