Rangel Fined $23K for Misusing Rent-Stabilized Pad
FEC finding another blow to NY rep.
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2012 3:19 AM CDT
Rep. Charles Rangel speaks to the media after he was censured by the House in December 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Rep. Charles Rangel and his campaign have agreed to cough up a $23,000 fine for using a rent-stabilized New York City apartment as a campaign headquarters. The Federal Election Committee decided by leasing the Harlem apartment at a price well below the market rate, the Democrat had accepted an illegal campaign contribution, the New York Times reports. The apartment was one of four rent-controlled units rented by Rangel that the Times exposed in 2008.

Rangel's use of the apartments was one of the ethics issues that led to the former Ways and Means Committee chairman's censure by the House in 2010. The fine settles a case brought by a watchdog group in 2008. "People settle not because they’re guilty but because they don’t want to go through the arduous process and expense to show they’re not guilty," says a spokeswoman for Rangel, who announced last week that he will be seeking a 22nd term in the House.

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saucier111
Mar 27, 2012 11:51 AM CDT
This just shows how stupid and uneducated voters in America really are. As long as the Democrats and replubicians can keep America divided with their bull shit they know they will retain power. It's both parties that have sold the we the people down the shitter, except one party in a bigger hurry.
wd56
Mar 27, 2012 10:03 AM CDT
If this guy had been a republican the comments here would be all about righteous fury and backwardness of republicans, someting about religion and something about pandering to corporations. whereas a democrat corrupt politician gets a bland "he should be in jail"
chillette
Mar 27, 2012 9:49 AM CDT
He should be in jail as long as Blago.