Monday, October 03, 2011

Rep. David Rivera's fundraising down in wake of ethics, criminal probes


Multiple criminal investigations have slammed the brakes on Rep. David Rivera’s (R-Fla.) fundraising efforts as members of the House Republican leadership have distanced themselves from the embattled freshman.
The FBI, IRS, Miami-Dade police public corruption unit, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are all investigating Rivera over allegations that he abused his former seat in Florida’s state House of Representatives for personal financial gain, and repeatedly lied on financial disclosure forms.
Rivera’s office has denied any wrongdoing and a spokesperson for the Rivera for Congress campaign told The Hill the lawmaker has no concerns over his ability to raise money for the 2012 election and that he is planning to begin actively fundraising next year when Florida finalizes its redistricting.


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