FEC fines 3 men, 2 companies for illegal contributions to Rep. Vern Buchanan
The Federal Election Commission has fined three men and two Tampa companies a total of $16,000 for illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota.
The FEC's case was prompted by a 2009 Tampa Bay Times story about contributions made in the name of Terry Keith Howell, a registered Democrat who was bankrupt when he gave $8,800 to Buchanan.
The money actually came from Howell's business partners in violation of a federal law that bans third-party contributions. More here.