Congress member Vern Buchanan denies involvement in illegal campaign finance strategies listen03/29/13 Janelle Irwin
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Florida member of Congress Vern Buchanan claims he played no role in illegal campaign finance activity that directly benefited him. After a tax reform panel Friday Buchanan downplayed continued allegations that people are breaking laws to fund his campaigns.
Several friends and acquaintances of Buchanan have been accused of reimbursing their employees for campaign contributions benefiting the four-term member of Congress. Itâ€™s called Conduit Contributions and itâ€™s illegal.
â€œI think we raise a lot of money. If some people donâ€™t quite do it right, we canâ€™t police everything. We probably raised $13 million over the last four elections and itâ€™s a very small, minute part of our campaign. Our goal is, if someone doesnâ€™t get it right we try to address it when it comes up.â€
The Tampa Bay Times reported this week that the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington rejected Buchananâ€™s claim of ignorance.
â€œI think the person that wrote that is a dimwit personally. But the bottom line is, Iâ€™ve created 5,000 jobs â€“ you know [for] a blue collar kid I think Iâ€™ve done pretty well in America.â€