Yesterday, Congressman Vern Buchanan’s (FL-13) ethical woes continued to deepen as the House Ethics Committee announced that they will officially continue investigating Nation Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) Finance Vice-Chairman Vern Buchanan.
Last month, the FEC said that Buchanan “more likely than not” violated federal election law for an “extensive and ongoing” campaign finance scheme to reimburse employees who contributed to his campaign.
“Almost each week, there’s a new revelation about Vern Buchanan’s potential criminal activities” said Stephanie Formas of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She added:
House Ethics Committee Continuing Their Investigation of Buchanan. “The House Ethics Committee is investigating whether Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) violated federal law and House rules by failing in his financial disclosures to report his positions in 17 entities.
the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) Voted Unanimously to Recommend Buchanan Cases to House Ethics. In October 2011, the Board of OCE unanimously voted to recommend the case to the Committee on Ethics. [Office of Congressional Ethics Review No. 11-9366 Page 1, 10/28/11]
Buchanan Failed to Disclosure a Total of 17 Reportable Positions. “Financial disclosure statements that Representative Buchanan filed form 2008 to 2011 (covering calendar years 2007-2010) do not include the positions that he held with these companies.
OCE Found that There Was Substantial Reason to Believe That Buchanan Violated Law. The Office on Congressional Ethics “board finds that there is substantial reason to believe that Representatives Buchanan violated House Rule 26 and the Ethics in Government Act when he failed to report on his financial disclosure statements for calendar years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010;
- reportable positions he held with certain companies and organizations
- unearned income he received from certain companies.” [Office of Congressional Ethics Review No. 11-9366 Page 3, 10/28/11]
FEC Said that Buchanan “More Likely Than Not” Violated Federal Election Laws. The Federal Election’s Commission’s “investigation went back to 2005, when Buchanan began his first campaign for the 13th Congressional District. Former employees for some of Buchanan’s car dealerships alleged they were pressured to donate to Buchanan’s campaign and were later reimbursed.
FEC says Rep. Buchanan’s Former Hyundai Firm Engaged in An “Extensive and Ongoing Scheme.” “The Federal Election Commission is asking a federal court to impose a $67,900 fine on a company formerly co-owned by Rep. Vern Buchanan that it says engaged in an ‘extensive and ongoing scheme’ to reimburse employees who made contributions to the Sarasota Republican’s congressional campaign.” [Bradenton Herald, 5/31/11]
CREW lists Buchanan as one of the most corrupt congressman is Washington:
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