Rangel Could Face More Ethics Charges

By Jennifer Epstein
|  Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010  |  Updated 7:00 AM EDT
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Sorry, Charlie: Rangel Could Face More Ethics Charges

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Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters before attending an emergency town hall meeting on the future status of Harlem Hospital in wake of announced budget cuts, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 in New York. Rangel says he still loves Congress, despite a showdown with colleagues over ethics violations that led to his recent censure. Speaking to reporters Saturday at an event in Harlem, the Democrat appeared confident and as defiant as ever about the allegations. He received his punishment Thursday on the House floor. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) might not be out of the woods yet.

The House voted last Thursday to censure the former Ways and Means Committee chairman for violating 11 House ethics rules. Next, he may be facing an investigation at the hands of the Federal Election Commission.

The FEC is investigating a complaint that Rangel misused his political action committee to fund his legal defense over House ethics rules, the New York Post reported Sunday. 

Filed by the National Legal and Policy Center, the complaint charges that Rangel used nearly $400,000 raised by his National Leadership PAC to pay his legal bills. Rangel told the House Ethics Committee last month that he could no longer afford counsel in the panel’s proceedings after spending more than $2 million on legal fees.

Rangel's office did not immediately respond to POLITICO for comment.

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