Democrat U.S. Representative Charlie Rangel filed false disclosure report to hide trip subsidy provided by Fidel Castro
And that wasn't all that was falsely submitted on the report and had to be belatedly amended. Interesting, isn't it, when a U.S. Congressman can get a 4-years-later opportunity to go back and cover for his having filed multiple lies and misrepresentations in an official, mandatory report and for his failure to transparently disclose as required? Only in the U.S. Congress....
It would make more sense if all disclosures had to be true and certified disclosures, with no late or amended filings. If that had been required in 2002, Rangel might have made another choice about accepting money for his trip from the anti-U.S. Communist dictator of Communist Cuba. Then, again..., he might not have.
Read about it below and here.
"Rep. Charles Rangel's Cuba Trip Subsidized by Castro"
"Rep. Charles Rangel, a frequent critic of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, met with Fidel Castro on a trip to the island in 2002, but only acknowledged that the Cuban government picked up part of the tab when a watchdog group began making recent inquiries.
The New York Democrat changed his travel disclosure form for the April 2002 trip and reimbursed the Cuban government and a New York grocery store owner $1,922 for his son's expenses after the Center for Public Integrity raised questions about the trip. House ethics rules permit private sponsors of lawmakers' trips to cover the cost of only one relative - in Rangel's case, his wife Alma, who also went on the trip.
The government watchdog group, which Monday released an extensive review of congressional travel, noted that congressional travel disclosure forms "are supposed to make the sponsor and purpose of privately funded trips transparent to the public."
But according to the group, Rangel initially listed a group that was conducting a bird study in Cuba at the time, the Minneapolis-based Sian Ka'an Conservation Foundation, as the sponsor of the trip..."