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February 25, 2010

CREW Issues Statement on House Ethics Committee’s Admonishment of Rep. Rangel

Congressman Charles RangelWashington, D.C. - Upon learning that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) will be admonished for taking a trip to the Caribbean paid for by Carib News, CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan stated, “The Ethics Committee’s decision makes no sense. There is simply no reason for Rep. Rangel alone to be held accountable for taking this trip when a number of other members were also present.”

Sloan continued, “The notion that Rep. Rangel alone was aware the trip was sponsored by corporate donors defies logic. There were banners identifying specific corporate donors and Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), publicly thanked corporate sponsors. The fact is, each and every member of Congress present was equally as culpable as Rep. Rangel and all should be held to the same standard.”

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. For more information, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact Stephen Santulli at 202.408.5565 or ssantulli@citizensforethics.org.

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