Campaign 2010

Mar 02, 2012

Boehner To Fundraise With Corrupt Fundraiser

Despite the Republican pledge of a “zero-tolerance policy” on ethics, tomorrow House Speaker John Boehner is fundraising with his ethically-challenged NRCC Finance Chairman Vern Buchanan, who is under federal investigations for his potentially illegal campaign finance schemes. Recently, The New York Times revealed that the federal investigations into Vern Buchanan’s potentially illegal campaign finance scheme are “widening” and “a federal grand jury in Tampa is hearing evidence in the case,” but Speaker Boehner doesn’t seem to care.

“The chance of Speaker Boehner following his ‘zero tolerance’ pledge on ethics violations is now zero,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Republicans have a campaign Finance Chairman who uses potentially illegal campaign finance tactics and is facing federal investigations but all Speaker Boehner wants is to fundraise off Congressman Buchanan’s network.”

Congressman Buchanan is under federal investigation for an “extensive and ongoing” campaign finance scheme to reimburse employees who contributed to his campaign.  In addition, the Office of Congressional Ethics found that there “is substantial reason to believe” Buchanan violated the law by failing to report his positions at over a dozen companies.

Background

Buchanan is Under Investigation by The FBI, IRS, Federal Grand Jury and the House Ethics Committee. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and a federal grand jury in Tampa are all investigating Vern Buchanan’s roll in schemes to reimburse his employees for contributions made to his congressional campaign. Additionally, the House Ethics Committee is examining Buchanan’s failing to disclose financial interests, income and management positions he held at 17 different businesses and organizations. [New York Times, 2/24/12]

Republican Insiders Claimed Boehner Had a “Zero Tolerance” Policy for Ethics and Legal Violations. “Yet GOP insiders also said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for lawmakers found to have violated ethical or legal standards.” [Politico, 1/27/12]

Florida Independent: FEC: Buchanan’s former dealership violated the law in an ‘extensive and ongoing scheme.’ “A federal court is imposing a $67,900 fine on a car dealership once owned by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, for what the Federal Election Commission calls an ‘extensive and ongoing scheme’ to funnel ‘secret, illegal contributions’ to Buchanan’s 2006 and 2008 campaigns.” [Florida Independent, 6/1/11]

Buchanan Heads the NRCC’s Fundraising Efforts.  NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions appointed Buchanan as the NRCC’s Finance Vice Chair on January 14, 2011. [NRCC Press Release, 1/14/2011]


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