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Rahm Emanuel's Rent-Free Use of Capitol Hill Townhouse. Laws Require him to disclose this and he didn't, what are your thoughts?

February 17, 2009
Pressure is building on Barack Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel surrounding his failure to pay taxes (and disclose on congressional ethics forms) on his rent-free use of a Capitol Hill townhouse.Emanuel is a multimillionaire, but lived for the last five years for free in the tony Capitol Hill townhouse owned by [Rep. Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.)] and her husband, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg. During that time, he also served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee -- which gave Greenberg huge polling contracts. It paid Greenberg's firm $239,996 in 2006 and $317,775 in 2008. (Emanuel's own campaign committee has also paid Greenberg more than $50,000 since 2004.) ...Emanuel never declared the substantial gift of free rent on any of his financial-disclosure forms. Some experts suggest that it was also taxable income: Over five years, the free rent could easily add up to 100k

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:36 AM on Feb. 21, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (16)

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:37 AM on Feb. 21, 2009

  • we already been over this one...

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:38 AM on Feb. 21, 2009

  • And this surprises you because....????????????

    Answer by foreverb3 at 10:43 AM on Feb. 21, 2009

  • My thoughts are that he is a typical politician.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 10:47 AM on Feb. 21, 2009

  • This guy is a typical Chicago politician, his boss doesn't feel the need to disclose anything, his boss appoints folks that refuse to disclose anything, why NOT him. THAT would be change! =D Great transparency NObama promised and has brought to the government and his staff!!


    Answer by blessed5x at 10:50 AM on Feb. 21, 2009

  • That transparency talk was spouted from Obama's mouth just to try and collect more votes.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:01 AM on Feb. 21, 2009

  • Doesn't surprise me in the least!

    Nor does this story: I wonder how much Allen gave to the Democratic causes?

    Different day, same "transparency!"




    Answer by LoriKeet at 11:04 AM on Feb. 21, 2009

  • Let's look at Obama's campaign promises

     Transparency, Responsibility, Accountability

    Now, which one of these have been followed through 100% since "O" took office?  None...  Interesting...  Rahm is yet another foreshadowing of what this administration will be full of..


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:08 AM on Feb. 21, 2009

  • Lori, there you go with your fancy links to facts and such. Why can't you just adopt the 'wait and see' mentality?

    I have to say, what I have heard about Rahm doesn't really paint him in a good light.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:19 AM on Feb. 21, 2009

  • I think that if he were a republican he would be ripped to pieces, but because he was appointed by "The Great One", the whole thing will blow over, kind of like no harm no foul!


    Answer by Julia0331 at 11:57 AM on Feb. 21, 2009

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