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Rangel accused of unethical use of PAC funds to defend himself against House ethics charges.

Rangel in deeper with new ethics charge

By ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN

The Federal Election Commission is investigating a complaint that Rep. Charles Rangel improperly used his National Leadership PAC to fund his legal defense on ethics charges for which he was censured Thursday, The Post has learned.

The FEC is acting on a complaint by the National Legal and Policy Center filed after The Post reported last month that Rangel paid nearly $400,000 from his PAC.

Lawmakers are only allowed to use money in their individual campaign funds for legal fees, or they can set up legal defense funds for such costs.

Rangel appeared before the House Ethics Committee last month saying he could no longer afford legal counsel after already burning through $2 million.

The center expects to file a second complaint this week contending that Rangel's PAC money included at least $195,000 in donations from lobbyists with business before the House Ways & Means Committee, of which he is a member.

Yesterday, the Harlem pol said he's ready to put the incident behind him.

"In all fairness, I was not found guilty of corruption, I did not go to bed with kids, I did not hurt the House speaker, I did not start a revolution against the United States of America, I did not steal any money, I did not take any bribes, and that is abundantly clear," he said.


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Added: Dec-6-2010 Occurred On: Dec-6-2010
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  • Um k hitler is in the mood and everything is just right. All responses welcome.

    Rangel is a stupid, corrupt negroe and that's end of story. '
    Do not elect spics or negroes into office and not expect Disaster. Because PC Bullshit does not work in the USA, never will, period.

    You'd best elect old white guys into office. Old white guys won 2 world waes and [ut men on the moon. No mud person will ever top this. Is ugly, but true, the darker, the dumber. I don't give a fuck.

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  • They should be very careful about how they proceed
    with this,especially Republicans.We all know he is
    a sleaze,so was Bill Clinton.Republicans went after
    Clinton,a very popular man,with a vengeance.They
    accomplished nothing,and are still paying for that
    little episode,even today.Cheers.

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  • he is a democrat, they make their own rules and laws to suit them as they go along. above the law.

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