For those of you that don't concern yourselves with civics nonetoomuch, Chuck is the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. Ways and Means writes the tax laws for this fair land of ours. Get it?
Anyhoo, Rangs has a bit of a problem. People are shouting from the rooftops that this guy has to go. Why? A small matter of forgetting to list some assets on his disclosure forms.
Minor omissions, after the jump
...in the Washington Post today decrying some of the newest revelations from last week, including a Merrill Lynch account valued between $250,000 and $500,000, tens of thousands in municipal bonds, and between $30,000 and $100,000 in rent from a Harlem brownstone that he owns, all of which he failed to list on his congressional disclosure forms from 2002 to 2006.
And if you remember:
This comes on top of the news last year about the four rent-stabilized apartments he rented at below-market rents, his use of government stationery to raise money for a pet project, his failure to report income from his sale of a Florida condo, and his failure to pay taxes on rental income from another home in the Dominican Republic.
According to the WaPo piece, Rangs's net worth doubled-ish, "from between $516,015 and $1,316,000 to between $1,028,024 and $2,495,000".
Yeah, so, that's kind of a big change. We're thinking that Chuck is way too busy being a tax wonk to track all this stuff. Or maybe he's just too tired. Either way, it's way easier to forget about four rent-controlled apartments than you think.
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