Rangel Establishes Legal Defense Fund

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Charles Rangel has established a defense fund that will allow supporters to help pay his legal bills.

The New York Democrat still owes money to his former lawyers, who represented him in an ethics case that ended with his censure by the House.

He also wants to hire new lawyers to defend him before the Federal Election Commission. A nonprofit group filed a complaint saying Rangel improperly paid legal bills from a political action committee.

The Charles B. Rangel Legal Expense Trust was authorized by the House ethics committee.

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