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Rangel to pay $23,000 to NOT admit guilt…

March 27, 2012

It appears that Rep. Rangel, as discussed here and here, is going to NOT admit that he is GUILTY, BUT he is going to pay $23,000, to make the accusations go away!!!

Just so everyone understands, here is an article from FoxNews.

“Congressman Charles Rangel and his campaign have agreed to pay $23,000 stemming from his use of a rent-stabilized apartment in New York City as a campaign office.”

I have a few questions:

1)  Why does the Federal Election Commission accept settlement of this amount?  It is OBVIOUS that Rep. Rangel BROKE the LAW!!  Here is another quote from the article:

“Rangel moved his campaign office out of the apartment soon after the leasing arrangement became public.”

He KNEW it was wrong and only changed after it became public knowledge.

2.  When are the fines, imposed on the law breakers, going to come DIRECTLY FROM THE LAW BREAKERS??  I do not want his company, his campaign, his benefactors, etc. to pay the fine, I want the perpeTRAITORS to face the penalty.  This goes for Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac prosecutions as well.  Why should the Tax Payer be responsible for the fines of any of those executives??

3)  Is $23,000 enough??  How much money did Rangel save by using this apartment as his office??  IF he saved $1,000/month and had the office for 20 years of his 22 years of “service”, that would mean that he saved  $216,000 plus interest.  Why would $23,000 be a deterrent??  (UPDATE: This $1,000/month was just my estimate.  The Daily Caller has information about the rent.  Turns out it was a $1,070/month difference!!!  IF he used it for two years it was profitable for him to pay the penalty and STEAL this unit from a deserving tenant.)

4)  How are Rep. Rangel’s constituents, that were unable to rent this apartment because he was using it, that were HARMED going to be reimbursed??  They had to pay a higher rent somewhere else!!  How are they going to be compensated??

Personally, I am sick and tired of these settlements.  This case is obvious, take it to court and find Rangel GUILTY in a court of law.  Then he will be UNABLE to weasel out of his responsibility to ADMIT HIS GUILT!!  Prosecute the CRIMINALS and ENFORCE the LAW!!!  MAKE THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS.  If we cannot hold our elected representatives to the law, why should ordinary Americans respect the law??