Target Dems Still Won't Cough Up Rangel's Tainted Campaign Cash

March 3, 2010

FYI, a version of the release below went out to the following districts: Jason Altmire (PA-04); John Barrow (GA-12); Sanford Bishop (GA-02); Tim Bishop (NY-01); John Boccieri (OH-16); Leonard Boswell (IA-03); Allen Boyd (FL-02); Bruce Braley (IA-01); Bobby Bright (AL-02); Dennis Cardoza (CA-18); Gerry Connolly (VA-11); Jim Costa (CA-20); Joe Courtney (CT-02); Henry Cuellar (TX-28); Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03); Lincoln Davis (TN-04); Joe Donnelly (IN-02); Steve Driehaus (OH-01); Chet Edwards (TX-17); John Hall (NY-19); Martin Heinrich (NM-01); Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD-AL); Brian Higgins (NY-27); Baron Hill (IN-09); Tim Holden (PA-17); Rush Holt (NJ-12); Steve Israel (NY-02); Paul Kanjorski (PA-11); Ron Klein (FL-22); Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24); Rick Larsen (WA-02); Dan Maffei (NY-25); Betsy Markey (CO-04); Jim Marshall (GA-08); Eric Massa (NY-29); Jim Matheson (UT-02); Michael McMahon (NY-13); Michael Michaud (ME-02); Patrick Murphy (PA-08); Glenn Nye (VA-02); Ed Perlmutter (CO-07); Tom Perriello (VA-05); Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL); Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23); Mike Ross (AR-04); Kurt Schrader (OR-05); Heath Shuler (NC-11); Zack Space (OH-18); John Spratt (SC-05); Bart Stupak (MI-01); Harry Teague (NM-02); Tim Walz (MN-01); Charlie Wilson (OH-06); David Wu (OR-01); and John Yarmuth (KY-03).

Zack Space Still Won’t Cough Up Rangel’s Tainted Campaign Cash

Ohio Democrat Hangs On to $21,000 in Dirty Donations, Tarnishes Himself with Rangel Connection


Washington- Corrupt Harlem Democrat Charlie Rangel’s ethical lapses have forced him to step down as Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, but that hasn’t stopped Zack Space from holding on tightly to his dirty campaign contributions. While some of Space’s Democrat colleagues have been quick to jump ship and rid themselves of Rangel’s tainted donations, Space has lined his campaign coffers with $21,000 – and so far appears to have no intention of giving it back. Space’s clear disregard for the House Ethics Committee’s ruling leaves Ohio families with a question for Space: Is $21,000 worth tying your name to the face of Democrat corruption in Washington?


“Rangel has raised considerable money for fellow Democrats. His leadership political action committee raised $2.2 million in the 2008 election cycle and spent $2 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He also raises money through a Rangel Victory Fund.


“Republican campaign officials have started criticizing individual Democrats for holding on to chunks of campaign contributions that resulted from Rangel’s fundraising.


“As an example of his eroding support, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., is giving campaign funds affiliated with Rangel to charity, her spokesman said.” (Larry Margasak, “Rangel stepping down from tax-writing chairmanship,” 3/03/2010)


Perhaps House Democrats should have considered Rangel’s checkered past before promising to ‘drain the swamp’ and ‘turn this Congress into the most honest and open Congress in history.’


“‘Drain the swamp’ means to turn this Congress into the most honest and open Congress in history. That’s my pledge — that is what I intend to do,’ Pelosi stated in an interview with NBC’s  Brian Williams.” (Brian Williams, “Rep. Pelosi poised to make history”, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, 11/08/2006)


While his Democrat colleagues are coughing up Charlie Rangel’s dirty donations in droves, Zack Space’s refusal to give up his $21,000 is a slap in the face to the Ohio families who voted him into office,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Until he speaks out and says otherwise, it’s clear that Space has no problem associating himself with Rangel’s notorious ethical problems. Such utter disregard for Ohio families and the House Ethics Committee’s ruling proves that Space is willing to turn a blind eye to the corruption problem that is running rampant through the ranks of Washington Democrats.”