Dem leaders plan birthday-bash fundraiser for most famous colleague

posted at 2:00 pm on July 31, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

What do Democratic Party leaders get for the man who has singlehandedly put a corruption bullseye on the backs of his colleagues in competitive districts and refuses to step aside to give them cover?  A birthday party, of course!  And not just a birthday party to honor the man who will face the first House ethics trial in eight years, but a fundraiser for his campaign:

Democratic leaders and major party donors plan to hold a lavish 80th birthday gala for Charles Rangel at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan next month, despite 13 ethics charges pending against the veteran lawmaker.

Lobbyists and other party donors received invitations this week to join Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and New York Gov. David Paterson at one of New York’s finest hotels to celebrate Rangel’s birthday.

Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg are also listed as featured guests, according to an invitation viewed by The Hill. …

While some Democrats think Rangel has become politically radioactive in Washington, the invitation lists a variety of enticements to get people to show up to his birthday bash and contribute to his campaign.

Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” will serenade them and guests who pony up $200, $500, $1,000 or $2,500 for tickets. The funds will go to the Rangel Victory Fund, a campaign account.

With Adam Clayton Powell IV challenging Rangel in the primary, some may wonder why these big-name Democrats are choosing to raise funds for Rangel anyway.  Why not let the primary play itself out first?  Powell could pull off an upset and get them off the hook for Rangel’s multiple ethics violations and perhaps make the ethics trial moot.

The answer is that the money Rangel raises will not just stay with Rangel, although that may be somewhat less true in this cycle.  The former chair of Ways and Means has long used his campaign funds to spread the wealth — and spread his influence.  He gets Democrats elected in places where they may have had difficulty by dropping big transfers of cash into their coffers.  Once they get elected, Rangel has IOUs that he can call in whenever he needs.

Basically, Schumer, Gillibrand, Cuomo, and Bloomberg are using Rangel to push money out to other Democrats as well as trying to rescue Charlie from himself.  That’s something that voters should consider when these candidates run in their own elections.  When it came down to it, they’re more interested in the money than in cleaning out corruption.

Oh, and the best part?  As The Hill points out, Rangel’s birthday is actually June 11th, while this fundraiser is being held on August 11th.


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letget on July 31, 2010 at 2:05 PM

The Grifters.

Alinsky on July 31, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I think they need to hang this party around the necks of the ruling elite Democrats with the message:

Rules for thee, but not for me

Despicable

karenhasfreedom on July 31, 2010 at 2:07 PM

June or August, whats a few months between theives?

BobMbx on July 31, 2010 at 2:08 PM


Dem leaders plan birthday-bash fundraiser for most famous infamous colleague

The headline needed improvement.

mchristian on July 31, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Why do democrats celebrate corruption?

Inanemergencydial on July 31, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Why do democrats celebrate corruption?

Inanemergencydial on July 31, 2010 at 2:11 PM

They don`t believe the things they do are corrupt.

ThePrez on July 31, 2010 at 2:25 PM

As I stated in the other thread, the RNC needs to be using this. Yes, letting the Dems destroy themselves is great, but somebody needs to get the word out and the main stream transciptionists aren’t going to do it.

AZfederalist on July 31, 2010 at 2:28 PM

I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.

Inanemergencydial on July 31, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Oh man. The HotAir virtual predator drones are warming up by themselves just on the thought of what I would like to write.

So instead I will just say that the time is coming to sweep the decks clean of these clueless, royalist scumbags. Vote them all out, all of them, every party, every ideology, and make them prove through deed and action that they are worthy of bringing back.

Bishop on July 31, 2010 at 2:30 PM

So awesome that HA blocks links to CNN. Way to save the republic.

Inanemergencydial on July 31, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Democrat political leaders in DC conduct fraudulent birthday bash for one of their own.

So what? Dog bites man. Nothing to see here, keep moving.

listens2glenn on July 31, 2010 at 2:31 PM

June or August, whats a few months between theives?

