Unraveling Rangel

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Rep. Charles Rangel, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, failed to report purchases, sales or his ownership of assets at least 28 times since 1978 on his personal financial disclosure forms. Assets worth between $239,026 and $831,000 appeared and disappeared with no disclosure of when they were acquired, how long they were held, or when they were sold, as House Rules require. Rangel told C-SPAN’s Newsmakers program that the ethics panel would clear him on multiple ethics questions soon. More details at Real Time Investigations.

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  • Constituent

    Charles Rangel is my representative and I have much to thank him for both personally and in improvements to our district. You’ve looked into his tax records back to 1978 and found 28 mistakes– wow! Bet if you gave the same scrutiny to the Republican side of the aisle, you’d find that number to be minuscule. Our tax code is not exactly easy. This whole investigation seems to be motivated and promoted by the Republican side of the aisle who find Representative Rangel too liberal or perhaps a shade too dark to hold the Chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee– such power, in their estimation as revealed by the behavior of their leaders, can only be wielded by some crusty old white man with a conservative bent. Wish you and the Press would investigate that angle. All my representative seems to be guilty of is not having a good enough accountant or not having a good enough memory or professional help to fill out the disclosure forms correctly (I had to do one once and, believe me, it was daunting– I finally had to give it over to my husband to do because I had no time to keep track of our finances). The harassment I’ve witnessed against Rep. Rangel since the Democrats gained the majority in the House is obvious, obsessive and aimed at driving him out of his position. As a constituent, I support him and insist that he stay.