Congress getting ripped off by relatives

AP Photo: House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel is currently facing four investigations by the House ethics panel for possible misuse of his office.
AP Photo: House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel is currently facing four investigations by the House ethics panel for possible misuse of his office.
According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel paid $57,500 from a campaign account to a Web-design company owned by his son over two years, paying more for Internet services than any other House member during the same period, according to federal records.

My first thought was that perhaps the web site was worth that much and more. I get a bit miffed when people tell me Internet services should be really cheap (including the WSJ!), so I assumed perhaps Rangel’s son put a lot of extra features on the site and the Congressman actually got a lot of value for a little bit of money. After all, $57,500 doesn’t buy a whole lot more than the basics in the private sector.

But then I got a Tweet from the Alltop.com folks, saying the RSS feeds for both the Senate and the House were on line. So, I went there. Nope, no Charlie Rangel site.

Small oversight. Surely, there is an RSS feed.

But, there isn’t. Neenz is just not that sloppy! You can check it out for yourself.

So, it looks like more Congressional nepotism and the taxpayer paying for something that doesn’t quite compete with the private sector. And I like Charlie Rangel.

So, Congressman Rangel, for $57,250, I will rebuild your site and include an RSS feed so you can be on Alltop where you can kick ass with the best of them.

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