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.”
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