Monday, September 07, 2009

Is it me, or is Congress more corrupt than Wall Street

...the embattled Harlem Democrat [Charles Rangel] has been playing Santa Claus with his House colleagues, doling out more campaign cash from his own re-election kitty than almost any other member of Congress.

Among the 119 lucky recipients: three of the five Democrats on the House Ethics Committee.

The same people who are meant to be probing the growing list of his financial “oversights” and deciding what, if any, punishment to mete out.


So much for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s promise that this would be “the most ethical Congress ever.”

Rangel, of course, faces probes on a whole host of issues, many of them first uncovered by The Post: illegally maintaining four rent-stabilized apartments; use of House stationery to solicit funds for a policy center; failure to pay property taxes; failure to report rental income, and acceptance of free Caribbean trips paid for by corporate lobbyists.

Then there’s his most recent discloure filings — which listed hundreds of thousands of dollars in previously unreported assets.

All of which makes Rangel’s continued role as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee — Congress’ primary tax-writing body — a mockery.

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