A former business partner admits that he, not U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, was responsible for improperly reimbursing employees for contributions they made to Buchanan's campaigns.
Under a consent judgement announced Tuesday, a federal court in Jacksonville found that Sam Kazran committed “non-knowing and non-willful” violations when he reimbursed employees of a Jacksonville car dealership he co-owned with Buchanan a total of $67,900 for contributions they made to Buchanan’s congressional campaigns in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
As part of the settlement, Kazran will pay the FEC civil penalties totaling $11,000.
“Defendant Kazran does not admit liability but has entered into this consent judgement to avoid the costs and risks of further litigation,” the consent judgement states.
Read more, including a comment from Buchanan's attorney, here.
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