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  • After censure, Rangel faces new ethics probe

    12/06/2010 10:35:03 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/06/10 09:52 AM ET | Jordan Fabian
    Censured Rep. Charles Rangel is not in the clear yet when it comes to his ethics problems: he faces a Federal Election Commission (FEC) probe into alleged misuse of campaign funds for his legal defense. The FEC, according to the New York Post, has taken up a complaint filed by the right-leaning National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) that Rangel (D-N.Y.) used funds from his National Leadership PAC to pay for legal counsel for the House ethics case that ended in his censure last week. To avoid paying legal services out of their own pockets, lawmakers are only permitted to...
  • Rangel Confronted With New Ethics Allegations (He's pathetic in video)

    12/06/2010 11:39:09 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 6, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    Appearing on New York City's Channel 5 this morning, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) was asked about allegations that he improperly used funds from his so-called National Leadership PAC for his legal defense in his House ethics case. Rangel responded by calling the allegations "ridiculous" and attacking NLPC.Video & article My Fox New York 7:02 minutes The allegations were first made by NLPC in a Complaint to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on November 29.  The New York Post reported yesterday that the FEC has opened an investigation as a result. Drudge linked to the Post story today. Katrina Trinko...
  • Rangel in deeper with new ethics charge

    12/05/2010 5:42:55 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/05/10 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    The Federal Election Commission is investigating a complaint that Rep. Charles Rangel improperly used his National Leadership PAC to fund his legal defense on ethics charges for which he was censured Thursday, The Post has learned. * * * The center expects to file a second complaint this week contending that Rangel's PAC money included at least $195,000 in donations from lobbyists with business before the House Ways & Means Committee, of which he is a member.
  • Have You No Shame, Charlie Rangel?

    12/05/2010 8:29:45 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/05/10 | Friends of Ours
    Last week the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted by a margin of 333 over 79 to censure former Ways and Means Committee Chair Charlie Rangel for a series of ethical violations. * * * And yet the fallen Representative has no shame. In a Nixonian riff he insists "I am not corrupt," and with an Alice-in-Wonderland logic insists he was not motivated by personal gain. * * * Instead of accepting responsibility for his ethical violations Rangel blames political persecution. Of course, if anyone understands the mix of politics and crime it's Charlie Rangel. In 2006 Rangel attempted to...
  • Censured Rangel Says He Still Loves Congress(What's not to love?He's found a pot of gold in his job)

    12/04/2010 8:11:44 PM PST · by bestintxas · 9 replies
    foxnews ^ | 12/4/10
    U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel returned to his home turf in the city's Harlem neighborhood on Saturday, saying he still loves Congress -- despite a showdown with colleagues over ethics violations that led to his censure by the House. "I have not lost my ability to love the Congress and to love this country," the 80-year-old Democrat told reporters at Harlem Hospital, where a crowd at a town hall meeting gave him a standing, cheering ovation as he entered. Dapper in a dark suit and tie, Rangel appeared confident and as defiant as ever about the allegations that led to his...
  • Skit on Imus: "Bill Clinton" Offers Advice to "Charlie Rangel" Following Censure – Video

    12/04/2010 7:35:20 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 9 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 4, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video from the Don Imus show yesterday where he had actors on portraying Charlie Rangel and Bill Clinton. “Bill Clinton” reacts to Charlie Rangel being censured by the U.S. House of Representatives, and offers some advice to him on how he should proceed from here!
  • Project 21's Kevin Martin on the Censure of Charlie Rangel

    12/03/2010 12:27:07 PM PST · by Trueblackman · 17 replies · 3+ views
    Conservativeblog.org ^ | 3 December 2010 | Trueblackman
    After a vote of 333-79 in the U.S. House of Representatives to censure the veteran lawmaker, justice was served in the two-and-a-half year, $2 million ethics investigation of Representative Charles B. Rangel (D-NY). Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) then called Rangel to the well of the House, where she publicly read him the list of his crimes. It lasted less that a minute. Less than 45 seconds, in fact. Then, Congress was on to new business. In January, Rangel will be sworn in for his 21st term with the legislative body. Justice was served? Project 21 member Kevin...
  • NBC Journalist Defends Rangel: 'He's Not a Crook'

