Embattled House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) was the top recipient of bundled campaign contributions from lobbyists during the third fundraising quarter of this year, new reports show. According to Federal Election Commission reports filed after Thursdays deadline, Rangel received roughly $125,000 in combined campaign contributions from the McPherson Groups John Kelly, New York-based Constantinople & Vallone Consulting and trade group Employee-Owned S Corporations of America. Kelly delivered $22,100 worth of campaign gifts to Rangel during the third quarter, while Constantinople & Vallone bundled $83,289. The Employee-Owned S Corporations of America handed over checks to Rangels re-election committee totaling $19,500.Under new FEC rules, Rangel was one of a dozen lawmakers who filed paperwork last week disclosing lobbyists who directed more than $16,000 in contributions to their political accounts.Using preliminary FEC data late last week, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) was the third quarters No. 1 recipient, appearing to rake in nearly $120,000 from three lobbyists. But Hensarlings campaign later clarified that the lawmakers third-quarter bundling total actually was considerably lower: $39,250.Rangels apparent popularity on K Street comes as the tax panel chairman continues to weather House ethics investigations into his personal finances. Other big third-quarter bundling recipients in the House include New Democrat Coalition Chairman Joe Crowley (N.Y.), Natural Resources Chairman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.). Crowley received $23,000 in bundled gifts from AT&Ts political action committee, while Conyers was feted with nearly $30,000 worth of contributions by Bryan Cave lobbyist Broderick Johnson. During the third quarter, Alcalde & Fay lobbyist Paul Schlesinger bundled $18,500 worth of campaign contributions for Rahall.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.