The 'Most Ethical Congress' Strikes Again!
Rep. Rangel Earmarks Funds for His Own Building
New York Rep. Charles Rangel has been raising funds from taxpayers and corporations for a center in Harlem to be named after a prominent U.S. congressman – Charles Rangel.
The Democrat has quietly raised nearly $25 million for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College, located in a four-story Harlem building and aimed at steering low-income and minority students into politics, the New York Post reports.
Last week Rangel – chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee – pushed through a $2 million "earmark” in the House to serve as seed money for the project.
Corporate contributions so far include $10 million from insurance company AIG and $500,000 from the Verizon Foundation. Rangel’s committee has jurisdiction over taxes and trade, including corporate taxation.
Some lawmakers consider it "unseemly” for Rangel to name a government-supported project after himself, according to the Post. Rep. John Campbell, R-Ill., said: "I just don’t think it’s right for a member to donate taxpayer money to something with their name on it.”