Sep 7, 2010

Congressman Rangel runs up $111,000 legal bill in last two months

A federal campaign finance report shows embattled New York Rep. Charles Rangel (pictured) has spent more than $111,000 on legal bills since July.

A House ethics panel has charged the Harlem Democrat with 13 violations, including using a rent controlled Manhattan apartment as a campaign office and failing to pay taxes on a rental property in the Dominican Republic.

Rangel has maintained he has done nothing wrong and has said he will continue to fight the charges.

The New York Daily News reported that the congressman's latest campaign filing Friday shows he's spent more than $1.8 million on legal fees ($111,000 since July) related to the case. He's paying much of the money out of his campaign account.

Mr. Rangel is running for re-election and faces several challengers in a Democrat primary September 14.