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25 July 2010

Georgia Dems Get More Than $30,000 From Embattled New York Congressman

New York Congressman Charlie Rangel finds himself in hot water these days after a congressional committee said there's "substantial reason to believe that Rangel broke House rules and possibly ran afoul of the law" [Yachnin, Jennifer and Kurtz, Josh (2010-7-24). Rangel Now Fighting Battles on Two Fronts. CQ Politics. Retrieved on 2010-7-25.].

Now it appears that Rangel's ethics troubles may affect other Democrats as attention is focused on the candidates supported financially by the former House Ways & Means Committee chairman.

Between 2008 and 2010, campaign committees controlled by Rep. Rangel gave $30,000 to the six Democrats who represent Georgia in Congress. U.S. Representatives John Barrow and David Scott received the most from Rangel; a combined $22,000 in the past two years [SOURCE: Federal Elections Commission; Open Secrets.org].

Republicans, sensing an opening, have targeted Democrats across the nation for their acceptance of Rangel campaign cash.

CQ Politics reported Friday that the National Republican Senatorial Committee "has been putting pressure on Democratic candidates to return Rangel's donations in an attempt to get political mileage out of the House ethics probe" [CQ-Roll Call Staff (2010-7-23). Indiana: Ellsworth Unloads Rangel Donations. CQ Politics. Retrieved on 2010-7-25.]. Bowing to that pressure, Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D - Indiana) says he's donating his Rangel contributions to charity.

As Rangel's troubles become more of a liability for Democrats this fall, one wonders if members of Georgia's congressional delegation will follow the lead of Rep. Ellsworth and get rid of campaign contributions made to them by the embattled New York Congressman.