NY City Cuts Off Funding For Rangel-Backed Group

Isabel Vincent and Ginger Adams Otis report in today’s New York Post that New York City has cut off funding for Alianza Dominicana, a nonprofit group for which Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) secured a $2.6 million federal earmark in June. In addition, the Post reports that Alianza Dominicana, which is Spanish for Dominican Alliance, is now the subject of a probe by the Department of Investigation (DOI), the City’s version of the FBI.

Last week, NLPC filed a Complaint with the House Ethics Committee against Rangel detailing his involvement with Alianza and its CEO Moises Perez. Alianza is an ACORN-like community action group for Dominicans that has become politically powerful after gorging on taxpayer funds for 25 years. As reported in the New York Post last Sunday, the group is facing a host of financial problems, including a failure to pay state and federal taxes. Click here to download a 10-page pdf of the Complaint.

Rangel last week defended Alianza, claiming that is benefits the community. It appears, however, to benefit friendly politicians and the individuals running the organization. It also appears to waste a great deal of taxpayer money. According to the Post, the $2.6 million Rangel earmark was to help build “a sleek, glass $19-million building that will house Alianza’s new headquarters in Harlem.”

 

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