Salazar says he’ll give up donations from Rangel

U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., will donate to charity $4,000 that was contributed to his previous election campaigns by embattled New York Congressman Charlie Rangel.

Rangel was accused Thursday by investigators of 13 congressional ethics violations.

Rangel has not contributed to Salazar’s current campaign, in which Salazar enjoys a substantial advantage over either possible Republican opponent, but Rangel has contributed $4,000 to previous Salazar campaigns.

The money will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the 3rd Congressional District, which covers most of the Western Slope and southern Colorado. There is a Boys & Girls Club in Montrose.

Rangel faces allegations that include failure to report rental income from vacation property in the Dominican Republic and more than $600,000 in assets on his financial-disclosure statements.

Salazar has no position on whether Rangel should undergo a public airing of the charges or be allowed to reach a plea agreement with the House ethics committee, according to Salazar’s Washington, D.C., office.


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