KXAN reported that a nonprofit whose stated goal is to help veterans find jobs has spent very little toward that effort while its director, a Texas House candidate, collects a nice salary.
That information was discovered by Naval Reserve Officer Nathan Kaspar, who has helped scrutinize charities that claim to help veterans. After receiving a flyer from Carrie Isaac’s campaign that mentioned her as executive director for the Digital Education and Work Initiative of Texas, he began looking into the group, which is also known as DEWIT.
He shared DEWIT’s tax filings with the TV station. They show that the organization had revenue of $251,501 in 2018, but only gave a $1,200 stipend to two veterans while Isaac collected $63,750 as a salary.
Kaspar told KXAN he had a phone conversation with Isaac in which she told him the rest of the money went to staff and was seed money to get DEWIT up and running. However, Kaspar questions what happened to the “seed money.”
Jason Isaac, Carrie Isaac’s husband and a former state lawmaker, serves as an officer with DEWIT. He called KXAN to explain that the revenue for the organization is intended to pay staff members such as his wife and to get the organization off the ground. He did add that DEWIT took in no additional revenue in 2019. He said his wife stepped away from the nonprofit to campaign for the District 45 seat on the Republican ticket.
Jason Isaac said DEWIT has connected about two dozen veterans with work opportunities, but told the TV station he couldn’t refer it to any veterans or the organizations that have employed them due to privacy rules and nondisclosure agreements.
On social media, Carrie Isaac has called the coverage of DEWIT and Kaspar’s information “fake news,” KXAN reported.
“I would love to be wrong about it,” Kaspar said. “But you cannot stand on the backs of disabled veterans and run for office, and not expect to be fact-checked.”