Another congressman returns Rangel's 'Dirty Money' -- five Congressman have now given $60,000 to charity 

Since November, the Examiner's "Dirty Money Watch" has been exclusively calling up members of Congress who accepted campaign cash from scandal-plagued Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and asking whether they will return the money.

In the last week, and following multiple inquiries by the Examiner, three congressmen have donated $37,000 in campaign donations from Rangel to charity. (That total has risen from $26,00 in the initial report.) Another congresswoman, Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., told the Boston Herald she would return $7,000 she had recieved from Rangel.

And now the Examiner can report one more congressman is returning the money. After an inquiry by Examiner intern Heather Hunt, the office Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., told Hunt Peters would be returning $16,000 in donations from Rangel and calling for the Rangel to resign his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means committee.

In a press release from Peters' website, the congressman issued the following statement:

“It’s time for Chairman Rangel to step down.  Charlie Rangel’s past service to our country, including as a decorated soldier in the Korean War, is commendable.  However, the House Ethics Committee has found that Mr. Rangel has broken the stringent ethics rules Democrats enacted upon returning to the majority in 2007.  It’s time for him to resign his chairmanship so that he does not become a distraction from efforts to solve the major challenges facing the country.”  Congressman Peters will donate the $16,000 he received from Mr. Rangel’s campaign committees, ($2,000 last year and $14,000 during the 2008 campaign cycle) to local Oakland County charities.

Congressman Peters will donate the $16,000 he received from Mr. Rangel’s campaign committees, ($2,000 last year and $14,000 during the 2008 campaign cycle) to local Oakland County charities.

Since the Examiner started putting members of Congress on the spot about Rangel's "Dirty Money," a total of five congressman have donated $60,000 in Rangel contributions to charity.

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