    12/03/2010 11:08:53 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 25 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/3/10 | Aurelius
    In the last month, Representative Charles Rangel was found guilty of eleven ethics violations for lying, failing to pay taxes, and improper solicitation. Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to censure him, 333-79. And yet there are still those who will put all of that aside and shun truth. One of these people is Gabe Pressman. In an article entitled "In Defense of Charles Rangel," Pressman does all he can to paint the corrupt Congressman as someone who's only "sin" was "sloppiness." Taking Rangel's side and taking Rangel's statements as facts, Pressman writes: "So what exactly did this man...
  • With Censure, Charles Rangel Joins Infamous List in History of Congress

    12/02/2010 8:16:48 PM PST · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | DEcember 2, 2010 | Gail Russell Chaddock
    Rep. Charles Rangel becomes the 23rd member of the House to be censured, Congress's harshest punishment short of expulsion. The vote in favor of censure was 333 to 79. This television screen grab shows Rep. Charles Rangel standing in the well on the House floor while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reads the censure resolution passed by the House on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday. In a rare move, the House on Thursday voted, 333 to 79, to censure 15-term Rep. Charles Rangel (D) of New York for 11 ethics violations ranging from failure to disclose income to violating House...
  • House Censures Rangel

    12/02/2010 4:53:24 PM PST · by speciallybland · 37 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 12/02/2010 | Billy House
    In a historic action against one of its own, the House Thursday voted 333 to 79 to censure Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on 11 charges of violating rules of the chamber -- a vote that overwhelming yet clearly wrenching for many of his colleagues. Following the vote, Rangel walked down to the well of the House to receive his public rebuke, alone and looking somber, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) read a list of the violations. When she concluded, Rangel responded, "I just want all of you to know that I know in all my heart that I will not...
  • House Censures Charles Rangel; Ex-Ways and Means Chair DID Profit From Corruption

    12/02/2010 3:48:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 2, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    On the House floor tonight, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) again asserted that he did not personally gain from the acts of which he is accused, notwithstanding the fact that he failed to report, or pay taxes on, rental income received from his Dominican Republic beach house. Rangel seems to believe that if you repeatedly say something, it becomes true, no matter how absurd. After we exposed this tax evasion, we took an even closer look at Rangel's finances and history. In September 2009, we filed a Complaint with the Ethics Committee alleging that Rangel hid more income from a six-unit...
  • Full House Votes On (tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel Censure Today

    12/02/2010 12:03:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 12/02/10
    Full House Votes On Rangel Censure TodayDecember 2, 2010 12:12 PM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The once powerful Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel lobbied colleagues against long odds Thursday in an effort to receive punishment milder than censure by the House for ethical misconduct. A half-dozen supporters spoke on Rangel’s behalf at a closed-door Democratic meeting hours before the House was to discipline the New York Democrat for financial and fundraising misconduct. But Rangel would need to overcome the 9-1 vote for censure from an ethics panel that has five members from each party. “I think it’s important for members on...
  • We Welcome Charles Rangel Censure, But Criminal Prosecution Must Follow

    12/02/2010 12:02:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 2, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
      Today's imminent censure of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) is the result of Ethics Committee investigations that went much further than we expected, even after we exposed Rangel's failure to pay taxes on income from his Dominican Republic beach house and his acceptance of corporate-funded Caribbean junkets.Rangel filed the ethics complaint against himself in late 2008. He no doubt expected the Committee to cover up for him, fulfilling the same role it has played during Rangel's 40 years in Congress. Rangel seems amazed that the accusations against him could result in his censure. Perhaps he feels betrayed by the...
  • Complaint Filed with FEC Alleging Rangel Campaign Cash Irregularities

    12/01/2010 3:08:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 1, 2010 | Patrick Richardson
    The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a non-profit watchdog group, has filed a complaint against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) with the Federal Election Commission, alleging Rangel illegally used nearly $400,000 from his National Leadership PAC to pay the legal team defending him on ethics charges before the House of Representatives. NLPC filed the complaint Monday and posted it on their website Tuesday.Rangel was recently convicted of 11 of 13 ethics violations and is facing reprimand or censure by the full House. He retained former Clinton White House Counsel Lanny Davis. Rangel’s principal campaign committee, Rangel for Congress, paid...
  • Rangel asks supporters to call Capitol switchboard (chutzpah by a Putz Ping!

