Schweikert to Mitchell: “Return The Money, Harry!”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2008
Contact: Lauren C. Barnett

Mitchell Called On To Return Charlie Rangel’s $28,000 – House Ethics Committee Forming Investigative Panel

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – In response to news that the House Ethics Committee is forming an investigative panel into Rep. Charles B. Rangel’s (D-NY) tax scandal, David Schweikert is calling on Rep. Harry Mitchell to return Rangel’s campaign donations.

 “Apparently, Charlie Rangel forgot to pay his taxes, but remembered to give Harry Mitchell $28,000” said spokeswoman Lauren C. Barnett. 

“If Harry Mitchell truly believes in ethical reform, he should return the money.  It’s never too late to do the right thing,” said David Schweikert

In 2006 and 2008, Rangel’s congressional committee[i] contributed a total of $8,000 to Harry Mitchell’s campaign. Rangel’s political action committee also contributed a sum of $20,000[ii] to the Mitchell campaign coffers.

Recently, Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) returned his campaign contributions to Rangel.

Barnett continued, “It is troubling that Harry Mitchell voted 1 week ago to block a House ethics investigation and against removing Rangel from the powerful Ways and Means Committee.”[iii]

“The fact that Mitchell refuses to return the tainted money is further evidence Mitchell is incapable of reforming Washington.  Money for his re-election is apparently more important than being an independent voice for the people of Arizona’s 5th Congressional District,” said Barnett.

Barnett concluded, “We need to elect true reformers, like David Schweikert, to Congress.”

As he did in the Arizona legislature, David Schweikert will push for real reform to restore integrity and honor to Congress.

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