Rep. Vern Buchanan is still the chief fundraiser for House Republicans — even though his own campaign’s fundraising broke just about every law on the books.
The Florida Republican’s former business partner and several former employees of his car dealerships have testified that the congressman forced employees to contribute to his campaigns, and used corporate funds to reimburse them.
To cover up his scheme, Rep. Buchanan allegedly tried to make his business partner sign a false affidavit in exchange for $2.9 million.
Rep. Buchanan is also accused of misusing his corporate resources to benefit his campaigns, tax evasion, and lying on his personal financial disclosure forms.
- Three-term member of Congress from Florida’s 13th district
- Set up an illegal reimbursement scheme through his car dealerships and tried to force an associate to lie about the scheme in exchange for cash
- Previously named to CREW’s Most Corrupt in 2008, 2009, and 2011
- One of three members of Florida named to CREW’s Most Corrupt
- Appeared in CREW's Family Affair exposé