Rangel, who chairs the House's top tax-writing body, is under investigation by the House Ethics committee in connection with a slew of financial improprieties. One of those is that he and other lawmakers took trips to the Caribbean that were sponsored by corporate lobbyists. The trips were officially organized by a group called the Carib News Foundation, and may have violated a Congressional ban on corporate-funded travel.
Rangel has frequently been a keynote speaker at an annual Caribbean business conference, organized by Karl Rodney, the Jamaican-born businessman who founded the Carib News, a newspaper catering to Caribbean immigrants in the U.S.
It's not clear whether Rangel is embracing the honor. A spokesman declined to comment to TPMmuckraker, saying that the office might or might not issue an official statement later this evening.