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Vern and the millionaire's amendment



The race to succeed Katherine Harris has suddenly become one of the hottest Congressional races in the country, with Democrat Christine Jennings apparently having a real shot against Vern Buchanan in the strongly Republican district. A key question: Will Buchanan reach more heavily into his own pocket and kick into play the McCain-Feingold "millionaire's amendment?" That would allow Jennings to take in much bigger checks.

Buchanan, taping an interview today for Sunday's "Political Connections" on Bay News 9, said he wouldn't discuss such strategy questions. Some Democrats whisper that Buchanan has already reached that threshold and will pay a fine later, rather than file the required notice now and help Jennings. But Buchanan's treasuer is Nancy Watkins, a stickler for following the rules, so that doesn't ring true.

Meanwhile, Buchanan has replaced his former media consultant, Adam Goodman of Tampa, with Virginia-based Stevens, Reed, Curcio and Potholm. The campaign says Goodman remains a consultant for Buchanan.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:48pm]


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