As Fellow Democrats Dump An Estimated $588,000 In Contributions From Charged Congressman, Hodes Continues To Line Coffers
WASHINGTON – After the bipartisan House Ethics Committee announced last week that they had “substantial reason to believe” that U.S. Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY) violated a range of ethics rules and potentially broke the law, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) repeatedly called on U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) to return at least $17,000 in donations that he received from Rangel’s campaign committee and leadership PAC.
Hodes’ fellow New Hampshire Democrat, U.S. Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), has returned $14,000 of Rangel’s dirty money. And National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar reports today that a second House Democrat, U.S. Representative Walt Minnick (D-ID), called for Rangel’s resignation from Congress, “a move that’s likely to lead a number of his vulnerable House colleagues to follow suit.”
Yet despite these serious charges against Rangel and the fact that his fellow Democrats have returned an estimated $588,000 of his tainted campaign cash, Hodes refuses to return his contributions and continues to stand by his scandal-plagued colleague.
“By refusing to return Charlie Rangel’s dirty money, Paul Hodes continues to demonstrate that he simply can’t be trusted to stand up for ethical standards and accountability in Washington. As his fellow Democrats dump more than half-a-million dollars of Rangel’s tainted cash, will Hodes finally call for Rangel’s resignation and return his campaign contributions, or will he continue to disappoint Granite State voters by condoning Rangel’s unethical behavior?” asked NRSC Press Secretary Amber Marchand.
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)