Charles Rangel same old dirty dog

The House Ethics Committee is once again looking into Charles Rangel, Democrat from New York who chairs the Ways and Means Committee, and this time for two Caribbean trips taken by Congressmen. The trips were sponsored by a New York based non-profit organization called the Carib News Foundation. One of the largest funders of the Carib News event was none other than TARP giant Citigroup. The Carib News Foundation based in New York on West 36th St run by Karl Rodney who donated $1000 to Rangel’s campaign. The Carib News Corporation has funded more than $40,000 for members of Congress to go to the Caribbean between 2000 and 2005. These early trips were not a violation, but the ethics rules changed in 2007, forbidding members of Congress from going on privately funded trips for more than two days. The trips in question were for four days in 2007 and the 2008 event lasted three days in St. Maarten. Carib News foundation event was at the Sonesta Maho Bay Resort & Casino. Representative Charles Rangel Previous runs with Ethics Committee over potential financial disclosure issues and allegations that he helped obtain a tax loophole for a donor to the Charles B. Rangel Center at the City College of New York. There has also been tax related issues over apartment units he leased in Lenox Terrace in Harlem, paying no taxes on vacation property in the Dominican Republic as well as the storage of a vehicle in the House garage. This is nothing new as Representative Rangel had failed to report purchases, sales or his ownership of assets at least 28 times since 1978 on his personal financial disclosure forms. There are some old dogs that just cannot learn any new tricks. A new trick for Representative Rangel would be actually being on the straight and narrow for a change.

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