Rangel and Lee on BANK Junket after TARP money given out
Charlie Rangel and Sheila Jackson Lee have the same lack of understanding of
what is dodgy operations. Both plus others attend conference sponsored by
Citigroup, which isn’t allowed by their ethics rules.
New York’s Charles Rangel and five other
Democratic members of the House enjoyed a trip to the Caribbean sponsored in
part by Citigroup (see above) in November – after Congress had approved the
$700 bailout for financial firms (including Citigroup).
The members no doubt will object to the terms
“junket,” but that shoe fits. The National Legal and Policy Center,
a watchdog group, has asked Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for
the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to investigate the Nov. 6-9 excursion
to the island of St. Maarten.
It was called the Caribbean Multi-Cultural Business
Conference, but “the primary purpose … for most participants
appeared to be to take a vacation,” said the NLPC. And not only was the
timing lousy, but “corporate sponsorship of such an event was banned by
House rules adopted on March 1, 2007, in response to the (lobbyist Jack) Abramoff
scandal,” the group pointed out.
Joining Rangel on that trip were Donald Payne of
New Jersey, Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Michigan,
Bennie Thompson of Mississippi and Donna Christenson, delegate from the U.S.
the media cover this one….let us see.