Congressman Charles Ranger Case Study

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Joseph Willis
Professor Herman

Congressional Ethics
Congressman Charles Ranger was one of the most powerful members of congress. That was until in 2010 when he was found guilt of eleven counts of ethics violations. One of the ethics violations that he was convicted of was failing to disclose over $600,000 in assets. He stated that an apartment in New York was being used as his campaign office but in fact he was using it as residential apartment. The issue here is that he did not have to pay rent because it was disclosed as an office. He also had a location in the Dominican republic that he was renting out and failed to disclosed the earnings of that location as one of his assets.

Another ethics issues that
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A vote for censure was 333 in favor to 79 again the punishment. Censure is one of the most severe punishments one can receive for these crimes, and only expulsion is more severe. Randle then pleaded for mercy but that vote failed 267-146. What he did affects the trust of the people on the House of Representatives because it shows that they can be bought and also hides assets and income and makes us pay for their luxuries. I agree with the decision because used taxpayer money to fund his New York apartment and there are people who can’t even afford an apartment. I also disagree because no one should get away with crimes like this that normal Americans would be prosecuted …show more content…
The reason that this is such a factor is because states write there on rules for a candidate making the ballot. They often write the ballot rules to allow only two parties to dominate the ballots, and often as know this is likely to be the Republicans and Democrats. This gives the third party candidates a disadvantage because they lose these states even before the election has begun. Some of the states with the worst ballot restrictions are, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, West Virginia, Minnesota, Maryland, and Massachusetts. ( ) Out of the 50 states 8 of them restrict the ballots and rarely ever let a third party candidate onto their ballots for president.

Another major thing that causes third party candidates trouble is the lack of media coverage. The media is something that helps to boost a candidate and since third party candidates are often to attract less ratings they are often left out of the media’s thoughts. This causes a lot of trouble for them because they aren’t receiving the publicity that the main candidates who are republican and democratic. One of the most popular things that the media uses to talk about the main candidates is how they will fare against the other main

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