In the latest mess involving Rep. Charlie Rangels (D) finances, the former Ways and Means chairmans campaign committee paid $26,000 in fines to New York City on Jan. 19.What could possibly lead to such a massive sum? Rangels office isnt saying.These payments were made in full compliance with FEC rules, said a spokesman for Rangel, who declined to comment further.Rangels campaign finance report merely lists the payment as being for fines. Rangel, who gave up his Ways and Means gavel last month, faces a host of ethical troubles, including inquiries into his procurement of multiple rent-stabilized apartments in New York.Rangel gave up one of those apartments, which he used as a campaign office, in 2008 following stories in the New York Times.The veteran lawmaker has paid parking tickets out of his campaign account in the past, but those payments were for much smaller amounts. Rangel has also paid more than $1.5 million to date on legal fees, and his fundraising is no longer keeping up with expenses. He raised just $108,000 in contributions in the most recent quarter, and his cash on hand shrank to $635,000.
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.