BobMbx on July 31, 2010 at 2:08 PM

He’s just a man ahead of his time I guess…

JetBoy on July 31, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Compare this to the 24/7 nonstop MSM harangue about Congressman Foley’s emails and the George Allen ‘macaca’ non-story just before the elections in 2006.

The double standard regarding media treatment of the 2 parties really is breath taking.

It also suggests that the Republicans absolutely refuse to play by the same ‘street fighting’ rules the Democrats do.

The R’s will never win if they continue playing softball.

rickyricardo on July 31, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Ethics violations to the democrat party is a resume enhancement. It business as usual to them. The more that they can tax and the more they can steal is what the democrat party is all about. Good Time Charlie will get a slap on the wrist- look who is going to pass judgement- they are just as bad as good old Charlie. Schumer,Gillibrand,Cuomo,Bloomberg are no better than Charlie. Only one missing is Eliot Spitzer.

flintstone on July 31, 2010 at 2:41 PM

The concept of “bad optics” was really harped on by the MSM during the Bush Administration. Lately, not so much.

Cicero43 on July 31, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Birds of a feather flock together. They’re all freaking crooks.

GarandFan on July 31, 2010 at 2:55 PM

laughing at you, not with.

RealMc on July 31, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Shameless. Truly, truly shameless. An entrenched, arrogant kleptocracy thumbing its nose at America.

notropis on July 31, 2010 at 3:11 PM

$200 bucks to hear Aretha Franklin?

Cool!

patch on July 31, 2010 at 3:19 PM

On the other hand Charlie has been a good steward to the people of his district and has helped create policies that have allowed a large majority of them to rise out of the depths of poverty over the last 40 years. Oh, wait.

Caper29 on July 31, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Dems even lie about their own birthday? Sheesh.

faraway on July 31, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Hope and Change baby!

jnelchef on July 31, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Nancy “drain the swamp” Pelosi is really the “Swamp Monster”

ladyingray on July 31, 2010 at 3:29 PM

With all due respect, are the Democrats in New York that blatantly arrogant or are they just plain nuts?

Because you can’t tell me New York constinuents from one end of the state to the other aren’t seeing this and going “WTF?!!!!!”

pilamaye on July 31, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Seriously?

cmsinaz on July 31, 2010 at 3:32 PM

you can’t tell me New York constinuents from one end of the state to the other aren’t seeing this and going “WTF?!!!!!”

pilamaye on July 31, 2010 at 3:31 PM

But I can tell you that most of the constituents in New York from one end of the state to the other aren’t seeing this. It’s not like it will be on the Daily Show.

notropis on July 31, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Gotta hand it to these folks, they do the “no shame” thing like no other group in history.

Tim Zank on July 31, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Small correction. Rangel’s primary opponent is Adam Clayton Powell III. Adam Clayton Powell IV is a friend of my youngest and only 21 years old.

levi from queens on July 31, 2010 at 3:40 PM

It won’t matter. I’m guessing his constituents could care less about ethics as long as the pork keeps rolling in and he has the right skin tone.

That made me sad to write.

WitchDoctor on July 31, 2010 at 3:43 PM

So awesome that HA blocks links to CNN. Way to save the rRepublic.

Inanemergencydial on July 31, 2010 at 2:30 PM

FIFY…

Khun Joe on July 31, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Democratic leaders and major party donors plan to hold a lavish 80th birthday gala for Charles Rangel at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan next month, despite 13 ethics charges pending against the veteran lawmaker.

Leave it to the democrats to demand honesty,ethics,and accountability from everybody but themselves.

I am sure the democrats have already worked out talking points with their journolist friends in the media….they are not worried about this at all.

Rangel and Waters will walk with little to no problems and then be treated like heroes from the same people who whine about cleaning up the “culture of corruption”.

I was reading about Waters corruption concerning propping up a bank that her husband had finical ties to.

