Rep. Charles Rangel To Pay Fine For Apartment Misuse

Source: Catalina Camia / USA Today

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., has agreed to pay a $23,000 fine related to his use of a rent-stabilized apartment in New York City as a campaign office.

The details were first reported by The New York Times, citing Federal Election Commission records. The commission’s general counsel determined that Rangel accepted campaign donations above the legal limit when he leased the apartment below market rates.

Rangel was censured by the U.S. House of Representatives in December 2010 after he was found guilty by his colleagues on 11 counts of breaking ethics rules. Use of the rent-stabilized apartment for the campaign was among the misdeeds cited by the House Ethics Committee.

A Rangel spokeswoman told The Times that the agreement to pay the fine did not constitute an admission of guilt by the Harlem Democrat, once the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

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