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Complaint: Rangel paid with PAC funds
Mr. Rangel denied any wrongdoing.
“The National Leadership PAC attorney has authorized the use of its funds for its legal expenses,” he said in a statement. Mr. Rangel said the center is biased against him and added, “A complaint can be filed by any entity and it should not be taken as fact.”
The policy center had accused Mr. Rangel of ethical wrongdoing numerous times during a House ethics investigation that led to his censure last week for financial and fundraising violations. The misconduct at issue in the House proceeding did not involve the legal fee payments.
The center said Mr. Rangel paid $293,000 to his principal defense attorneys from his National Leadership PAC. At least portions of another $100,000 paid to another firm also might have been for his legal defense in that case, the complaint said.
A leadership political action committee is separate from a candidate’s own campaign committee, and is designed to elect other candidates.
Court’s ruling affects vote count
ST. PAUL | Minnesota’s top court has dealt Republican Tom Emmer a setback that could make it harder to sue over the state’s unfinished governor’s race.
The state Supreme Court released an opinion Tuesday that closes off Mr. Emmer’s attempt to disqualify some votes in the race. The court last month had rejected his petition to make local officials match the number of votes and voters using polling place rosters.
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