Her defense was “he was no longer there when this monetary support came”.

……..Dick Cheney had been gone from Haliburton since the 90′s…….did that stop the democrats from whining and yelling about “Haliburton” kickbacks for 8 years.

democrats are so full of sh!t that they can’t even keep up with their own dishonesty and spin.

Baxter Greene on July 31, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Is the MSNBC cafeteria catering the event?

SouthernGent on July 31, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Basically, Schumer, Gillibrand, Cuomo, and Bloomberg are using Rangel to push money out to other Democrats as well as trying to rescue Charlie from himself. That’s something that voters should consider when these candidates run in their own elections. When it came down to it, they’re more interested in the money than in cleaning out corruption.

Let them. It will make for great commercials.

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2010 at 4:02 PM

democrats are so full of sh!t that they can’t even keep up with their own dishonesty and spin.

Baxter Greene on July 31, 2010 at 3:50 PM

No worries – sh!t always floats on top and can’t hide under water, even if the media and Obama/Pelosi/Reid pray and hope for.

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2010 at 4:05 PM

…so true

Baxter Greene on July 31, 2010 at 4:18 PM

So awesome that HA blocks links to CNN. Way to save the republic.

Inanemergencydial on July 31, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Is there a list somewhere of the secret words and websites that are banned?

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2010 at 4:22 PM

I hear that Obama fella really knows how to throw a good party. I wouldn’t know myself of course, as I’m just one of the rabble and not even invited, even though I help fund the things.

Tone Deafness, thy name is the Democrat Party.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 31, 2010 at 4:26 PM

This is rich, Ed, in more ways than one. I know that this will never make to the MSM, as they are in bed with the corruptocrats. I’m sending this link to all my liberal friends and ask them how all this honest and open government is working for them. Draining the swamp indeed.

Anyone who spends 40 years in congress is certainly corrupt no matter the party affiliation. Term limits are in order. My idea is 2 for senate and 4 for the house. Of course it will never happen, but we can always dream. If I remember correctly, part of the Contract With America was term limits. Congress voted on it and turned it down by a huge majority.

simkeith on July 31, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Rangel and Waters , First two swamp rats .

Soo many more need to be brought up on charges.

Texyank on July 31, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Ugh, 8/11 is my wife’s BD. I don’t think I’ll tell her about this…

karl9000 on July 31, 2010 at 5:28 PM

So,the DNC is celebrating Rangels Criminal Corruption,
well,its going to be a early political wake of the Lib
eral Partys demise,cometh November!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Audacious Audacity spun into unmittigated gall,of in your face,we are untouchable,noth’n to see here,mind your
own dam* business and move it along,we are going to have a
big F”n deal here!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Me thinks,a petition,and some manufactured picketing and
good ole’ fashion liberal style activism,from their play
book,and put a huge spotlight on this,just to make sure,
that everyone knows what kind of joke this is,and prot
est Rangels Office,flood the phone lines!!!!!!!!!!!

Operation Inflitration into Rangel’s so-called birthday
party/fundraiser scam,with lots of good video of said ev
ent,Breitbart style!!

Jus sayin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 31, 2010 at 5:31 PM

With Adam Clayton Powell IV challenging Rangel in the primary, some may wonder why these big-name Democrats are choosing to raise funds for Rangel anyway.

What is wrong with people that they’d vote for Rangel more than once? He’s been in Congress doing what he’s doing now for DECADES. Who keeps voting for him? And WHY?

Lourdes on July 31, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Speaking of swamps!
============================

Jerry Reed “Amos Moses”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLDtNsIKOhs&feature=related

canopfor on July 31, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Schumer, Gillibrand, Cuomo, and Bloomberg…Rangel

What a disturbing list of nuts.

Lourdes on July 31, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Why don’t they pop O. J. Simpson out of jail so he can show up too.

Hummer53 on July 31, 2010 at 5:45 PM

American Gangster’s.

