Jeez, why can't the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee (you know, the committee in charge of the tax code), seem to keep the law straight when it comes to his personal finances? Yes, folks, it seems the New York Times has exposed yet another set of tax violations by our friend Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.)
What's the 10th District tie-in, you may ask? Well, as TA regulars know well, Charlie Rangel is Dan Seals' biggest backer, to the tune of around $55,000 this cycle.
It seems that just two weeks after contributing more than $40,000 to Illinois congressional candidate Dan Seals' campaign and becoming Seals' largest donor, Rangel today faces accusations of tax fraud dating back 20 years. In this morning's edition, the New York Times reported Congressman Rangel, chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, earned more than $75,000 in rental income from a villa he has owned in the Dominican Republic, but never reported it on his federal or state tax returns.
As the TA faithful know, we urged Dan Seals to return all contributions from Congressman Rangel more than two months ago, when the first reports of possible corruption emerged. At that point, maybe Dan could have pleaded ignorance. But instead of returning Rangel's contributions, he took another $40,000.
That's not change – that's Blagojevich-style more of the same.
In July, the Washington Post reported that Rangel solicited donations from corporations with business interests before his congressional committee in an effort to raise money for his future library.
Also in July, the New York Times touched off a separate ethics investigation by exposing that Rangel had four rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem, one of which he used as his campaign office, in possible violation of federal election law, state and city regulations and Congressional ethics rules.
According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Rangel is now the single largest donor to Dan Seals' campaign. Rangel first contributed $7,000 to Seals in 2006 and added another $7,000 on April 30, 2008. FEC filings show Rangel also transferred $41,000 to Seals on August 20, 2008 – more than a month after the first Times and Post reports.
Dan Seals' largest campaign donor now faces possible charges of tax fraud, abuse of power, violating the House gift-ban rules, accepting illegal campaign contributions and breaking local housing laws.
And you thought Tony Rezko was a bad guy.
ALSO- 10th District Dem Women Diss Kirk's Comments on Sarah Palin
Well, well, big shocker. A bunch of 10th District Dem women who never had a kind thing to say about Congressman Kirk anyway, sent him a letter telling him how little they think of VP candidate Sarah Palin. The letter dismisses Palin for her "slim qualifications and radical right-wing views". Cry me a river, ladies. Of course, our friend Ellen Beth Gill's name is prominent among the signatories.
Since the letter decries Kirk's claim that Palin is a "reformer," if that's what the ladies of the 10th District really want, maybe they ought to also turn their scathing attacks on their own anointed Dan Seals, based on the above story regarding his connections to the despicable Charlie Rangel.