Is Anything Charlie Rangel Does With Money These Days NOT Shady?

We’re not going to jump to conclusions about the latest Charlie Rangel ethics accusation just because in the past five months or so he’s faced charges of:

Occupying four rent-controlled apartments simultaneously.

Reaping tax breaks from Washington, D.C., by declaring a primary residence there, while also making his four rent-controlled New York apartments his primary residences.

Failing to pay city, state, and federal taxes for years on a villa he rents out in the Dominican Republic.

Soliciting donations to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York from businessmen with issues before Congress.


Helping to preserve a tax loophole for an oil company as its chief officer pledged $1 million to Rangel’s school.

Because, despite his recent ethics struggles, we’re sure there’s a perfectly good reason he paid $85,000 in campaign donations for a Website, the most spent by anyone in Congress. After all, Barack Obama demonstrated the fruits of building a state- of-the-art Website, and if you want quality, you have to pay for it. And just because, in a pure coincidence, the $85,000 went to his own son, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t spent honestly.

The site “is a one pager with a third party site taking donations,” said Jamie Newell of 7AZ Web Design, a company that creates sites for a wide array of businesses in Washington. “For something of that standard, I would not pay more than $100.”


Tangled Web: Rangel son got campaign cash [Politico]

Is Anything Charlie Rangel Does With Money These Days NOT Shady?