Feds investigate Fla rep's campaign contributions

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Posted: Oct 18, 2011 9:38 PM
Feds investigate Fla rep's campaign contributions

The Justice Department is investigating whether a three-term Florida congressman broke campaign finance laws.

Justice is looking into whether Rep. Vern Buchanan directed a former business partner at a Jacksonville auto dealership to reimburse employees for political contributions to his campaign.

The Sarasota Republican's campaign said in a statement Tuesday that it expected the investigation and is confident he and staffers will be cleared. The Federal Election Commission cleared the campaign earlier this year.

Following a recommendation from the FEC, a federal court last week fined the now-defunct Hyundai of North Jacksonville nearly $68,000 for improperly reimbursing workers who contributed to the Buchanan's campaign from 2005 to 2007. Buchanan was partial owner of the dealership from 2004 to 2008.

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Company owner Sam Kazran says he was acting on Buchanan's directions.