David Rivera, Vern Buchanan Among 2011's "Most Corrupt Members of Congress"

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Rep. Vern Buchanan (left) and Rep. David Rivera were named a couple of the most corrupt congressmen.
In the seventh edition of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's listing of the most corrupt members of Congress, two Florida congressmen managed to earn a spot on the list.

Those two Florida representatives would be Miami-based Rep. David Rivera and Rep. Vern Buchanan of Sarasota -- both members of the Republican Party.

"CREW's seventh report on congressional corruption names 19 members of Congress -- 14 members whose actions violated the law or who otherwise engaged in serious misconduct, and five others whose lack of regard for the rules earned them a dishonorable mention," the announcement says. "The 2010 midterm elections swept in a large freshman class, but certainly didn't produce more ethical conduct. A startling 14 of the 19 members on the list are new to it this year, and six of those members are also new to Congress."

Both Rivera and Buchanan were part of the 14-member list CREW says "violated the law or who otherwise engaged in serious misconduct," and Rivera counts as one of those aforementioned congressional freshmen.

Buchanan, however, qualifies this year as a "repeat offender" in CREW's list.

"Witness tampering, obstruction of justice, and bribery are all in a day's work for the ethically challenged Rep. Vern Buchanan," CREW says.

The Sarasota congressman orchestrated an elaborate scheme that forced his employees to contribute to his campaign, ensuring they would be illegally reimbursed with corporate money.

Doubling down on the criminal behavior, he attempted to bribe a former business partner with almost $3 million in hush money in a clumsy attempt to cover up the conspiracy. 

In CREW's ten-page report on Buchanan, it claims four unethical schemes from Buchanan -- pressuring partners and employees into donating to his campaign, reimbursing them for those donations, coercing one of his partners to sign a false affidavit, and improperly using his corporate resources for his campaign.

As for Rivera, the organization says, "Multiple agencies on both the state and federal level are actively investigating the Miami member for a whole host of shady schemes that have lined his personal pockets, enriched his friends and family, and shown a total disregard for the truth."

Rivera's report delves into his role in a pro-gambling campaign, the misreporting of his income on disclosure forms, the shady use of his campaign funds, and ties to an ex-lobbyist.

Our sister paper to the south, Miami New Times, has also been chronicling the ongoing controversies surrounding Rivera.

Of course, CREW notes, several members of Congress didn't make the list since they bailed out -- like former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner and former Oregon Rep. David Wu.

"Members of Congress should stop offering pious speeches about the importance of ethics while failing to reform the toothless ethics process and rein in the influence of special interests," CREW says.

Read the organization's entire report on the most corrupt members of Congress here.


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Van Hire UK
Van Hire UK

This article is interesting. The 2010 midterm elections swept in a large freshman class, but certainly didn't produce more ethical conduct.

Doutful
Doutful

as far as Rep. Vern Buchanan is concerned, AND his accusers I know both of them. I would not put it past Vern But knowing his accuser also I find it hard to believe. I would trust Vern about 10% more than the accuser

twas
twas

A lot of us are with ya Chaz.......you got them running scared like Bob used to.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Hey Todd.

How goes it with that tax deed sale?  Looks like you didn't come up with that $100K.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

John Boehner:  Worked an entire day once --and drove home--without visitng a tavern.

Sarah Palin:  Worked an entire day once and had a coherent thought.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

George W. Bush:  Once choked on a pretzel in the privacy of his Texas ranch, while watching football on television...alone.

Governor Chris Christie:  Once ate a television.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Allen West:   Has this recurring (wet) dream that he is caucasian and his name is Vern.

Chaz's Momma
Chaz's Momma

Give me a date range that you like and I will be happy to continue the never ending Dem Crime list within your date range.

Chaz's Momma
Chaz's Momma

No Spaz, it was your terrorist threats being brought to the attention of the powers that be, that got your sorry ass tossed out.Somebody went out of their way to expose you!

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Expose me?  Hahaha.  So apparently you've been intently studying the DBHA, digging into their records, doing PRRs, conferring with HUD and other Governmental experts?

Funny that, as I don't bump into you.

See chum, what I do requires *real effort*.  Real honest to goodness effort.  Not cutting and pasting.

Effort that includes critical thinking.

But, enough about your shortcomings, let's talk about me.

Make you a bet.  When things go south for the DBHA, you'll stop being such a cunt and reveal your identity.  How about that tough girl? 

Yeah, I didn't think so either.

Anyway, what I do, and that is hold governmental officials accountable, stands on its own...  With or without you.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Yeah twat.

I am calling you out...

Come out and do something with your life...

Chaz's Momma
Chaz's Momma

Are you calling me out Spaz? LOL, talk about an internet tough guy.You are a joke boy. Now go pose with your special tax stamp weapons and threaten to kill some more people. Oh, and from what I read about you, maybe you will go beat up another girl or two.Have a nice day pillow biter.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

I love you man.  You are the quintessential (look it up) Internet Tough Guy!

Props to you!

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Jesus Christ.  Pissed off the Romans and Jews.  Got lynched.

Barney Rubble, caught banging Wilma, run over by Fred's feet powered car.

Myth Seizure
Myth Seizure

Translation:  "I'm too fucking lazy to back up my opinions."

Chocolate Senior
Chocolate Senior

It seems as though the message of the author was lost in the desire to score points, i.e. how many Democrat indiscretions can you find. Check out the list, it has members of both parties on it. But, as a Floridian, you should be most concerned about your representatives.  It should not matter whether you are a Dem, Rep, Ind, Green, or Tea Party follower, we should not tolerate criminal behavior or unethical acts by any politician. We deserve better and should vote these embarassments out of office. No excuses for party, get better candidates and get rid of those bums.  As for the Republican criminals there are 200+ on this link, http://www.republicanoffenders... and that is only through 2008.  It is obvious that some of the new freshmen congresspeople are having trouble controlling themselves when exposed to power and lobbyists with sacks of money. Vote them out.

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