NLPC yesterday filed a formal Complaint with the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, commonly known as the House Ethics Committee. Click here to download a 10-page pdf of the Complaint.
The Complaint focuses on Rep. Rangel’s efforts to direct millions of dollars in taxpayers’ money to a politically well-connected but financially unstable nonprofit called Alianza Dominicana. Rangel’s relationship with the controversial group based in New York City was the subject of a front page story in the Sunday August 8, 2010 New York Post.
The Post story detailed how Rangel used his position of influence with the New York Empowerment Zone to direct millions in taxpayer assistance in the form of loan guarantees, a loan and a grant to the group for the purchase of a $19 million new building in Manhattan. At the same time, Alianza Dominicana had failed to pay its state and federal taxes and had run up huge debts with its landlord and other creditors. The group had even stiffed its own employees on hundreds of thousands of dollars in payroll.
The matter was also the subject of NLPC’s ongoing investigation of Rangel’s ethics and finances. NLPC’s complaint documents how the nonprofits supporters, board, staff, building contractor and the head of the Dominican Republic bank financing the construction had all contributed tens of thousands of dollars over recent years to Rangel’s political committees.
Many of the pending allegations for the September trial of Rep. Rangel were taken directly from NLPC’s investigation and its three prior complaints to the House Ethics Committee.
Timeline of Charles Rangel Ethics Scandal
Flaherty: Rangel Had to Know of Junket’s Corporate Sponsorship (Fox News Channel video)
Flaherty: Rangel Dirty Even After Coming Clean (CNN/Anderson Cooper video)
Flaherty: Rangel is ‘Serial Offender’ (CNN/Anderson Cooper video)