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Shocker: Rangel Son Got Campaign Cash

From the Politico:

Tangled Web: Rangel son got campaign cash

Between 2004 and 2007, Rep. Charles Rangel steered nearly $80,000 in campaign cash to an Internet company run by his son – paying lavishly for a pair of political Web sites so poorly designed an expert estimated one should have cost no more than $100 to create.

The payments are apparently legal under federal law, but their disclosure raises new questions about the Ways and Means chairman as he faces House ethics committee probes into his failure to pay taxes on rental income and his alleged use of House stationery to solicit contributions for a public policy center that bears his name.

Rangel’s leadership PAC and congressional committee shelled out $79,560 to Edisonian Innovative Works LLC for “websites,” according to Federal Election Commission filings.

Edisonian Innovative Works, which lists several clients on its homepage – none of them politicians — was founded by Rangel’s son, Steven Charles Rangel, 40, of Greenbelt, Md.

“This is probably legal but is definitely wrong,” said Meredith McGehee of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit organization that monitors compliance with electoral law.

“You’re in a situation where you were given money for a campaign and it’s being used to enrich family members,” she added. “The return argument is they’re performing legitimate services. The question that needs to be asked in this case is: Was this a legitimate payment or was this a payoff?”

[T]he sum paid to Rangel’s son was the most paid for Web sites by any House member during the 2004-to-2006 election period, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission filings provided to Politico by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics…

The vast majority of House candidates who set up campaign sites in 2006 paid a relative pittance, with 200 members spending less than $10,000 each for Web sites, according to the CRP analysis.

The payments to Steven Rangel began in mid-2004 and stopped in early 2007 when the former Marine, who is also a lawyer, was hired by the House Energy and Commerce Committee as an $80,000-per-year “investigative counsel,” according to records

Steven Rangel’s design for his father’s National Leadership PAC site appears to have been slapped together in a hurry, intermittently updated and never spell-checked.

An apologetic note near the top of the site warns readers that the page is undergoing “routine maintenace (sic)” and cautions that “much of our content is currently unavailable.”

Another button urges visitors to “Give Contribuition [sic].”

The site “is a one pager with a third party site taking donations,” said Jamie Newell of 7AZ Web Design, a company that creates sites for a wide array of businesses in Washington. “For something of that standard, I would not pay more than $100.” …

Rangel’s 2008 campaign site was designed and run by non-relatives for less than $25,000

Well, as pernicious as this practice was, at least it was put to an end:

The payments to Steven Rangel began in mid-2004 and stopped in early 2007 when the former Marine, who is also a lawyer, was hired by the House Energy and Commerce Committee as an $80,000-per-year “investigative counsel,” according to records.

Note that this minor detail was practically buried in the article.

The denizens of Washington DC are so inured to corruption, this probably didn’t even strike them as questionable.

Meanwhile, as the article suggests, if you go to any of the sites created by the younger Rangel you will be greatly disappointed.

Most of them simply lead to parked domains. And those that don’t look like the product of a junior high school student at best — and not the work of a soon to be $80,000 a year legislative counsel.

But of course none of this will embarrass the senior Mr. Rangel. He is beyond embarrassment.

His whole political career has proved that.

Just like all Democrats are beyond the laws of regular mortals.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 5th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Shocker: Rangel Son Got Campaign Cash”

  1. David says:

    So these are the people who make the lame sites that come up when I miss a letter in the address bar… and he paid how much for this? How many people would it be possible to convince that the “DC” in Washington is Latin for something like “democratus corruptus”?

  2. spiffyw says:

    $$ must have been for the trips to Russia ? My ipod could to this .this was talk about cars site ….go figure
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  3. GuppyNblue says:

    Isn’t this basically the same scam that “Silky” Edwards and his mistress were pulling? It must be a synergy thing between the two camps.

  4. proreason says:

    Rangel should be an advisor to the Bailout fools. He seems better qualified at making something from nothing than they are.

  5. cjokry says:

    If Rangel were a republican, this scandal would be billed as a “scandal”, and already have it’s own name with -gate after it, and get the kind of daily, round-the-clock coverage that the “recession” is getting.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Move along folks…..nothing here to see.
    And the money went……………?
    Nancys’ houseboy ….doing what he does best!!

  7. Media_man says:

    I wasn’t able to see the website that Rangel’s son developed, but from the sound of it it was something that could have been created in 10 minutes by anyone with free FTP software, a web host, prices vary from free to expensive, and a word processing program.

    The $80k was basically given to this person for doing nothing.

    Just another day at the office for the Democrats.

    If Mitch McConnell or any GOP Congressman had pulled a stunt like this, he’d be raked over the coals in the media 24/7

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