During Vern Buchanan's 2006 and 2008 campaigns, Terry Keith Howell was a partner in a trucking company with Tampa home builder Timothy Mobley, a longtime friend of Buchanan's, and Mobley's brother-in-law, Timothy Hohl. In testimony to the FEC, Howell said Mobley asked him to contribute to Buchanan, a member of the House transportation committee, because "the amount of favors he could do for us was enormous.''
Mobley and Hohl then gave Howell the money to use for his contributions through a chain of transfers that ended in Howell's personal bank account.
Under an agreement announced this week, Mobley and two of his companies will pay $10,000 in fines. Hohl will pay $5,000 and Howell $1,000.