Charles Rangel - Controversies

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In 2007 and 2008, Congressman Rangel and several other members of congress took trips to Caribbean islands which they claimed were sponsored by a non-profit. In 2009, an ethics complaint was filed alleging that the conference and trips were funded by a number of large corporations with major interests before Congress and the Ways and Means Committee - which Congressman Rangel chaired.  This, combined with the duration of the trips, seemed to violate House rules, and the Ethics Committee agr ...

Congressman Rangel has been involved in a number of deals concerning the house he grew up in, which is located in Harlem.  The deals raise issues of truthfulness in lending and conflict of interest concerns. Renovation loanOn April 9, 1965, Charles Rangel took out a low-interest mortgage to renovate his childhood home - a row house on West 132nd Street that he had just inherited from his grandfather. The $39,350 loan came from a New York City program to develop low-income housing ...

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Throughout his career, Congressman Rangel has routinely filed inaccurate financial disclosure forms.  These inaccuracies include other controversies such as the lack of rental income from his childhood home, the sale of that home, income from his Dominican Villa, and other income and transactions. Financial Disclosure requirementsThe US House website describes financial disclosure forms as follows:Financial Disclosure Reports include information about the source, type, amount ...

In 2008, Politico broke the story that between 2004 and 2007, Congressman Rangel paid his son just under $80,000 to build and maintain a website for his re-election campaigns.  The site built was very simple in design and filled with errors, leading one web expert to set the actual cost of design for the website at roughly $100. Timeline of paymentsPrior to 2004, Congressman Rangel used a company called Networked Politics.  Midway through 2004, Congressman Rangel hired  ...

The City College of New York is building a "Charles Rangel Center for Public Service". Congressman Rangel has come under fire for securing a $2 million earmark for the project, for using official letterhead to set up meetings to solicit donations for the project, and for using his seat on the Ways and Means committee to protect a tax haven for a company whose CEO donated heavily to the center. Charles Rangel Center for Public ServiceMr. Rangel was born in Harlem in 1930 and ...

Congressman Rangel has had a car parked in the garage of the US House building for several years.  The car is not in compliance with the registration and licensing rules which are required by the House to use the lot, and Congressman Rangel had not reported the use of the lot as income.  The car has been towed from the lot since the story was reported. Parking rules violationsIn September of 2008, the New York Post reported that Congressman Rangel owned a silver 1972 Me ...

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Congressman Rangel owns a villa at a resort in the Dominican Republic.  In 2008, it was discovered that he had not reported income from that villa, had not paid taxes on that income, and that the loan he used to purchase the villa had been altered to an interest only loan.  Congressman Rangel claimed he was unaware of the income.  Congressman Rangel is currently the head of the Ways and Means Committee which oversees tax laws and has been on the committee for decades. Fai ...

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Congressman Rangel has lived in the same rent controlled apartment building since the early 1970's.  He currently has 4 apartments in the building.  Three of those apartments are adjacent to each other and have been combined to make one large apartment, and one is used as an office for campaign purposes.  This is in apparent violation of New York housing rules and possibly house ethics rules. Multiple apartmentsCongressman Rangel's apartment is in the Lenox Terrace ...