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Powerful House Democrat Aided Flawed HUD Project

Developer got extra time for construction, then was convicted of bribery, money laundering, and racketeering.
Congressman James Clyburn addresses the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Congressman James Clyburn addresses the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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On Oct. 28, 2011, Representative James  Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, asked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to extend its deadline for completing a low-income housing project in his South Carolina district.

Congressmen often help projects in their districts. This one, however, was deeply flawed.