Rep. Ran­gel agrees to pay $23,000 fine in FEC case

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

NEW YORK | Con­gress­man Charles B. Ran­gel and his cam­paign have agreed to pay $23,000 stem­ming from his use of a rent-sta­bi­lized apart­ment in New York City as a cam­paign of­fice.

The New York Times re­ports that the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion found that the Har­lem Demo­crat ac­cepted cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions be­yond the le­gal limit when he leased the apart­ment at a price be­low mar­ket rate.

City and state guide­lines re­quire rent-sta­bi­lized apart­ments be solely used as a pri­mary res­i­dence.

Mr. Ran­gel moved his cam­paign of­fice out of the apart­ment soon af­ter the leas­ing ar­range­ment be­came public.

His spokes­woman told the Times that the agree­ment to pay the civil fine was not an ad­mis­sion of guilt.

The 81-year-old con­gress­man an­nounced last week that he’ll run for a 22nd term. He was con­victed on House ethics charges in 2010. fa­cil­ity wouldn’t have been fin­ished with­out state tax in­cen­tives.

The gov­er­nor views Revel as the cen­ter­piece of an ef­fort to re­vive the for­tunes of At­lantic City, where the casino busi­ness has been on a long down­ward spi­ral.

Mr. Christie has seen Mr. Spring­steen per­form more than 100 times and says he has al­ready lost out to Bey­once for the chance to head­line at Revel’s grand open­ing Me­mo­rial Day week­end. He says Mr. Spring­steen could still show his sup­port for New Jer­sey by per­form­ing there dur­ing La­bor Day week­end.

A publi­cist for Mr. Spring­steen, whose cat­a­log in­cludes a song ti­tled “At­lantic City,” de­clined to com­ment.

The re­sort says it would love to have Mr. Spring­steen, if he’s up for it.

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