House Panel Finds Charlie Rangel Violated Numerous Ethical Rules, So Why Hasn’t Paul Hodes Returned His Tainted Campaign Cash?
WASHINGTON – As the bipartisan House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct announced that U.S. Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY) has been officially charged with a range of ethics violations following a lengthy investigation, U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) continues to loyally stand by his Democrat colleague.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) called on Hodes to return Rangel’s tainted campaign cash in March 2010 after a number of his Democrat colleagues returned his contributions amid a number of very serious allegations including income tax violations. However, Hodes has refused to return at least $17,000 in donations from Rangel’s campaign committee and leadership PAC during the course of the investigation surrounding the embattled former Ways and Means Committee Chairman.
Instead, the Union Leader reported in March 2010 that Hodes offered an empty excuse that “he would not return the Rangel donations because it was given to his House campaign committee, which has since been closed. The money was rolled into Hodes’ U.S. Senate campaign committee, which, the state Republican Party said, means it is still available to be returned.”
The New York Times reports today that the Committee of Rangel’s congressional peers has spent nearly two years investigating claims that he “improperly rented four rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem at a price well below market value, despite rules forbidding House members from accepting gifts worth more than $50. It also had been investigating allegations that he improperly used his office to provide legislative favors for an oil-drilling company that pledged a $1 million donation for an academic center named for Mr. Rangel and improperly failed to report taxable income received from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic.”
“Why does Paul Hodes continue to stand by Charlie Rangel after a bipartisan committee of his peers determined that he violated key ethics rules?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Press Secretary Amber Marchand. “Actions speak louder than words, and Paul Hodes’ actions continue to demonstrate that he’s inexplicably willing to condone Charlie Rangel’s numerous violations and ignore the House Ethics Committee, which has admonished the embattled Congressman.”
Paul Hodes Has Accepted At Least $17,000 From Rangel’s Campaign Committee And Leadership PAC:
- Hodes Accepted $2,000 In September 2006, And Two Separate Times In March 2008 From Rangel For Congress. (Federal Election Commission Website, www.fec.gov, Accessed 2/25/10)
- In The 2008 Cycle, Paul Hodes Accepted $5,000 From Rangel’s Leadership PAC. (Center For Responsive Politics Website, http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00302588&cycle=2008, Accessed 2/25/10)
- In The 2006 Cycle, Hodes Accepted $5,000 From Rangel’s Leadership PAC. (Center For Responsive Politics Website, http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00302588&cycle=2006, Accessed 2/25/10)
- In The 2004 Cycle, Hodes Accepted $1,000 From Rangel’s Leadership PAC. (Center For Responsive Politics Website, http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00302588&cycle=2004, Accessed 2/25/10)