Another Corrupt Republican Bites the Dust ?

Breaking News 2011/02/07 17:47:45
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Politico reported this morning on how the ethical troubles of Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, are affecting his relationship with the House GOP caucus in Washington. Neither Majority Leader Cantor nor Speaker Boehner have said anything publicly since Rivera is still under investigation by Florida law enforcement, but quietly, they are frustrated and even planning for his replacement:

Boehner has yet to comment on the allegations involving Rivera, yet behind the scenes, GOP insiders already are drawing contingency plans for a replacement should the freshman lawmaker resign or be forced to step aside, according to multiple Republican sources.

In addition, there is anger and frustration at Rivera in GOP leadership circles. Rivera is described by Republicans as being “less than candid” or “not forthcoming” about his ethics problems in conversations with leadership aides and campaign operatives, and they have been surprised on several occasions as new allegations surface.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is currently investigating a loans-for-slots scheme, in which
Rivera received $137,000 in loans from a company co-owned by his mother that received payments from Flagler Dog Track as it was campaigning the legislature to allow slot machines when Rivera was a state representative, first reported by The Miami Herald. The probe has expanded
to other payments he made as a state representative to his mother’s company, Millennium Marketing, and a defunct company co-owned by a top aide’s daugher.

Rep. Rivera won a first term in a heavily Republican Miami district last November despite a history of ethics problems. He falsified claims on his state financial disclosure forms that he had worked as a contractor for USAID. He was forced to amend the forms to reflect that he had not, and questions arose over other sources of income beyond his $30,000 salary as a state representative. He also faced allegations that he had run a truck containing an opponent’s flyers off the Palmetto Expressway in a 2002 campaign.


This investigation has now been expanded to include lobbyists paid by the GOP:

MIAMI -- While U.S. Rep. David Rivera was chairman of the Miami-Dade GOP,
the Republican party made record payments with little explanation to a political consultant with whom he had close ties.

The Miami Herald reports shortly before the 2010 election, the party paid $150,000 to the firm of lobbyist Esther Nuhfer. She also helped oversee Rivera's campaign finances during his race for Congress.

The payments were the largest the party had made in six years to a consultant and were made without a contract. Political parties must keep expense records and
generally keep detailed ones for auditors, GOP leaders say.

Rivera was a state representative before winning his congressional seat in November. He is facing a criminal investigation into his finances.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/02/07/2054848/lobbyist-connec...

It appears Boehner and the GOP are sweating this one and it could bring down more members of the GOP that were involved in authorizing payments to lobbyists!

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  • captkirk999 2011/02/09 23:24:07
    Rivera is corrupt...
    Why am I not surprised
  • luvguins 2011/02/08 05:21:10
    Rivera is corrupt...
    Hope they nail him. Another Repub behaving badly.
  • #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT... 2011/02/08 04:48:13
    Rivera is corrupt...
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    From where I'm sitting he sure looks like a corrupt politician. To quote the many Republicans I've heard it from here on SH:

    If it walks like a duck & talks like a duck, it must be a duck--quack quack!

    ive heard sh walks duck talks duck duck--quack quack If it walks like a duck   talks like a duck  it must be a duck
  • JCD aka "biz" 2011/02/07 21:04:59
    Rivera is corrupt...
    JCD aka "biz"
    Sounds bad.
  • carolynb 2011/02/07 20:20:20
    Rivera is corrupt...
    I have to give him a little credit though. At least he isnt involved with chasing little boys, or trying to pick up men in a restroom, or paying for prostitution like the rest of the republicans have done.
  • abycinnamon BN-1 2011/02/07 18:02:49
    Rivera is corrupt...
    abycinnamon BN-1
    Sounds pretty damning to me.
  • Breakin... abycinn... 2011/02/07 18:05:57
    Breaking News
    Lets hope that investigation catches more than just Rivera!
  • abycinn... Breakin... 2011/02/07 18:12:32
    abycinnamon BN-1

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