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Paranoid Rangel Claims We Broke Into His Office
National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 31, 2011 | Peter Flaherty

Posted on 01/31/2011 11:21:27 AM PST by jazusamo

One of the more bizarre elements of today's Washington Post profile of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), by Wil Haygood, is this:

Rangel has genuine vitriol for the National Legal and Policy Center, which filed complaints against him with the Federal Election Commission, the IRS and the House Ethics Committee. He claims that investigators for the group followed him to the Dominican Republic and broke into his office.

Rangel has made no secret of his contempt for the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), but this is the first time he has libeled us or accused us of committing a crime.

Rangel previously lashed out at us on the House floor on August 10 of last year when he expressed a similar paranoia:

And they followed me on vacation. They followed me when I was doing business. They're at the airport. They're outside where I live. It's kind of rough.

NLPC does not break into the offices of Congressmen. Our case was based on information hiding in plain sight in public records.

In 2008, we reviewed Rangel's financial disclosure forms after David Kocieniewski of the New York Times reported that Rangel maintained four rent-stabilized apartments in New York City. We noticed that Rangel had a second home in the Dominican Republic, but that he had disclosed little or no rental income in recent years.

We sent a bilingual attorney to the Dominican Republic who established within about ten minutes that not only was Rangel's place right on the beach, but that it was continuously rented out. It must be a nice place. He gets $1,100 a night during the vacation season. It was pretty easy to check as an adjacent hotel manages this "villa." Our attorney just visited the front desk and asked.

With this information, we gave the story to the New York Post, which sent reporter Isabel Vincent who confirmed our findings, and a photographer who snapped the iconic photo of the overweight Rangel in his lounge chair.

Of course, Rangel might also be referring to his 2008 St. Maarten's junket, funded by big corporations like Citigroup, for which he was admonished by the House Ethics Committee. The admonishment prompted his resignation from the Chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee.

The purported purpose of the junket was to attend a conference sponsored by a New York-based newspaper called Carib News. For the 2007 conference, he had filed his required House disclosure on the trip months late, which caught our attention.

So I simply did an internet search on "Carib News," and up popped information on the 2008 event. I registered online under my own name and bought plane tickets to sunny St. Maarten.  At the event, I took openly took photographs and made audio recordings of the happenings, which would later be used by the Office of Congressional Ethics and the House Ethics Committee to prove the corporate sponsorship.

I was the enjoying comradery of Rangel's cronies and taking in the unique culture of St. Maarten (it's half French and half Dutch) until I was detained by the Police Korps of St. Maarten. After asking me dozens of intrusive personal questions (like the birthdays of my children) I was let go and told the organizers of the conference did not want me to attend the rest of the event.

Rangel had nothing to hide, I guess.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cultureofcorruption; ethics; nlpc; rangel
Rangel is losing his marbles.

Prior thread:

Rangel 'Lays Blame' on NLPC for His Ethics Problems

1 posted on 01/31/2011 11:21:29 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: RexBeach; jdfromny; Ax; 353FMG; drypowder; ridesthemiles; Dead Corpse; Venturer; MasterGunner01; ...

Paranoid Rangel Ping!


2 posted on 01/31/2011 11:25:06 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Rangel in his Dominican Republic office where he considers digging in the sand a break-in.

3 posted on 01/31/2011 11:27:31 AM PST by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: jazusamo

Charlie isn’t losing hos marble’s he is hustling the black vote.

Charlie knows that every black in Harlem thinks whitey is out to get them, If Charlie can keep them convinced that they are picking on him, they will vote for him forever, and he is protected by the black shield.


4 posted on 01/31/2011 11:28:16 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Nah, Charlie doesn’t have to tell them a thing, they’ll vote for him as long as he lives. :-)


5 posted on 01/31/2011 11:31:56 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Dahoser

LOL! Love that pic, a beached whale.


6 posted on 01/31/2011 11:33:09 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
If Rangel gets caught with his pants down, will Barney Franks help him out?
7 posted on 01/31/2011 11:35:57 AM PST by fish hawk (reporter to old Indian: you lived here on the reservation all your life? Old Indian, "not yet".)
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To: fish hawk

LOL! The rumor is that Bawney’s a helpful guy.


8 posted on 01/31/2011 11:42:52 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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On the other hand I don't see Barney as the masculine role but more of the feminine. You know, he's the one that drops his soap in the shower at the Y.
9 posted on 01/31/2011 12:02:53 PM PST by fish hawk (reporter to old Indian: you lived here on the reservation all your life? Old Indian, "not yet".)
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To: Dahoser

Who photoshopped that picture to make his ass in the front?


10 posted on 01/31/2011 12:03:50 PM PST by jimmyo57
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To: jazusamo
He is able to prove with geometric logic that the National Legal and Policy Center had a second key to his office and stole his strawberries.
11 posted on 01/31/2011 12:05:57 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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Put Charlie on the witness stand under oath and watch for him to start playing with steel ball bearings like Captain Queeg did in “The Caine Mutiny.” What a treat that would be for the cameras and MSM — we must acquit him because he's obviously lost his marbles!
12 posted on 01/31/2011 1:42:53 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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