Publicly Challenged, Washington Post Reveals Rangel’s Letters On Official Letterhead

Just a day after Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) challenged the Washington Post to produce the letters he’d allegedly written on official stationary seeking cash for the academic center bearing his name, the newspaper has come through — posting four such missives on their website.

Rangel uses his congressional letterhead and says he wants to “schedule a meeting” to talk about the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service. The letters don’t explicitly state that he is seeking money.

They include:

* March 2007 letter requesting a meeting with David Rockefeller; the Rockefeller Brothers Fund donated $50,000 to CCNY

* March 2007 letter requesting meeting with Maurice R. “Hank” Greenberg, chairman of C.V. Starr Foundation; the foundation donated $5 million to CCNY

* March 2007 letter requesting a meeting with Donald Trump; Trump has not donated to the project

* June 2005 letter to about 100 foundation leaders seeking “a dialogue with you on the funding of the Rangel Center concept in the coming weeks and months.” The letter helped generate contributions totaling more than $1.6 million from four foundations.