Vern Buchanan cleared by House Ethics Committee

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The House Ethics Committee, in a unanimous bipartisan vote, has dismissed allegations about Rep. Vern Buchanan’s personal financial disclosure statements.  The 9-0 vote is the second major investigation to repudiate false allegations made against Congressman Buchanan.

The committee found no violations in the filing of Buchanan’s disclosure reports that were later amended.  “The Committee found no evidence that the errors were knowing or willful and unanimously determined that the errors were not substantively different from the hundreds or thousands of errors corrected by amendment at the requirement of the Committee every year,” said the report unanimously adopted by the bipartisan House Committee on Ethics.

Buchanan said he was pleased with the committee’s action but not surprised, noting that many Congressmen and Senators routinely amend their reports due to inadvertent omissions.

The committee report said that “between 30% and 50% of all Financial Disclosure Statements reviewed by the Committee each year contain errors or omissions.  Such errors and omissions are not uncommon and are typically corrected through amendments to Financial Disclosure Statements, and do not involve any further Committee action.”

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