It was pure fraud. The original intention behind the compensation was legit, black farmers had indeed been discriminated against, but for all those who latched on afterwards at the behest of a few corrupt/dishonest lawyers, they were thieving the American public and deserve some jail time. Kudos to Bachmann for keeping this in the nation spotlight. KGS
Michele Bachmann Bashes The Black Farmer Settlement
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann pointed to one program in particular Monday when talking about wasteful government spending: a multibillion dollar settlement paid to black farmers, who claim the federal government discriminated against them for decades in awarding loans and other aid. The issue came up after Bachmann and Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa toured flooded areas along the Missouri River. During a news conference, they fielded a question about whether farmers affected by the flooding also should be worried by proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture cuts.