Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), besieged with financial scandals during the 110th Congress, issued a letter to supporters and reporters yesterday defending himself and hitting back at a story that suggested the longtime congressman channeled excessive amounts of campaign cash to his son's website management business.

Politico reported on Thursday that Rangel had paid nearly $80,000 to his son's business to manage and promote two of Rangel's political websites.

"As far as the recent smears against my son Steven," Rangel wrote, "a Marine Corps veteran who earned his law degree with the help of the G.I. Bill and a former FCC attorney, I don

Dear Friend:

Earlier this year a series of newspaper articles raised questions about my personal finances and living arrangements