Rep. Chaka Fattah has hired as his chief of staff a former executive at an education nonprofit founded by the Pennsylvania Democrat that is the subject of a federal investigation, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. Roger Jackson served as chief operating officer at the Educational Advancement Alliance, a scholarship charity that prosecutors contend supplied money to help Mr. Fattah repay an illegal loan for a 2007 campaign.
Mr. Jackson received a scholarship through the alliance and went on to earn two masters degrees and work as a school principal and nonprofit executive. He has not been named in plea documents relating to the federal probe and said that during his tenure with the alliance he "was not aware of any wrongdoing," including the alleged payment. Mr. Fattah, whose network of nonprofits has drawn scrutiny for their spending of federal dollars, described Mr. Jackson as "a great guy who has done extraordinary work for a number of organizations."