Congressional Black Caucus : House Ethics

760 WordsSep 10, 20164 Pages
Congressional Ethics Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairperson of the House Ways and Means Board and a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus,was convicted on 11 counts of violating House ethics policies by a special House Ethics committee (Kane, 2010). Rep. Charlie Rangel’s infractions included: • Failure to pay taxes for a beach home in the Caribbean. • Omissions and errors in his financial disclosure record • The use of a rent-controlled domestic apartment as a campaign office • He had used his Congressional letterhead to raise funds for a Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York. His statement that he took no money for himself, was a part of his defense. He argued that he didn’t use anything for personal gain. The notion of a sitting lawmaker soliciting for self-aggrandizement and ego promotion is just wrong. Rangel never took responsibility for his actions. Rangel, at some point during the trial, blamed his staff, his lawyers, his accountants, and the media. Rangel denied using his position for personal gain and said he’s only guilty of “irresponsible behavior” of the House rules (Miller, 2010). I feel that he is guilty of the charges that he was indicted for doing. He never denied the actions, but he rejected the reasons behind the acts. Third Party Candidates. In the beginning, the Press doesn’t find the Third Party candidates very newsworthy. Third party candidates have to try much harder than their major
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