NEW WEBSITE: Floridians for a Fair Shake Launches Effort to Find Vern Buchanan’s New Multi-Million Dollar Yacht
$500 Prize Awarded to First Floridian to Spot Vern’s Yacht
SARASOTA — Today, Floridians for a Fair Shake is launching a new website aimed at finding the multi-million dollar yacht Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-16) bought just hours after voting to cut his own taxes.
“Congressman Vern Buchanan voted to give himself a multi-million dollar tax break and then bought a new yacht, all while Floridians face cuts to their Medicare and Medicaid due to his actions,” said Stephen Gaskill, Communications Director of Floridians for a Fair Shake. “Buchanan’s yacht purchase is the embodiment of the GOP tax bill: he is one of the millionaires and billionaires who are lining their pockets while working families see wages stagnate or decline. We’re looking forward to Floridians finding Vern’s Yacht and exposing another consequence of this tax scam.”
The website—VernsYacht.com—allows users to upload photos of Vern’s Yacht for the opportunity to earn a $500 cash prize, and is part of a larger campaign to showcase how the GOP tax law overwhelmingly benefits the 1 percent, while hard-working Americans are seeing no real wage increases.
“To help participants get inspired on their search for Vern’s Yacht, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of nautical-themed songs,” Gaskill said.
Rep. Buchanan has faced continued backlash for his purchase of the yacht, which happened just hours after he voted to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans—including himself, as he is estimated to save millions of dollars from the tax bill.
A few days after the report, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report changed its rating for the FL-16 race towards Democrats, citing his purchase of the yacht as one of the reasons.