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Rep. Buchanan also among most corrupt members, group says



New_Congress_CAP128 Not only is Rep. Vern Buchanan one of the richest members of Congress - he’s also one of the 15 most corrupt, according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.


For the second year running, CREW named the Sarasota Republican to its list because of allegations that employees of his auto dealerships were pressured to make campaign contributions and that corporate resources were improperly used for campaign purposes, as the St. Petersburg Times has recently reported.

Buchanan is the only Floridian to make the list, which includes Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, whose ethics issues stem from an affair with a campaign , and Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., appointed to fill President Barack Obama’s Senate seat under controversial circumstances.

"CREW is a partisan front group whose false and absurd complaint already has been discredited in the press,” said Sally Tibbetts, a Buchanan spokeswoman. “The congressman's policy is to fully comply with all FEC guidelines.
-- Susan Taylor Martin

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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