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Ethics Panel Admonishes Rangel; Members Must Pay for Trips

The ethics panel is examining Rangel’s lease of three rent-controlled apartments in his district — the lawmaker earlier gave up a fourth unit that he had used as an office in the same building — and his use of House parking facilities for long-term vehicle storage, which is prohibited.

In addition, the investigation is focused on Rangel’s fundraising efforts for a City College of New York facility named in his honor. In December 2008, the ethics panel expanded the investigation to include an alleged quid pro quo — legislative action in exchange for donations to the college. Rangel has denied any wrongdoing in the matter.

The ethics committee expanded its investigation a second time to add Rangel's August 2009 disclosure of more than $500,000 worth of assets that he failed to previously report on his annual personal finance disclosures.

Rangel said he needs to consult with his lawyer about his next move, stating: “And I think right now I have to let the general community make its own judgment based on what the ethics committee has said and then I’ll get back to you with a larger statement when I have more information,” he said.

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