Here's a little clip of Rubio in October of last year not answering questions about his compadre David Riviera, who was under investigation by the FBI for illegal campaign contributions:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/01/3029805/amid-fbi-probe-gop-prepares-for.htmlAmid FBI probe, GOP prepares for Rivera indictment, loss and future successors
Republicans are so worried about bad poll numbers and a federal grand jury investigation into Rep. David Rivera that they’re starting to think about who will run in 2014. Even Sen. Marco Rubio
is keeping his distance.
Sen. Marco Rubio opts to get rained on instead of answer questions about investigations into his friend, Rep. David Rivera
BY MANNY GARCIA AND MARC CAPUTO
Bracing for embattled U.S. Rep. David Rivera to be indicted or lose his election, Republicans have started lining up potential successors to regain the seat in 2014 if the congressman’s Democrat opponent defeats him in November.
The pressure has been building for about a month, but it boiled over last week after a series of stories by The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald documented that a candidate suspected of illegal campaign activities linked to Rivera has turned on the congressman.
For the past week, a group of Miami Republicans began mulling possible future candidates, who might even challenge Rivera in 2014 should he win the election in November.
Leading the list: Jeb Bush Jr.
, son and namesake of the popular former governor, and state Sen. Anitere Flores. Other names include Marili Cancio, a lawyer who challenged Rivera in the 2010 GOP primary; former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, who’s running for state House, and Miami-Dade School Board Member Carlos Curbelo.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/01/3029805/amid-fbi-probe-gop-prepares-for.html#storylink=cpyRiviera lost his seat to Dem. Joe Garcia in the last election.
--------------Of course, Rubio had his own criminal probe in 2010,
"...A spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Florida, Katie Betta, said she could not confirm the investigation nor make any comments. Coming in a high-stakes election year, the investigation could expose the inner-workings of a party that has dominated state government and raked in millions of dollars from lobbyists and special interests.
Meanwhile, in a separate inquiry, the IRS is also looking at the tax records of at least three former party credit card holders — former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio
, ex-state party chairman Jim Greer and ex-party executive director Delmar Johnson — to determine whether they misused their party credit cards for personal expenses, according to a source familiar with the preliminary inquiry..."
-----------------Rubio fined for taking improper donations
The Federal Election Commission has fined Sen. Marco Rubio $8,000 for accepting more than $210,000 in improper contributions during his 2010 run for the Senate.
In a negotiated settlement finalized last month but only publicly released now, Marco Rubio
for Senate acknowledged taking in more than $210,000 in “prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions” during his Senate campaign and failing to refund or “redesignate” the funds within the allowed time frame.
Even after an internal audit, the Rubio campaign failed to identify more than $83,000 in improper or incorrectly characterized contributions, according to a March 19 agreement between the campaign and the FEC.
An FEC review showed that the improper donations came from more than 100 individuals, and in two cases, the campaign accepted corporate contributions, which are illegal. Marco Rubio for Senate also accepted nearly $26,000 for the primary race even after the primary election was already over.
Rubio raised nearly $21 million for his 2010 Senate race, FEC records show, and the improper contributions – while large overall – represent only a fraction of what Rubio raised during the campaign.
Rubio is viewed as a leading candidate for the GOP vice presidential nomination this year, and any action by the FEC – even a relatively minor one like Friday’s announcement – is likely to bring renewed scrutiny to the Florida Republican.
A spokesman for Rubio could not be reached immediately for comment.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75702.html#ixzz2j80BXk9C
WEB ONLY// FEATURES » FEBRUARY 14, 2011Marco Rubio’s Prison Problem
As the FBI investigates $120 million in subsidies for a new private prison in Florida, the new U.S. senator could end up in the hot seat over close ties to prison operator Geo Group.
BY BEAU HODAI
investigations into members of the Florida Republican Party, as well into party donors, have resulted in multiple indictments.
This article is excerpted from a longer investigation, the full text of which is available at Beau Hodai's website, DBA Press.
