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Charlie's Angels: Rangel Just Happen to Donate to the Campaign Coffers of Three Members of the Tax Committee Charged with "Investigating" Him

And to 119 fellow members of Congress, actually.

Why, there ought to be a law.

Oh right there is. Bribery.

The reigning member of Congress' top tax committee is apparently "wrangling" other politicos to get him out of his own financial and tax troubles.


Congressman Rangel has been arrogant in refusing to discuss how, as the man who writes this country's tax laws, he failed to report over $1 million in outside income and $3 million in business transactions as required by the House, lapses under investigation by the House Ethics Committee.


There may be a reason for Rangel's arrogance. CBS 2 HD has discovered that since ethics probes began last year the 79-year-old congressman has given campaign donations to 119 members of Congress, including three of the five Democrats on the House Ethics Committee who are charged with investigating him.

Charlie's "angels" on the committee include Congressmen Ben Chandler of Kentucky, G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina and Peter Welch of Vermont. All have received donations from Rangel.

Only Welch sees something wrong with being financial beholden to Charlie.

"In an abundance of caution, he has returned all campaign contributions from Mr. Rangel," said spokesman Bob Rogan, Welch's Chief of Staff.

It amounted to nearly 20 grand.

An abundance of caution, eh? Or, like, a minimal amount?

Last night I had an opportunity to beat a stranger to death with a socket wrench. But I passed over the chance, out of an abundance of caution. Going the extra step to stay ethically pure.

This is the only guy who so exercised the "abundance of caution." Everyone else is keeping the money that Rangel didn't pay taxes on.

The most ethical Congress in history session.

I am beginning to think 2010 is going to be a wipeout for Democrats. If, and only if, we, the 40% + strongly disapproving of Obama and his corrupt cronies, can go around the media and get this information to the 20% of the country that is on the fence.

Jay Cost points this out as a danger for Obama and the Democrats:

Rasmussen's daily tracking poll has the President's current "strong disapprove" number 12 points higher than his "strong approve" number. This is not a good thing for President Obama. Let's think about those people willing to use an adjective like "strong" when describing their feelings about the President. They include those who go out there and make the case - for or against Mr. Obama - to others whose feelings are lukewarm. They are the proselytizers. At this very moment, they are out there talking to friends, family, neighbors, whoever will listen, about this President, trying to convince them that either he's great or he stinks.

Right now, the people who are arguing that he stinks are likely more numerous than those who still think he is great. This is not a good thing, considering that the middle of the country is squishy. The middle can see the same issue from multiple perspectives, which is why it swings back and forth. In the last twenty years, we have had three Democratic terms and three Republican terms because of the middle. A President needs the middle to stay with him, which means he does not want his opposition to be so aggravated that it is passionately working on convincing the middle to abandon the President.

We need to start pitching this stuff in a soft-sell way to the moderates and swing voters we know. Not "get in their faces," as Obama demanded -- that doesn't really work. People have a strong resistance to being bullied or preached to.

But we can certainly provide factual information.

Link Fixed. I accidentally linked to busty lesbian pictures again.

No, not really. I re-linked the Honduran coffee website.

Whoopsie! Two of Rangel's top staffers are also scrambling to "correct" their apparently incomplete tax returns, dating back to 2002.

As Instapundit notes, Rangel's innumeracy/forgetfulness is apparently viral.

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