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- September 18, 2015

Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton Will Be Sitting With Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) At The Black Caucus Foundation’s Gala. “Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will sit at the table of veteran Black Caucus member and founder Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) at the Black Caucus Foundation’s Gala this Saturday night.” (Lauren Victoria Burke, “Hillary Clinton To Sit At Rep. Rangel’s Table At Black Caucus Gala,” POLITIC365, 9/16/15)

  • “Rangel’s Table Is The Best Seat In The House.” “As the second most senior member of the Black Caucus, Rangel’s table is the best seat in the House and is front and center alongside the table of the Dean of the House, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).” (Lauren Victoria Burke, “Hillary Clinton To Sit At Rep. Rangel’s Table At Black Caucus Gala,” POLITIC365, 9/16/15)

RANGEL WAS THE 23RD MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO BE CENSURED AND WAS THE FIRST IN NEARLY THREE DECADES

In December 2010, Rangel Became The 23rd Member Of The House Of Representatives To Be Censured. “Representative Charles B. Rangel, his gaze steady and his hands clasped before him, stood silently in the well of the House of Representatives on Thursday as Speaker Nancy Pelosi somberly read a resolution censuring him for bringing discredit to the House. Ms. Pelosi issued the punishment minutes after the House voted 333 to 79 for the censure, the most severe sanction it can administer short of expulsion. The vote made Mr. Rangel, a Democrat, the 23rd member of the House to be censured, and the first in nearly three decades.” (David Kocieniewski, “Rangel Censured Over Violations Of Ethics Rules,” The New York Times, 12/2/10)

  • Rangel’s Censure “Marked The First Time In 27 Years That The House Had Censured A Member.” “It marked the first time in 27 years that the House had censured a member and only the 23rd time a lawmaker had been subject to that sanction that in the past 180 years.” (Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan, “House Censures Defiant Rangel,” Politico, 12/3/10)

“Rangel Was Found Guilty By The Ethics Panel Of 11 Counts Of Violating Ethics Rules.” “Rangel was found guilty by the ethics panel of 11 counts of violating ethics rules, including charges that he improperly solicited millions of dollars from corporate officials and lobbyists for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York, failed to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars of income and assets on financial disclosure forms, maintained a rent-stabilized apartment as a campaign office in a Harlem apartment building and failed to pay income taxes on a villa in the Dominican Republic.” (Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan, “House Censures Defiant Rangel,” Politico, 12/3/10)

  • Rangel Used “Congressional Stationery And Postage To Request Donations And Asked For Contributions For Companies And Executives With Business Before Congress” To Fund The Charles B. Rangel Center For Public Service. “Mr. Rangel’s fund-raising for a City College school being built in his honor also became part of the ethics inquiry because he used Congressional stationery and postage to request donations and asked for contributions from companies and executives with business before Congress.” (David Kocieniewski, “Rangel Censured Over Violations Of Ethics Rules,” The New York Times, 12/2/10)
  • Rangel “Helped Preserve A Tax Loophole Worth Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars For An Oil-Drilling Company That Pledged $1 Million” “In one case, Mr. Rangel’s committee helped preserve a tax loophole worth hundreds of millions of dollars for an oil-drilling company that pledged $1 million.” (David Kocieniewski, “Rangel Censured Over Violations Of Ethics Rules,” The New York Times, 12/2/10)
  • Rangel Accepted “Several Rent-Stabilized Apartments From A Manhattan Real Estate Magnate At Prices Far Below Market.” “In July 2008, news reports detailed his acceptance of several rent-stabilized apartments from a Manhattan real estate magnate at prices far below market. Mr. Rangel denied any wrongdoing but asked the ethics committee to investigate.” (David Kocieniewski, “Rangel Censured Over Violations Of Ethics Rules,” The New York Times, 12/2/10)
  • Rangel Failed To “Pay Taxes On Rental Income From A Villa In The Dominican Republic,” As Well As Not Reporting “Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In Assets On Financial Disclosure Forms.” “In the months that followed, new problems emerged, including his failure to pay taxes on rental income from a villa in the Dominican Republic or to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets on financial disclosure forms.” (David Kocieniewski, “Rangel Censured Over Violations Of Ethics Rules,” The New York Times, 12/2/10)

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