    WASHINGTON – Rep. Charles Rangel of New York asked 25,000 campaign donors Wednesday to call the Capitol switchboard and urge their representatives to vote against censuring him for ethical misconduct. There's only one problem. For many of them, Rangel is their congressman. Rangel, 80, a Democrat who has served his Harlem district for 40 years, faces a scheduled censure vote Thursday. He's likely to become the 23rd House member ever to receive the most serious punishment short of expulsion — and the first since 1983. He's seeking a lesser reprimand for fundraising and financial violations, including failure to pay taxes...
  • 2 House ethics attorneys suspended (includes lead attorney on Maxine Waters case)

    11/30/2010 7:19:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/30/10 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    2 House ethics attorneys suspendedBy JOHN BRESNAHAN Updated: 11/30/10 9:21 PM EST Two attorneys for the House ethics committee have been placed on indefinite “paid administrative leave” stemming from serious problems within the secretive panel. Morgan Kim, the deputy chief counsel and the lead attorney on the case of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), is one of the attorneys placed on leave, said several sources familiar with the controversy. Stacy Sovereign, another committee lawyer, was also put on leave, these sources said. Blake Chisam, the chief counsel and staff director for the ethics panel, initially sought to fire Kim and Sovereign...
  • (Tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel Censure Heads to House Floor

    11/30/2010 9:18:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | 11/29/10
    Rangel Censure Heads to House FloorUpdated: Monday, 29 Nov 2010, 9:15 PM EST (NewsCore) - The House ethics committee Monday night sent its censure resolution of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) to the House floor. Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) confirmed the move to Fox News Channel. The resolution is "privileged," meaning it goes immediately to the front of the legislative line. The House either considers the resolution right away, or can wait no more than two days to debate it. Rangel told Fox he has not been informed when the resolution would come up. "It's up to the chairman," said...
  • NLPC Alleges Rangel Illegally Used Leadership PAC Funds for Legal Defense (FEC complaint filed)

    11/30/2010 8:37:19 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 30, 2010 | Ken Boehm
      NLPC yesterday filed a Complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) violated the Federal Election Campaign Act by using almost $400,000 in funds from his National Leadership PAC to pay legal bills related to the House Ethics Committee actions against him. The Committee yesterday referred a censure resolution to the entire House after earlier this month finding Rangel guilty of violating House rules on 11 counts. Click here to download an 11-page pdf of the Complaint.As the Complaint points out: Members of Congress may use funds from their personal re-election committees for...
  • Give Me the Rangel Tax Form Please!

    11/30/2010 6:46:09 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 10 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | Nov. 30th, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Give me the tax form Charlie Rangel uses. Give me the leeway that Charlie Rangel has been given. Give me the same punishment that Charlie Rangel is going to endure. If all Americans could skate on tax charges this easily, none of us would pay taxes and all of us would take a tongue lashing from Nancy Pelosi.
  • (Tax-cheat) Charlie to beg: Gimme a break! (Chart shows no bribes or sexual misconduct)

    11/29/2010 7:51:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/29/10 | S.A. MILLER
    Charlie to beg: Gimme a break!Desperate House ploy weeks after walkout By S.A. MILLER Post Correspondent Last Updated: 8:55 AM, November 29, 2010 WASHINGTON -- What gall! In a last-ditch effort to save his scandal-scarred name, disgraced Rep. Charles Rangel is asking to speak before the House in an effort to land a more lenient penalty for his widespread ethics abuses -- just two weeks after he brazenly walked out of the first day of his trial. The Harlem Democrat plans to argue -- as he has all along -- that his violations were innocent mistakes and not the schemes...