June 23rd, 2012, 07:00 PM #1
Powerful congressman accused of campaign finance violations
Powerful congressman accused of campaign finance violations - CNN.com
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Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan, a self-made Florida millionaire, is only in his third term in Congress, but he already is in charge of fundraising for the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, and he sits on the powerful House Ways and Means committee.
But all that could be jeopardized. Federal investigations underway could result in Buchanan serving his next term behind bars.
CNN has confirmed there are no fewer than four congressional and federal investigations into Buchanan's business practices, his campaign finances and his alleged attempt to try to stop a witness from talking.
Now that witness is stepping forward in an exclusive interview with CNN. Buchanan's former business partner says the congressman schemed to launder money from his car dealerships into his campaign coffers, and then tried to get others to cover it up.
Such a BAD Boy.
Sucks when you get caught..
Maybe he could bunk up w/ Sandusky. Oh My........................
Last edited by pickel; June 23rd, 2012 at 07:08 PM.
June 23rd, 2012, 07:33 PM #2
Could be a false accusation too. Innocent until proven guilty, remember.
June 23rd, 2012, 07:52 PM #3
June 23rd, 2012, 08:12 PM #4
Hmm. Ya know, if we outlawed private contributions and forced all candidates to use a tax financed slush fund, this would not have happened.Good job, friend-of-friends!
June 23rd, 2012, 09:19 PM #5
If it walks like a politician, sounds like a politician, and breaks laws like a politician . . . it is a politician breaking campaign finance laws!
Innocent until proven guilty . . .
This is a politician we're talking about whir . . . he's guilty!
June 23rd, 2012, 09:21 PM #6
June 23rd, 2012, 11:08 PM #7
I never said he didn't do it. I simply outlined an alternative explanation and how we are supposed to do things in the US. If we don't want politicians to be above the law, then we have to treat them equally where the judicial process is concerned.
It's hard to be a fair-minded American in this day and age.
June 23rd, 2012, 11:12 PM #8
June 23rd, 2012, 11:14 PM #9
June 24th, 2012, 01:41 PM #10
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Well, compared to this it's a mere bagatelle:One-hundred-thirty members of Congress or their families have traded stocks collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars in companies lobbying on bills that came before their committees, a practice that is permitted under current ethics rules, a Washington Post analysis has found.
The lawmakers bought and sold a total of between $85 million and $218 million in 323 companies registered to lobby on legislation that appeared before them, according to an examination of all 45,000 individual congressional stock transactions contained in computerized financial disclosure data from 2007 to 2010.
Almost one in every eight trades — 5,531 — intersected with legislation. The 130 lawmakers traded stocks or bonds in companies as bills passed through their committees or while Congress was still considering the legislation. The party affiliation of the lawmakers was almost evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, 68 to 62.In judging a two-person singing contest, never award the prize to the second soprano having heard only the first.
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June 24th, 2012, 03:06 PM #11
You'd think they would have to place their money in an independently operated trust fund. That would prohibit them from trading and avoid even the appearence of collusion. But I suppose that makes too much sense?Good job, friend-of-friends!
June 24th, 2012, 04:06 PM #12
The present US congress sure does look a lot like the Roman congress directly before they self-destructed.
June 24th, 2012, 07:31 PM #13
All hail Caesar!
I wonder what our Rubicon moment will be, then?Good job, friend-of-friends!
June 24th, 2012, 08:55 PM #14
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