Scandal-Tainted Moises Perez Named Rangel's Campaign Manager Updated April 11, 2012 1:56pm
Congressman Charlie Rangel and Moisés Pérez from the Alianza Dominicana before Pérez took a leave of absence in 2010. Pérez resigned his post as of March 16, 2011. (ramonanibaltv.blogspot.com)
Pérez, the former head of the Washington Heights-based Alianza Dominicana community development nonprofit, resigned last year following a city investigation into the group's financing that discovered improper transactions between Pérez, Alianza and a company that lends money to nonprofit organizations.
Rangel was criticized at the time after it came to light that he had funnelled $2.6 million in taxpayer money to Alianza through a grant from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, which he later defended as supporting a lifeline for Dominican-Americans in Upper Manhattan.
In his first public appearance since early February following a back injury, Rep. Charles Rangel used a walker to enter the room and sat in an office chair for the entire event but said he was still up to facing the toughest election challenger he has faced during his four decades in office. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)
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