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    Ethics panel expands Rangel probe

    Ethics panel expands Rangel probe - John Bresnahan and Jonathan Allen - POLITICO.com

    The House ethics committee has unanimously voted to expand its investigation into embattled Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel, promising to further investigate Rangel’s latest re-statement of his personal finances.

    The growing investigation comes as Rangel continues to fight off Republican attempts to oust him from his chairmanship – the House voted largely along party lines on Wednesday to allow Rangel to keep his gavel while the ethics panel continues its months-long probe of the Harlem Democrat.

    The committee’s wide-ranging investigation already included an inquiry into Rangel's use of rent-stabilized apartments in a Harlem luxury building, his fundraising on behalf of the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College in New York, a tax provision for a million-dollar donor to the center and his failure to pay taxes on a vacation home in the Dominican Republic.

    And now the panel is looking into why Rangel understated the values of certain assets in his personal financial disclosures by $600,000.
    I have to say that I'm impressed that this wasn't brushed under the rug.
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    Re: Ethics panel expands Rangel probe

    I for one welcome the republicans return from their eight-year hiatus from being concerned with ethics and law-abiding.

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    Re: Ethics panel expands Rangel probe

    The only party that gives a hoot about ethics is the party that can use it as a tool to get back into power. Ethics complaints are merely tools to get votes.

    Again, only fools think we have two real, distinct parties.
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    Re: Ethics panel expands Rangel probe

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    The only party that gives a hoot about ethics is the party that can use it as a tool to get back into power. Ethics complaints are merely tools to get votes.

    Again, only fools think we have two real, distinct parties.
    I don't see how your second statement (if true) supports your first. It's possible to be in favor of rigorous ethical standards regardless of party.
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    Re: Ethics panel expands Rangel probe

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    I don't see how your second statement (if true) supports your first. It's possible to be in favor of rigorous ethical standards regardless of party.
    On an individual politician level, I'd agree. But when it comes to a party level, the past decade has, at least in my opinion, shown that parties only give a crap about ethics as a tool to bludgeon the opposition. Once they get into power, they don't give a crap about ethics.

    The second statement just shows that both parties are really the same. Both harp on ethics as a minority party....and then go do unethical things when they get into power.
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