Subsequently, Rep. Buchanan pressured Mr. Kazran to raise more money for the campaign.
When Mr. Kazran said he did not have the money to do so, Rep. Buchananresponded: “Well,don’t you have somebody at the dealership you can trust? Just run it throughthe corporation.”
Mr. Kazran believed Rep. Buchanan was instructing him “to have someonewrite the check personally and then give them back the money through the corporation.”
Corroborating Mr. Kazran’s story, Josh Farid, another HNJ executive and Mr. Kazran’s brother-in-law, testified he overheard a telephone conversation in which Rep. Buchanan told Mr. Kazranto have his employees contribute to the campaign and reimburse them for their contributionswith dealership funds.
In addition, HNJ’s controller said Mr. Kazran told her to make acontribution to Rep. Buchanan and reimburse herself for it from HNJ funds immediately after Mr. Kazran told Rep. Buchanan on the phone, “Vern, I’ll handle it now.”
Mr. Kazran said hetold her HNJ would be getting the money back from Rep. Buchanan.
Inall, HNJ reimbursed its employees for $67,900 in contributions to Rep. Buchanan’s campaign.
Mr. Kazran testified further he was “very confident” Rep. Buchanan also told his other partners to engage in reimbur sement schemes, and personally observed one conversation inwhich Rep. Buchanan did so.
According to Mr. Kazran, at one partnership meeting Rep.Buchanan approached his company’s chief operating officer, Dennis Slater, and told him “Ihaven’t gotten your check yet.”
When Mr. Slater responded he was “hopingto take a pass,”Rep. Buchanan said, “Don’t worry. You know you’re going to get it back.”
Vern Buchanan for Congress, FEC Form 3, 2005 October Quarterly Report, October 14,2005.
Kazran Deposition, at 13.
Mr. Kazran recounted Rep. Buchanan’s instructions to find people he could trust and run their reimbursementsthrough the corporation several times in his deposition.
at 21 (“I instructed [employees] to write a check and reimburse themselves for [it] – because Mr. Buchanan had asked me to get money. And he specifically told me getsomeone you trust and run it though the corporation.”);
. at 32 (“And he said to me, he says, Get somebody youtrust and get the money out of the corporation.”);
(“He had asked me to get money, I told him, I said, I thoughtyou said I’m maxed out? I’ve already given you that money. And he said, Well, just get somebody you trust and run it through the corporation.”);
at 36 (“And when I told him that I don’t have it, he says, Well, get somebodyyou trust and run it through the corporation.”);
at 37 (“And I said, You already told me I can’t give any money.He says, Don’t you have somebody, like your brother or someone you trust that you can get to write a check for me?. . . Run it through the corporation.”);
at 72 (“He said get somebody you trust, run it through the corporation.”).Mr. Kazran made the same allegations to the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Office of Congressional Ethics,112th Congress,
, Review No. 11-7565, January 12, 2012, at 18 (OCE Report).
Kazran Deposition, at 14;
see also id.
General Counsel’s Brief, at 17-18;
OCE Report, at 19; Virginia Chamlee, More Former BuchananEmployees Speak Out About Pressure To Donate, Reimbursement Scheme,
, August 5, 2011.Mr. Farid also told the
he was present when Rep. Buchanan was “talking to [Mr. Kazran] aboutraising money and the campaign contributions,” and told him “‘[y]ou can get that money reimbursed through thedealership.’”
Mr. Kazran also said Mr. Farid was with him when Rep. Buchanan discussed this reimbursementscheme, Kazran Deposition, at 13, 32, but Mr. Farid told the FEC his understanding about it came from subsequentconversations he had with Mr. Kazran, Federal Election Commission, MUR No. 6054, General Counsel’s Report #9,at 7-8, January 25, 2011 (General Counsel’s Report #9).
General Counsel’s Brief, at 18.
Kazran Deposition, at 22.
General Counsel’s Brief, at 23.
Kazran Deposition, at 14.
see also id.