Carol Moseley-Braun

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Carol Moseley-Braun is the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

Mosley-Braun was born in Chicago, Illinois, August 16, 1947, was educated in Chicago public school and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1969. She went on to go to the University of Chicago School of Law, and graduated in 1972. In 1992, Carol Moseley-Braun was elected to the U.S Senate to represent Illinois, and she served on the Senate from 1993 to 1999.

From 1973 to 1986 she was married to Michael Braun and they have one son.

Moseley Braun was the subject of a 1993 Federal Election Commission investigation over $249,000 in unaccounted-for campaign funds. The agency found some small violations, but took no action against Moseley Braun, citing a lack of resources. Moseley Braun only admitted to bookkeeping errors. The Justice Department turned down two requests for investigations from the IRS.[1]

In 1996, Moseley Braun made a private trip to Nigeria, where she met with dictator Sani Abacha. Despite U.S. sanctions against that country due to Abacha's actions, the Senator neither notified nor registered her trip with the State Department. She subsequently defended Abacha's human rights records in Congress.[2] Her former fiancé Kgosie Matthews, who also served on her campaign staff (in violation of U.S. immigration regulations[3]), had been a lobbyist for the Nigerian government; Matthews would later leave the country. She had paid Matthews, a native of South Africa, a salary of $15,000 a month during the campaign.[4]

In 1998, after George Will wrote a column reviewing the allegations of corruption against her,[5] Moseley Braun played the race card, "I think because he couldn't say n*gg*r, he said corrupt,"[6] She also compared Will to a Ku Klux Klansman, saying: "I mean this very sincerely from the bottom of my heart: He can take his hood and put it back on again, as far as I'm concerned."[7] Later, Moseley Braun apologized for her remarks.[6]


  1. Slate, Is Carol Moseley-Braun [sic] a Crook?", February 19, 2003.
  2. NPR, "2004 Democratic Presidential Candidates: Carol Moseley Braun", May 6, 2003
  3. Siskind Susser Bland. "US SENATOR’S CAMPAIGN MANAGER FOUND TO BE WORKING ILLEGALLY Template:Webarchive." May 1998. Accessed February 16, 2010.
  4. Johnson, Dirk, "Illinois's new Senator under fire on issue of boyfriend's conduct", Chicago Tribune, December 31, 1992. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
  5. Will, George F. "Story of Chicagoan Carol Moseley-Braun Template:Webarchive." September 6, 1998.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Associated Press, "Moseley-Braun Lashes Out At Columnist, Apologizes" (defunct link. Archived copy as of June 13, 2007.), CNN, September 9, 1998.
  7. "Moseley-Braun loses to Republican Fitzgerald", CNN, November 3, 1998.