Looks like Dan Seals just can't keep from screwing up. But, that's what you get when you have friends like Charlie Rangel. From the Illinois Republicans:
For Immediate Release - July 14, 2008
Contact: Lance Trover
ILGOP Calls on Dan Seals to Return Campaign Contributions to New York Congressman Embroiled in Affordable Housing Ethics Scandal and Reject Offer of Future Contributions
Rangel planning August 6th fundraiser to benefit Dan Seals; $2,000 contribution received in 2006
CHICAGO -- The Illinois Republican Party today called on Democratic congressional candidate Dan Seals to return a campaign contribution from a congressman embroiled in an affordable housing ethics scandal in New York City and reject the congressman's offer to host a fundraiser for Seals in early August.
On Friday, the New York Times touched off a major ethics investigation by exposing that U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) has four rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem, one of which he uses as his campaign office, in possible violation of federal election law, state and city regulations and Congressional ethics rules.
In 2006, Rangel for Congress contributed $2,000 to Seals' campaign and just last week Roll Call reported Rangel established a joint fundraising entity to funnel more money to Seals.
"The voters deserve to know whether Dan Seals will return all contributions and reject further support from Charlie Rangel while Mr. Rangel is under investigation for violations of federal election law and House ethics rules," said ILGOP spokesman Lance Trover. "If Dan Seals really stands for change, he should publicly pledge to return Rangel's money and refuse further campaign support."
Rep. Rangel, who has a net worth of $566,000 to $1.2 million, according to Congressional disclosure records, paid a total rent of $3,894 monthly in 2007 for the four apartments at Lenox Terrace, a 1,700-unit luxury development of six towers, with doormen, that is described in real estate publications as Harlem's most prestigious address. The current market-rate rent for similar apartments in Mr. Rangel's building would total $7,465 to $8,125 a month, according to the Web site of the owner, the Olnick Organization.
On Saturday, the Times' lead editorial, "Mr. Rangel's Very Good Deal," blasted the congressman and suggested Rangel's $30,000 annual rent savings may violate congressional ethics rules.