Charles Rangel, Inez Dickens Involved in Still More Malfeasance

Rep Charles Rangel has not been thrown in jail for the various crimes he has committed, and his constituents are unlikely to vote him out of office on the grounds of corruption, but he did receive a mild scolding from Congress, so I’m sure he will keep his nose clean now. Or maybe not:

A Harlem political club, which benefits from taxpayer money and boasts Rep. Charles Rangel and Councilwoman Inez Dickens as district leaders, has received more than $200,000 in donations since 1999 but didn’t report the income or even register with the state, officials said.

Dickens also happens to be the Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club’s landlord, collecting monthly rent.

Yet her campaign paid $4,125 to the club for space during her 2009 council run – taxpayer-matched campaign cash that in part would have boomeranged back to her as rent.

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Readers might recall Dickens as the New York City Council member who racked up over a quarter of a $million in unpaid code violations, property taxes, and water bills on the properties she presides over as slumlord. She is an ally of Rangel, and a rising star in NYC politics. Comically yet appropriately, she chairs the City Council’s Ethics Committee.

Political clubs are also legally required to register with the state if they’re involved in campaigning and to report income and expenditures if they’ve taken in more than $1,000, according to the state Board of Elections.

The club, whose Facebook page touts members such as former Gov. David Paterson and former Mayor David Dinkins, helped Rangel’s congressional re-election campaign last year.

No doubt it would be racist to expect anyone to be held accountable for the Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club’s misdeeds. Incidentally, MLK was not a Democrat.

Inez Dickens, the female Charles Rangel.

On a tip from Jonathan D. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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