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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-12 09:07 PM
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FEC fines Marco Rubio $8,000
Source: Tampa Bay Times

The FEC has fined Marco Rubio's campaign $8,000 for "receiving prohibited, excessive, and other impermissible" donations during the 2010 Senate race.

Contributions totaled $210,173 and the campaign "did not refund, reattribute, or redesignate these contributions within the appropriate timeframes," the FEC said in a settlement first reported tonight by Politico.

Documents on the FEC website show a settlement was reached in March but details were just made public. Rubio's sharp rise, from long shot to tea party super star, resulted in waves of donations from across the country.

But the FEC found problems even after the campaign was notified.

Read more:

After a bit of lag time, let's hope it's just getting cranked up on Mr. Rubio.

There is a truckload of very low hanging fruit, just waiting to be picked clean.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-29-12 02:56 AM
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1. An $8000 fine for accepting over $210,000 worth of illegal donations?
Wow. I hope he doesn't file an Eighth Amendment claim.
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-30-12 01:28 PM
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2. $8,000 fine for Rubio was not first from FEC (Another prior from January, 2012)
Do tell.

Mr. Fiscal Responsibility sure has a pitted history of financial mismanagement, while he preaches fiscal responsibility for the rest of us.

Alex Leary at Tampa Bay's The Buzz reports:

April 30, 2012

The $8,000 fine the FEC slapped Sen. Marco Rubio with was not his campaign's first violation. In January, the campaign paid a $1,360 fine for failing to disclose a number of campaign contributions made within 48 hours of the 2010 general election.

The FEC had said Rubio failed to disclose 36 contributions totaling $92,440 and proposed a $9,904 fine. But the campaign contested that, and the FEC agreed only six contributions were not disclosed as required. (Those contributions are in the jump.)

A few days earlier, before the 48 hour window, Rubio's campaign got a flood of money from contributors and corporate PACs, including $5,000 each from Exxon Mobil, Geo Group and Las Vegas Sands Corp. PAC.


When will the national media finally decide to vet this con artist?

OK, we'll help. Here are a few issues to examine:

Examine the $135,000 home equity loan Rubio obtained from a politically connected bank, and somehow "forgot" to disclose on his campaign financial forms. The bank's board of directors was populated with Rubio supporters.

Examine the nearly $110,000 that Rubio spent on personal expenses with the GOP American Express Card (for business expense use only). Rubio has fought tooth and nail to hide his credit card statements during this period from public scrutiny. The Republican leadership in the Florida legislature has circled the wagons around Rubio.

We're looking forward to the Jim Greer trial this summer, where all of this deceit will be exposed.

Examine Rubio's double-billing the state of Florida for plane tickets, when he was House Speaker.

Examine the secretive deal that former House Speaker Rubio quietly engineered through the Legislature to create the lavish 'Taj Mahal' courthouse for his buddies.

This overripe Ruby-oh Red fruit dangles ready to pick.

Who ya gonna blame now, Rubio?

You're entangled in quite a self-enriching political web. And now, it's time to pay the piper.

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