Speakup on July 31, 2010 at 5:55 PM

It also suggests that the Republicans absolutely refuse to play by the same ’street fighting’ rules the Democrats do.

The R’s will never win if they continue playing softball.

rickyricardo on July 31, 2010 at 2:39 PM

spot on…

cmsinaz on July 31, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Oh, and the best part? As The Hill points out, Rangel’s birthday is actually June 11th, while this fundraiser is being held on August 11th.

The man even lies about his birthday.

JohnGalt23 on July 31, 2010 at 6:06 PM

What is wrong with people that they’d vote for Rangel more than once? He’s been in Congress doing what he’s doing now for DECADES. Who keeps voting for him? And WHY?

Lourdes on July 31, 2010 at 5:34 PM

A lot of dead people, and a whole lot more unemployed people.

Tim Zank on July 31, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Oh, and the best part? As The Hill points out, Rangel’s birthday is actually June 11th, while this fundraiser is being held on August 11th

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As they say close enough for government work.

With Obama math it is well within the margins of correct.

Lot of curious gosip in the air. Seems that the Clintons forgot to mail the Obama’s invitations to their daughters wedding, and gosh it is too late to make arrangments to accomdate them. Sad. Seems that is not a problem as Michelle suddenly remembers that the King and Queen of Spain invited her and a few of her friends to visit with them. That makes it an official visit so that we have to pay for her vacation, again. At least we are getting the best our money can buy for her. It was nice for Berry’s oldest daughter to remain behind with his bithday being during the time Michelle is in Spain and all that. I guess someone has to be there to tell him his is a great president and rehearse his lines with him. It is a bit curious as to why she did not go with her mother.

Wonder what he plans on doing for his birthday? Its a bad time for his progressive friends to be seen hanging out with him. Odds are that he quietly slips away for a bit of time in Spain on his birthday. After all we can afford to let him live like he is a king.

Randals birthday party is apparently yet another problem. Maybe that is why Berry is so negative towards Randal and wants him to get under the bus. My guess is Berry was not invited, again.

So we have Michelle (Berry) coming home from spain, repacking and heading of to the gulf coast where the little people vacation. Not a total loss as there are golf courses on the gulf coast and the beach will be sqeeky clean if the rest of the family should decided to hang out on a gulf side beach. Having been on a few gulf beaches I can not imagin why someone who dains themself to be rich and amoung the elite would do that. Most likely it will be off to shop.

Weekend is over, they will return to the whitehouse, repack and head off to Martha’s Vinyard for another vacation in the land of “if you have to ask how much, you can not afford it”. Too bad it will keep them from being around for Randles birthday celebration.

There is still three weeks left in summer so where to next? It then came to me that he should visti Bill Gates! Being the narcissist that he is, what could be better than walking into room and seeing all the art change to suit him and all the TV’s flipping to “The View” or his favorite sports channel. He can then go back to the Whie House and save or create some new jobs to give it the “Gates” treatment.

Franklyn on July 31, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Birthday Bash.

But I say the Monster Mash. The Monster Mash.

It was a graveyard smash.

Oh where have you been my blue-eyed son?

I`ve been out *conning folks and having great fun

Uh . . . in the sun . . . uh . . . .

And then on dunghill did sun shineth, or something like that from the great Bard.

My apologies. Anyway Rangel stinks to high heaven and I can only wonder why the turkey vultures and crows have not descended upon him.

*http://www.thefreedictionary.com/conning

Sherman1864 on July 31, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Most transparent Congress in history just means they don’t have to hide their lies and corruption because the American people are subjects and have no purpose but at election time. Then they present the kool-aid and the voters will swallow their swill like thirsty peasants. Remember their arrogance in NOvember.

volsense on July 31, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Hope the next time they celebrate this thugs birthday it is a prison.

Wade on July 31, 2010 at 8:46 PM

What a cesspool.

Kissmygrits on August 1, 2010 at 10:49 AM