UNCF President and CEO Michael Lomax was caught on audio deriding critics of his $25 million “Koch scholars” partnership and bragging about how he had won over radio host Tom Joyner to sell the idea to the black community.United Negro College Fund President and CEO Michael Lomax has been bragging about how he won over the black community for his notoriously controversial $25 million “Koch scholars” partnership, all while slamming his critics, according to Salon.
According to the news site, which was provided exclusive audio from the Koch brothers’ June retreat, Lomax reportedly told attendees at the extravagant event about how he had won the favor of radio host Tom Joyner, overriding the complaints of those side-eyeing the partnership.
After it was announced in early June that the Koch brothers would be donating one of the largest monetary gifts the UNCF had ever received, some criticisms targeted the Koch brothers themselves for their support of right-of-center organizations during elections. Some saw the grant as the opening of an opportunity for the right to appeal to minority voters for the upcoming elections.
The grant targets nearly 3,000 merit-based awards to African-American undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students seeking scholarships, according to the release. It will also help the 37 UNCF-member HBCUs by offsetting funding shortfalls that set in during the economic downturn.