I look for parking ticket news all the time. I report stories and issues that I think will interest our readers. Rep. Charles Rangel has come under fire for his questionable judgment involving financial issues, non-payment of income taxes, and using the influence of his office inappropriately.
Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington reported that Rep. Rangel used his campaign funds to pay $1,540 in parking ticket fines from the District of Columbia in the past two years.
Is this a violation of any laws or rules? It is not illegal to use campaign funds to pay parking fines if they were incurred during campaign activities or about Rangel’s place as an officeholder. Rep. Rangel’s spokesperson claims there was no misuse of campaign funds. I guess time will tell.
When you make a campaign donation to a politician you trust and respect, what is your expectation for the use of those funds? Do you think your money is going to pay for parking tickets? NYC issued 10M parking tickets last year, generating $600+ in revenue from people like you and me. Who paid your parking tickets? My guess is you did.
What do you think about paying for parking tickets from campaign funds?
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