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Will this Congressman be running his re-election campaign from jail?

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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…

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…

Sam Kazran took his detailed allegations to the Federal Elections Commission, which was already looking into Buchanan’s campaign finances. Investigators there wanted to know not only about how the cash-swap scheme was set up, but if the congressman knew about it…Kazran says there is no question the congressman knew all about it…

During the FEC probe, Buchanan pushed to settle a lawsuit Kazran had brought against him. At the last minute, with a $2.9 million settlement offer from Buchanan dangling in front of him, Kazran says he was given an affidavit to sign…

Kazran says Buchanan and his team were trying to force him to lie about Buchanan’s role in the campaign cash scheme in exchange for the nearly $3 million cash settlement, money which Kazran says he desperately needed, as his finances were in trouble and his wife was suffering from cancer and was undergoing expensive medical treatments…

Now a full House ethics committee is looking into it. CNN has also learned that the FBI is conducting its own investigation.

In addition, the Office of Congressional Ethics also found “substantial reason to believe” that Buchanan failed to disclose unearned income on his financial disclosure forms from 2007 to 2010…

On Friday, lawyers for Buchanan filed a legal motion in Sarasota, Florida, to seal all documents in the Kazran case and to stop Kazran and his lawyers from speaking publicly about it.

So – Will this Congressman be running his re-election campaign from jail? We can only hope.

While I think today’s Republicans have a definite edge in the hypocrisy competition – by virtue of their holiest of Christian crusades and loyalty to the epoch of ignorance extending backwards from the 19th Century to the 14th Century – they haven’t a market corner on corruption.

This story could have been written about a Congress-thug from either wing of the TweedleDeeDum Party. And given our bought-and-paid-for Supreme Court, the questions may become irrelevant as they continue their dedication to the open purchase of elections.

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Written by Ed Campbell

June 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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  1. What do you want to bet the whistleblower, Sam Kazran, is the one who goes to jail?

    Michelle Meaders

    June 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm


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