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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rangel Charged With 13 Counts of Wrongdoing

A special ethics subcommittee on Thursday afternoon charged Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) with 13 counts of violating House rules, including conduct reflecting discreditably on the chamber.

The charges include that Rangel used his staff and office extensively to fundraise for the City College of New York and to solicit potential donors for its Charlie B. Rangel Center; had numerous errors on his financial disclosure forms, including failure to disclose rent from a Manhattan brownstone and a Dominican villa and failure to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of other assets; and signed a residential lease on a rent-controlled New York apartment that he used for his campaign headquarters.

The committee also found that while the landlord took legal action other tenants for using their apartments for nonresidential purposes, Rangel was on a “special handling list” because of his status as a Member of Congress and was not sued. (Source)

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