Monday, July 23, 2007

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.”


Anonymous catfleas said...

I think Rangel's piggy has more than one earmark.

8:44 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Who are the "earmarked" contractors? What percentage overrun is "earmarked"?


3:16 AM  
Anonymous z said...

He took lessons from Robt Byrd...I hear an incredible amount of W. Virginia building projects, buildings and freeways, bear his name. the ego!!

8:06 AM  

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