The Democrats Culture of Corruption
Former House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) was charged with multiple ethics violations on Thursday. In an election year, the democrat from New York who spent the last 40 years in Congress representing the 15th District said he looks forward to fighting the charges.
The ethics committee won’t reveal the specific charges until next Thursday at a public meeting. However, several persons familiar with the allegations, who were not authorized to discuss them publicly, said some of the charges…were related to:
- Rangel’s use of official stationery to raise money for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York.
- His use of four rent-subsidized apartment units in New York City. The city’s rent stabilization program is supposed to apply to one’s primary residence. One had been used as a campaign office, raising a separate question of whether the rent break was an improper gift.
- Rangel’s failure to report income as required on his annual financial disclosure forms. The committee had investigated his failure to report income from the lawmaker’s rental unit at the Punta Cana Yacht Club in the Dominican Republic. Rangel also belatedly disclosed hundreds of thousands of dollars in investment assets.
Sanctions can range from a damaging committee report to censure by the House and even expulsion, a punishment reserved for only the most egregious violations. SOURCE
In 2009, it was reported that the Congressman from New York failed to report as much as $1.3 million dollars in outside income, including $1 million dollars from the sale of a building in Harlem. After amending financial disclosure forms for the period of 2000-2006, it was determined that Rangel also conveniently failed to reveal an additional $3 million dollars of other business related income during the same period.
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