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Gingersnap
07-29-2010, 04:54 PM
Ethics unveils 13 Rangel charges

By JOHN BRESNAHAN & JONATHAN ALLEN & RICHARD E. COHEN | 7/29/10 2:36 PM EDT

A scathing House ethics report charges that Rep. Charles Rangel, an iconic New York powerbroker, violated 13 ethics and federal regulations covering public officials, including pressuring lobbyists and corporations to cough up money for a New York college building bearing Rangel’s name.

In releasing a "Statement of Alleged Violation" of against Rangel, investigators drew a portrait of a veteran lawmaker who used his office and staffers for his own personal benefit and aggrandizement, repeatedly running afoul of House financial disclosure rules. He now faces an ethics “trial” unless he’s able to cut a deal with the ethics committee.

"We must regain the public's trust," Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the lead Republican on the ethics subcommittee "jury" hearing the case. "

The headliner allegations are that he improperly solicited money from corporate officials and lobbyists for the Charles B. Rangel Public Policy Center in New York; that he failed to disclose hundreds of dollars of income and assets on financial disclosure forms; that he maintained multiple rent-stabilized apartments in violation of New York City rules; and failed to pay income taxes on a Dominican island resort home.

McCaul said that, if proven, the allegations amounted to "multiple violations of House rules and federal statutes."

Rangel is also accused of violating House gift rules and congressional franking regulations, and the ethics subcommittee says his conduct reflects “discredit on the House.”

More at the link.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/40416.html#ixzz0v6g5hGjZ

PoliCon
07-29-2010, 06:22 PM
most ethical congress . . . . :rolleyes:

Articulate_Ape
07-29-2010, 06:24 PM
most ethical congress . . . . :rolleyes:

Heh, yeah.

lacarnut
07-29-2010, 07:50 PM
Let's see if these sorry Democraps have the balls to expel him. Probably will circle the wagon is my guess.

The Feds need to try him for tax evasion on multiple counts.

Articulate_Ape
07-29-2010, 07:51 PM
Let's see if these sorry Democraps have the balls to expel him. Probably will circle the wagon is my guess.

The Feds need to try him for tax evasion on multiple counts.

My money is on him resigning.

warpig
07-29-2010, 07:53 PM
And Congress has recessed till September.......................

PoliCon
07-29-2010, 07:57 PM
My money is on him resigning.

:mad: NO!!! We all need to call his office and demand that he fight the charges! He is the most PERFECT mascot of the most ethical congress we'll ever get!

lacarnut
07-29-2010, 09:12 PM
:mad: NO!!! We all need to call his office and demand that he fight the charges! He is the most PERFECT mascot of the most ethical congress we'll ever get!

If he was a white male, I would agree. Liberals, Congressional blacks, Obumbler, Jessie and Al will play the race card.

PoliCon
07-29-2010, 09:52 PM
If he was a white male, I would agree. Liberals, Congressional blacks, Obumbler, Jessie and Al will play the race card.

And how effective is the race card with swing voters lately?? :rolleyes:

3rd-try
07-29-2010, 10:08 PM
And how effective is the race card with swing voters lately?? :rolleyes:

With it being used about 12 times a week since the election, it has lost some of it's shock factor.

PoliCon
07-29-2010, 10:51 PM
With it being used about 12 times a week since the election, it has lost some of it's shock factor.

YUP.:cool:

lacarnut
07-30-2010, 12:31 AM
And how effective is the race card with swing voters lately?? :rolleyes:

If you tell a lie enough times, some people will believe it. The lies that the Democrats told about Repubs taking away SS in FL did help Obama win the state. Don't underestimate the stupidity of many voters that respond positively or negatively to ads on TV rather than their policies and platform.

Mike Honcho
07-30-2010, 04:39 PM
Race card to be played in 3-2-1-