Bail Jumper | Obama Backed Black Chamber of Commerce Official Skips Town

Alford launched a self-described “war” on Obama

Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis previously told TheDC that the president wasn’t favoring Alford or Busby, simply trying to reach out to all groups.

Jonathan Strong | The Daily Caller

Rather than face his newly revealed checkered past, a top official from the Obama-backed black chamber of commerce has apparently fled town.

Brandon Trainer, formerly the treasurer for the U.S. Black Chamber, Inc. – the Obama-backed rival upstart to Harry Alford’s National Black Chamber of Commerce – failed to appear in court Wednesday morning and cannot be found by colleagues in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to Kim Burke, a leader of the regional black chamber of commerce there.

A private investigator hired to track down Trainer found the furniture in his house had already been removed, Burke said. Trainer faces criminal charges in Missouri for allegedly defrauding a Hurricane Katrina victim out of $1,500. He also lied about graduating from Harvard, which he never even attended as an undergraduate.

Burke said the regional black chamber is scrambling to pick up the pieces left in Trainer’s wake. “Right now everyone is getting hit by the shock and awe of it,” she said. “We still don’t know where the money is.”

Burke blames the U.S. Black Chamber for allowing Trainer to associate with it, which she relied on in trusting him. Officials at the group did not return a phone call.

As reported by The Daily Caller, President Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, has backed the U.S. Black Chamber, bringing its president, Ron Busby, to the White House for bill signings and important speeches, and his staff even helping coin the new organization’s motto, “the national voice of the black business community.”

The catch is: there is already an organization in D.C. called the National Black Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1992 and headed by Alford.

 

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