Despite mounting evidence of ethical lapses and criminal investigations, Marco Rubio continues to support Rivera. The two are longtime allies, and Rubio continues to defend Rivera, saying he supported the Congressman despite the charges. Now, in the final days of Rivera’s campaign, Rubio has recorded robo-calls in favor of Rivera, putting his own reputation on the line. Also worth noting, Marco Rubio is a key Romney surrogate in Florida, was vetted as a potential VP pick, and has actively campaigning for Romney.
Since 2006, Florida Rep. David Rivera has been the subject of five different investigations for alleged ethical violations, including money laundering, tax evasion, and funding a fake primary challenge against his likely Democratic opponent. We don’t think this behavior is appropriate for a member of Congress. Do you?
Hugh Cochran, Political Data Vendor, Claimed Rivera Hired Him To Help Campaign Of “Shadow” Democratic Candidate, Lamar Sternad. According to the Miami Herald, “Fueled with $43,000 in secret money, Republican Rep. David Rivera helped run a shadow campaign that might have broken federal laws in last week’s Democratic primary against his political nemesis Joe Garcia, according to campaign sources and finance records.
Miami Herald: Rivera Was Nearly Charged With Money Laundering Campaign Contributions To His Personal Bank Account. According to the Miami Herald, “Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had waded through piles of credit-card receipts and banking records, tracing thousands of dollars from Rivera’s political campaigns to his personal accounts. Miami-Dade prosecutors were preparing a ‘draft’ complaint charging the Republican congressman with 52 counts of theft, money laundering and racketeering.
In 2008, while a Florida State representative, David Rivera was accused of receiving secret payments from a dog track for campaign work done through his mother’s company, Millenium Marketing. Rivera was alleged to have used Millennium Marketing as an intermediary to funnel payments for his work. The tactic resulted in an IRS investigation for possible tax evasion for failure to pay taxes on the contract.