Rangel gave to Democrats in Minnesota

New York Congressman Charlie Rangel, who faces an ethics trial in the coming months, has given $92 thousand to Minnesota Democrats through his campaign for Congress or his National Leadership PAC since 2000.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz received $21,000 from Rangel’s campaign and PAC in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Richard Carlbom, with Walz for Congress, says Walz gave the $21,000 to several Minnesota based veterans charities earlier this year.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison received $7,000 in 2006 from Rangel’s leadership PAC.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum received $5,000 in 2000 from Rangel’s leadership PAC. Update: McCollum’s political director, Will Blauvelt sent along this statement:

“Rep. McCollum has received no contribution from Mr. Rangel’s political committees since serving in Congress. Campaign contributions received a decade ago were spent during the 2000 election.”

DFL Sen. Al Franken received $10,000 from Rangel’s leadership PAC. Update: Casey Aden-Wansbury, A spokeswoman for Sen. Franken, issued this statement:

“All donations made during the 2008 campaign cycle were spent in that cycle. Going forward, Senator Franken will not take money from Mr. Rangel or anyone else who is the subject of an Ethics Committee trial.”

DFLer Ashwin Madia, who lost to Republican Erik Paulsen in 2008, received $49,538 from three different funds tied to Rangel.

Madia’s campaign fund is now closed.

I contacted officials representing Ellison, McCollum and Franken to see if they plan to do anything with the money but haven’t yet received a response.

  • Don’t hold your breath waiting for McCollum to get back to you. If she does, it will probably be a form letter discussing Obamacare.