FEC closes case against U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan
The Federal Election Commission has closed its case against U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan and will take no action against the Sarasota Republican over allegations he knowingly accepted illegal campaign contributions.
However, "this matter is still open with respect to other respondents,'' the FEC said, which means that Buchanan's campaign committee and some of his car dealerships could still be subject to action.
In 2008, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, and Carlo Bell, former finance manager for Buchanan's Venice Nissan Dodge, filed a complaint alleging that Bell and other employees had been illegally reimbursed in 2005 for contributing $1,000 each to Buchanan's first congressional campaign.
The FEC's investigation broadened to include allegations that employees of a Jacksonville dealership in which Buchanan was then part owner also were improperly reimbursed.