On January 5, newly elected U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
(R-Fla.) was sworn into office in Washington D.C. But the former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives has some unfinished business back home.Rubio–as well as other state GOP lawmakers and party contributors–are currently the likely subjects of multiple wide-ranging state and federal investigations conducted by the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) into improper use of credit cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida, as well as tax evasion and improper budgetary appropriations.
Some of the legislative actions reportedly being investigated by federal authorities are those that led to the development of the state’s largest private prison, the Blackwater River Correctional Facility (CF), which opened its gates for operation in November 2010. The prison was designed and is operated by Florida-based Geo Group, the nation’s second-largest private prison operator.
To date, investigations into members of the Florida Republican Party, as well into party donors, have resulted in multiple indictments. On November 2, 2010- election day–federal investigators subpoenaed the party’s financial records.Perhaps the most notable individual charged to date is former Rep. Ray Sansom (R-Destin), who while serving as Rubio’s budget chief inserted language into the Florida’s 2008-2009 budget for what was to become Blackwater CF.
While Sansom has not yet been indicted or officially charged with any wrongdoing in relation to Blackwater prison’s development, in February 2010, while serving as successor to Speaker Rubio, he resigned amid criminal and ethics investigations. Sansom allegedly falsified the 2007-2008 budget by inserting a $6 million appropriation for the construction of an aircraft hangar for Jay Odom, a Destin businessman and prominent Florida Republican Party contributor.
Indicted on charges of lying to a grand jury, official misconduct, grand theft and conspiracy in relation to the Odom case, Sansom is currently awaiting trial.
Geo’s PAC spending
On March 30, 2010, Elva McCaig, a nurse employed at the Florida Department of Corrections’ (FDOC) Santa Rosa Correctional Institute, and treasurer of Nurses Behind the Gate, a prison nurse advocacy group, wrote a letter addressed to U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Thomas Kirwin and State Attorney for Florida’s Second Judicial District Willie Meggs.
The letter laid out McCaig’s concerns that the development of Blackwater CF was yet another legislatively-mandated handout to yet another prominent Florida Republican Party contributor, Geo Group. Geo consistently reports annual revenue in excess of one billion dollars–all of which it earns through state, county and federal contracts for the detention of both criminal offenders and immigrant detainees.
Indeed, Geo is a top Florida Republican Party contributor; through two political action committees (PACs), Florida Geo Group, Inc. PAC and Geo Group, Inc. PAC, the corporation gave $85,000 to the Republican Party of Florida from 2006 through 2009, along with tens of thousands of dollars in additional contributions to other state Republican Party PACs and campaigns of individual Republican candidates.
It is also worth noting that from 2005 through 2010, Geo, through its PACs, dispensed an additional $15,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, an additional $32,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and an additional $10,000 over 2009 and 2010 directly to the Marco Rubio
for U.S. Senate PAC.
Geo’s PAC spending, however, is not the limit of their appreciation shown to Rubio
.On September 13, 2010, several top Geo corporate executives, along with Geo lobbyists and subcontractors, gave a total of $33,500 in individual contributions to the Florida Victory Committee, a PAC created for the benefit of three other PACS: Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Republican Party of Florida. In addition, Geo Chief Executive Officer and founder George Zoley gave Rubio a further $4,800 in personal contributions over the course of 2009 and 2010–half of which Zoley gave to the Rubio campaign on September 13, 2010–putting his own personal disbursements to the Rubio campaign for that single day at $7,400.
McCaig’s letter apparently contained enough salient information that it sparked the interest of federal investigators. According to multiple sources in the area, during the summer of 2010 federal investigators began making house calls in Santa Rosa County (home of Blackwater CF) and around the capitol buildings of Tallahassee, asking questions about the origins of Blackwater.
FBI spokesman Special Agent Jeff Westcott declined to either confirm or deny reports of the bureau’s interest in Blackwater.
For the rest of this article, visit Beau Hodai’s website: DBA Press.