Rep. Vern Buchanan slow to reveal refund of disputed contributions
On Oct. 17, two weeks before the November election, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan refunded $5,000 in contributions made by five former employees — one of whom had claimed that he and others were pressured to donate to Buchanan in violation of federal law.
But voters never knew about the refunds. It was not until March — four months after the Sarasota Republican won a third term — that the ex-employees' names finally showed up on a report that Buchanan's campaign filed with the Federal Elections Commission.
Buchanan, a multimillionaire car dealer, has been dogged by allegations of illegal contributions since he first ran for Congress in 2005-06. (story here)