NEW YORK (AP) — Congressman Charles Rangel of New York plans to run for re-election in 2012 despite his conviction on several House ethics charges.
The Democrat and dean of the state's congressional delegation filed a statement of candidacy this week with the Federal Election Commission.
Spokesman Bob Liff says Rangel did so to begin fundraising.
Rangel was convicted of 11 ethics violations. They include failure to pay some taxes and using congressional resources to raise money for an academic center bearing his name. He was censured by the House last year; that's the most serious congressional penalty short of expulsion.
Rangel cruised to re-election last year after winning a crowded Democratic primary in September.
The 80-year-old Rangel has spoken of his age, leading some to believe he would not run again.
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