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  Report Casts Harsh Light on Lawmaker’s [Vern Buchanan] Fund-Raising
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Last EditedRP  May 10, 2012 09:25am
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MediaNewspaper - New York Times
News DateWednesday, May 9, 2012 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCongressional ethics investigators concluded in a report released Wednesday that Representative Vern Buchanan, a Florida lawmaker who leads House Republican fund-raising operations nationwide, appeared to have tried to illegally influence the testimony of an ex-business partner regarding allegations of campaign finance violations in his own race.

The ethics investigators found that Mr. Buchanan, one of the richest members of Congress, tried to get his ex-partner to sign a legal affidavit that he knew to be false before he would agree to pay the partner a $2.9 million settlement in a business dispute. The affidavit wrongly asserted that Mr. Buchanan knew nothing of illegal contributions made to his campaign in 2006, the investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics found.

The release of the investigation and the ethics committee’s decision to continue examining the allegations escalate the political pressure on Mr. Buchanan and House Republicans.
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