02/24/2012 12:29 am ET

Vern Buchanan, GOP Fund-Raiser, Faces Inquiries Into His Taxes And Races

Last year, House Republican leaders tapped an up-and-coming Florida lawmaker, Representative Vern Buchanan, to lead the party’s fund-raising for candidates nationwide, a crucial part of their efforts to keep control of the House in November.

The drive has already paid dividends in surging donations. Now, however, Mr. Buchanan’s golden touch in raising money could prove as much a hindrance as an asset, as a thicket of questions surrounding his own Florida campaigns is threatening to distract from the Republicans’ national finance operation.

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