Boccieri and Driehaus Are Keeping Rangel’s Dirty Money
From Mark Hemingway in the Washington Examiner:
At least 50 Democratic members of Congress — including nine senators and 43 congressmen — are hanging on to more than $343,000 in donations they received from embattled former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., during the 2008 election cycle.
Those 50 are in marked contrast to the 27 incumbent Democrats who earlier this year returned $378,000 in campaign donations from Rangel’s political action committee, including nine who returned $165,000 but only after being asked about the funds by The Examiner.
Rangel, who stepped down from the committee chairmanship in March, faces 13 complaints of ethical wrongdoing filed by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. He is accused of using his congressional authority to solicit donations and to enrich himself personally.
He was also formally admonished by the ethics committee for accepting trips to the Caribbean paid for in part by interests with business before the Ways and Means Committee.
Considering the seriousness of the extensive charges against Rangel, congressional ethics experts see little justification for members of Congress to hold on to campaign cash they got from the once-powerful New Yorker.
The total amounts donated to Rep. Steve Driehaus and Rep. John Boccieri are $14,000 and $5000, respectively.
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