Rangel Drops Another $110,000 In Legal Fees

Posted September 3, 2010 at 10:45am

Rep. Charlie Rangel’s legal troubles are continuing to drain campaign money, as the New York Democrat’s attention is divided between the Sept. 14 primary and his looming ethics trial.

Rangel’s campaign spent more than $110,000 during July and August, according to a preprimary report filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. The disbursements consisted of $100,000 to the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder, more than $10,000 to Oldaker, Belair & Wittie and $1,200 to Washington attorney John W. Kern.

In all, Rangel has so far shelled out more than $2.1 million in legal fees between his campaign account and his leadership political action committee in the long-running ethics case.

A House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct subcommittee charged Rangel in July with 13 counts of wrongdoing. Rangel allegedly misused federal resources to solicit donations for a City College of New York center named in his honor, accepted a rent-stabilized apartment for his campaign office, failed to pay taxes on a Dominican Republic villa and filed inaccurate personal financial disclosure forms.