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House ethics panel finds no wrongdoing by GOP Rep. Buchanan

The House Ethics Committee on Friday ended a four-year probe into Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida, finding no evidence that the lawmaker violated House rules.

The ethics panel said in a report that there is not enough evidence to conclude that Buchanan himself was aware of unlawful payments made by companies affiliated with him to reimburse campaign contributors. Still, the committee cautioned Buchanan to "exercise more diligence over affairs related to his campaign."

Buchanan, in his fifth term representing the Sarasota area, said in a statement that he was pleased the ethics committee had dismissed a campaign finance complaint dating back to 2008.

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