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former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts

Charity Says Watts Fired Legitimately

Say He Misrepresented Fundraising Abilities

When former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts (Rep., Okla.) was fired in November by Feed the Children, directors of the charity said, it was for business reasons, and not for the reasons the agency’s president and chief executive officer cited in his lawsuit.

The directors are calling his conduct “insubordinate, dishonest and improper.”

Specifically, directors claim Mr. Watts misrepresented his fundraising abilities and sought to hire “his cronies and friends of cronies” to high-paying executive positions at the Oklahoma City-based charity.

Mr. Watts sued the charity and six directors in April. He complains in the lawsuit that he was fired in retaliation for reporting problems and irregularities at the charity to the state attorney general’s office. He is seeking actual and punitive damages.

He claims...

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