House Ethics Committee Will Investigate Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)

A statement released this evening by the House Ethics Committee’s chairman and ranking member reveals that the panel has decided to investigate allegations against Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL). Buchanan has been accused of encouraging a business partner to file a false affidavit related to illegal campaign contributions. The statement says that to gather more facts, “the Committee will review the matter.” Last night, a Tampa Bay television station aired a story highlighting these and other ethical allegations against the third-term Congressman. Despite Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s promised “zero-tolerance” policy on ethical scandals, Buchanan continues to serve on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.