The U.S. House Ethics Committee voted unanimously today – by a 9-0 vote – to dismiss allegations raised against U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, on personal finance ethics violations.
The committee did find that the Congressman had committed errors on his financial disclosure statements, but it ruled that these were not major enough to warrant punishment.
“In fact, between 30% and 50% of all Financial Disclosure Statements reviewed by the Committee each year contain errors or omissions,” reads a letter announcing the decision. “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.
“Representative Buchanan has now corrected the errors and omissions in his Financial Disclosure Statements by his subsequent amendments. Therefore, no further action by the Committee is warranted and the Committee considers the matter closed.”
“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 U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., the chairman of the committee, and U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on it, in a joint statement issued Tuesday.