Representative Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., left, retrieves his jacket from his SUV as he arrives at a Sarasota residence for a fundraiser for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) hosted by Buchanan on Saturday. (MCT Photo/Brian Blanco)
From Erika Bolstad, the Bradenton Herald's correspondent in Washington, D.C.:
Democrats are doubling down on their criticism of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, who faces investigations by the IRS, the FBI, the House Ethics Committee, and recently saw a Federal Elections Commission inquiry come to a close.
They're singling out the Florida Republican's participation this past weekend in a fundraiser with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who traveled to Sarasota for an event in an exclusive neighborhood.
The Florida Democratic Party released a web video entitled "Will The GOP Stand with Buchanan?" It's made up mostly of news clips about the investigation.
One of the richest members of Congress, Buchanan heads up fundraising for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Its aim is to hold onto the GOP majority in the House of Representatives.
Buchanan, who represents mostly Sarasota and Manatee counties in Congress, called in some of his own local donors to help Boehner raise money for House Republicans running this year. The fundraiser is something of an annual tradition for the two -- Boehner appeared last year at a fundraiser at the same home to help raise money for Buchanan's reelection.Read Bolstad's report on Boehner's visit to Sarasota here.