Buchanan touts commercial success in bid for Ways and Means slot

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Buchanan has a slight seniority lead after serving on ways and means for a dozen years; he came with Adrian Smith but is technically ahead because his last name comes first in the alphabet.

Buchanan points to his experience as a senior GOP member of five of the six Ways and Means subcommittees. And he put up big fundraising numbers to support the Republican push to take control of the House.

Buchanan has raised $3.1 million for the Republican National Congressional Committee so far this cycle, his campaign said this week. He announced that he also sent $439,000 from his fundraising vehicles directly to Republican members and candidates.

Some of Buchanan’s most significant individual contributions this cycle have come from Fort Myers, Fla.-based oncologist Daniel Dosoretz and his wife, Celia. Other major recent donors include David Millstone and David Winter, co-CEOs of New York-based Standard Industries Inc., an industrial conglomerate that bills itself as the world’s largest maker of roofing and waterproofing, and Jeff Blau, New York CEO. property developer related companies.

Buchanan’s biggest career contributors, according to OpenSecrets.org, include the Benderson family, owners of Sarasota-based real estate firm Benderson Development LLC; Publix Super Markets, a supermarket chain founded in Florida; retailer Bealls Inc., based in the Buchanan District; and Juno Beach, Fla.-based Next Era Energy Inc., one of the nation’s largest electric utilities.

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