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Tax dodger Charles Rangel now dodging rent; Taxpayers to the rescue

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By Doug Powers  •  April 7, 2014 09:18 AM

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Censured tax dodger Charles Rangel, who once in a fit of projection accused Mitt Romney of not paying his fair share in taxes, has been caught channeling his inner Jimmy McMillan. Apparently the rent is too damn high.

From the New York Post via American Thinker:

State taxpayers were stiffed out of at least $87,000 when Rep. Charles Rangel stopped paying for the district office he rents in Harlem’s Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, records ­obtained by The Post show.

His staffers’ excuse? They lost the lease, according to state Office of General Services correspondence.

“I finally heard back from Congressman Rangel’s office and it seems we haven’t gotten the signed lease back because they lost it!” OGS real-estate specialist Sydney Allen wrote in a July 30, 2013, e-mail to a colleague that was ­obtained by The Post.

Rangel paid $7,253 in monthly rent on the 125th Street office he has rented since 2000, expense reports from 2012 show. But the payments stopped for all of 2013.

The state stepped in and had taxpayers pick up the unpaid tab — just like they would if you or I didn’t pay our rent, right?

Naturally this is all the fault of those darn Republicans:

When The Post last week inquired about the year of missing rent, Rangel’s office and OGS blamed federal sequestration, not the lost lease referenced in agency correspondence.

“As everyone knows, the GOP sequester not only constrained our nation’s economy, but also strained the budget of congressional offices,” said Rangel spokeswoman Hannah Kim.

Join us next week for another episode of the continuing series, “Tales from the Undrained Swamp.”

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