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Charles Rangel RAT-NY paid parking tickets with campaign money ("nothing unethical" about it)
NY Daily News ^ | 12/30/08 | RICHARD SISK

Posted on 12/31/2008 5:11:50 AM PST by Libloather

Charles Rangel paid parking tickets with campaign money
RICHARD SISK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
Tuesday, December 30th 2008, 10:45 PM

WASHINGTON - Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) racked up $1,540 in parking tickets on his Chrysler PT Cruiser and paid for them - legally - with campaign money, his office confirmed Tuesday.

Rangel, who is fighting off a House ethics committee investigation of his taxes, campaign contributions and four rent-stabilized apartments in New York, was hit for multiple parking violations around the District of Columbia since March 2007, Congressional Quarterly reported.

Payments were made from Rangel's campaign committee and his "leadership" political action committee.

A spokesman for the House Ways and Means Committee chairman said there was "nothing unethical" about using donated money to pay the tickets. The spokesman noted that Congress members routinely use campaign money to pay for parking and traffic violations.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: campaign; money; rangel; tickets

1 posted on 12/31/2008 5:11:51 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Maybe he can pay his taxes with that money too.


2 posted on 12/31/2008 5:14:10 AM PST by Long Island Pete (Facts are stubborn things.)
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To: Libloather
LOL!!!

Poor Charlie. He wishes to bring back a military draft. And he might as well pay his household electrical bills with campaign funds. Obviously, he thinks its his due given his ancestral line made it through shark infested waters so long ago...

3 posted on 12/31/2008 5:19:49 AM PST by Alia
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To: Libloather

Mr. Rangel seems to have forgotten (or possibly he has never known) that there IS a difference between “illegal” and “unethical”.

There may not be a LAW against him using campaign contributions to pay personal parking tickets, but it is certainly not something that a truly ethical person would do. An honest, etthical, man would either a) avoid getting over $1,500 in fines in the first place by simply parking hia vehicle legally, or b) pay the fines he has racked up from his OWN pocket.

I think that MOST people do not want their contributions to political candidates used for theri PERSONAL “needs”.


4 posted on 12/31/2008 5:21:57 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Libloather
I'm amazed that he can fit behind the wheel of a car, let alone drive one. Which raises the question ... is it legal to use the campaign funds to pay the parking tickets of someone else???
5 posted on 12/31/2008 5:25:41 AM PST by NonValueAdded (once you get to really know people, there are always better reasons than [race] for despising them.)
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To: Libloather
I am not aware of any company I have worked for, that would allow me to expense parking or speeding tickets as a business write off.

While management may be sympathetic about the reasons for the tickets, IRS rules did not allow parking tickets to be expensed, but deemed them all “personal” expenses many years ago.

It doesn't matter whether the vehicle was a company truck or a personal vehicle used in business, it is all on the drivers’ dime.

6 posted on 12/31/2008 5:30:37 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: WayneS

“Mr. Rangel seems to have forgotten (or possibly he has never known) that there IS a difference between “illegal” and “unethical”.

Mr Rangel probably does not care about ‘illegal’ or ‘unethical’ actions. Liberals don’t care about what is right or wrong -—only changing society to reflect their twisted viewpoint and obtaining power........


7 posted on 12/31/2008 5:33:32 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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When the hell are they going to throw this bum out on his ass. Oh ,I forgot ,he’s black , guess he gets a pass.


8 posted on 12/31/2008 5:35:06 AM PST by sonic109
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To: Libloather
What time is the Reid/Pelosi press conference to discuss the party that portrays the culture of corruption? /crickets make noise
9 posted on 12/31/2008 5:40:38 AM PST by A Texan (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: NonValueAdded

“How can he fit behind the wheel of a car?”

He straps his ego on the roof rack.


10 posted on 12/31/2008 5:41:40 AM PST by Farmer Dean (168 grains of instant conflict resolution)
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To: WayneS
I think that MOST people do not want their contributions to political candidates used for their PERSONAL “needs”.

If so people making payments to politicians should have the politician sign a contract stating how the money should be used and what is expected for the payment. Otherwise a gift made to a person with no strings attached is simply a gift. I fail to see how someone cant attach strings to a gift donated by someone else.

11 posted on 12/31/2008 5:53:58 AM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: Farmer Dean
Ah, the splayed wheels are a dead giveaway :)

Excellent reply, Farmer Dean! Happy New Year.

12 posted on 12/31/2008 5:54:07 AM PST by NonValueAdded (once you get to really know people, there are always better reasons than [race] for despising them.)
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To: WayneS
Mr. Rangel seems to have forgotten (or possibly he has never known) that there IS a difference between “illegal” and “unethical”.

He knows, but believes he is above both

13 posted on 12/31/2008 5:56:01 AM PST by Popman (Dont worry Barney Frank has your ass-ets covered!!!)
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To: Libloather

Apparently the majority of Rangel’s constituents don’t mind his behavior.


14 posted on 12/31/2008 6:02:16 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: texas booster
It doesn't matter whether the vehicle was a company truck or a personal vehicle used in business, it is all on the drivers’ dime.

You forget that this is how it is in the real world. In Politico-world, there is no concept called 'personal responsibility' and everything is paid for by non-profits and PACs. With enough money, you can even buy your way up to a federal government position.

What we real-worlders don't voluntarily give them through donations is forced from us via taxes.

15 posted on 12/31/2008 6:10:48 AM PST by MamaTexan (Modern government is the scam of the century)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

In truth, he probably does not.

My comment was making reference to the fact that Mr. Rangel and his defenders seem to interchangeably refer to the legality of his actions and the ethics of his actions, as if they do not know there is a major difference between the two. Claiming something is “ethical” simply because it is NOT illegal is both disingenuous and unethical.

It’s not just Rangel, though. Many other politicians seemt to have the same affliction.


16 posted on 12/31/2008 6:14:26 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Libloather

Pelosi will run him out of Congress.

Not.


17 posted on 12/31/2008 6:31:35 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Le Chien Rouge
“Mr. Rangel seems to have forgotten (or possibly he has never known) that there IS a difference between “illegal” and “unethical”.

Only Republicans can be 'unethical'.

18 posted on 12/31/2008 6:33:08 AM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: NonValueAdded
I'm amazed that he can fit behind the wheel of a car, let alone drive one. Which raises the question ... is it legal to use the campaign funds to pay the parking tickets of someone else???

That was my first thought. I can't imagine Charley riding in anything less than a Caddilac El Dorado! If he was driving a PT Cruiser - I WANT PICTURES!!!

19 posted on 12/31/2008 6:49:48 AM PST by Free State Four
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To: WayneS

BUMP!


20 posted on 12/31/2008 8:58:16 AM PST by upchuck (Get ready for 2009: Pray; Raise/conserve cash; Pay your debts; Pray; Stockpile; Buy ammo; Pray)
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To: Free State Four
Charlie in a PT Cruiser?

Maybe a trusted male or female intern ...

Can't have no heavies servicing the Man.

21 posted on 12/31/2008 11:19:38 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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