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OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Charles B. Rangel

Feb 26, 2010

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Charles B. Rangel

On June 8, 2009, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative Charles B. Rangel.

Nature of Review

There is substantial reason to believe that Congressman Charles Rangel’s participation in the 13th Annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference in St. Maarten, N.A. from November 7-9, 2008, his acceptance of reimbursement of expenses to attend that conference and the Member Post Travel Disclosure Form he filed violated various provisions of House Rule XXV Section 5(b).

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations.

Committee Conclusion

On June 24, 2009, the Committee established an Investigative Subcommittee to conduct an inquiry regarding this matter.

On February 26, 2010, the Committee released a report from the Subcommittee finding Representative Rangel violated the House gift rule by accepting payment or reimbursement for travel to the 2007 and 2008 conferences. The report's publication served as a public admonishment by the Standards Committee of Representative Rangel. The Committee also required Representative Rangel to repay the costs of the trips to the respective entitites that paid for his travel or to the U.S. Treasury.