Ethics Committee extends Vern Buchanan investigation
The U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Ethics has decided to extend its investigation into Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla. According to a statement released today, the matter was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics on February 9, 2012.
The statement, in full, from the Committee on Ethics:
Pursuant to House Rule XI, Clause 3(a)(8)(A) and Committee Rules 17A(b)(1)(A) and 17A(c)(I), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics have jointly decided to extend the matter regarding Representative Vern Buchanan, which was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics on February 9, 2012.
The Committee notes that the mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.
The Committee will announce its course of action in this matter on or before Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
Buchanan has been the subject of more than one investigation in recent years.
In 2009, the Federal Election Commission charged that Buchanan’s former business partner, Sam Kazran, and a dealership the two once co-owned had violated campaign laws by using funds from the company “to reimburse [dealership] employees, Kazran’s business partners, their family members and Kazran’s relatives for $67,900 in contributions to Buchanan’s 2006 and 2008 Congressional campaigns.”
Though Buchanan was never charged in the case, the FEC report reveals that many at the agency had doubts about his innocence. Both the Department of Justice and the Office of Congressional Ethics also launched investigations into the matter.
Last month, the details of an ethics investigation into discrepancies on Buchanan’s 2008-2011 financial disclosures were made public. According to its report, the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations after finding “substantial reason to believe that Representative Buchanan violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law” during the course of its investigation.
big ol houses in the ATL eh?ya okay in all acatiluty most of the racket performers don’t even get paid the big bucks to buy these bentleys, big ol houses in the ATL, and hoz that you talk about, it’s the producers and companies and labels that they are signed with who can truly afford that stuff. most of those things are given or rented to them to help promote the fab lifestyle that the media and everyone else expects them to have (and of course drive up sales for the products that they are flashing around the streets and tv, it’s practically free/cheap publicity) think back to Redman’s Crib episode on MTV years back, prime example right there, these artist are pretty much broke and will remain broke unless they have another hustle that will actually pay them which is why you see the smart one dabbling in different arenas like promoting pepsi, vitamin water, sprite, perfume, cologne, clothing lines, shoe’s, getting into movies and tv or producing music and getting record labels of your own that’s where the money’s at, going on tour and featuring in other people’s songs, why do you think lil wayne stays on everybody’s ish? he’s getting paid! and not chump change either, about 80 grand a song, if he likes the song, if he don’t like the song he charges 100 grand or more i believe, now that’s a smart dude and ya, white kids lap it up, along with pretty much every other race i’m sure, but that’s besides the point