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  Fla. rep [David Rivera] failed to explain thousands in expenses
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Last EditedTX DEM  Jan 28, 2011 03:18pm
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News DateFriday, January 28, 2011 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFreshman U.S. Rep. David Rivera, who is facing a state criminal investigation of his finances, paid himself more than $60,000 in unexplained campaign reimbursements over the eight years he served in the state legislature, an Associated Press examination of his records shows.

Serving as his own campaign treasurer, the Miami Republican didn't report any details for more than a third of the roughly $160,000 in expenses for which he reimbursed himself, other than simply calling them campaign expenses, according to the records.

The AP review also shows his total reimbursements far exceeded those claimed by 12 other top Florida state legislators who served with him. Those lawmakers — both Democrats and Republicans — usually gave at least some explanation of how the money had been spent, as required by Florida law. Rivera denies wrongdoing.

The payments mark the latest questionable financial dealings by Rivera, whose personal and campaign finances are being investigated by state and local authorities. Rivera's woes have drawn attention from the U.S. House's Republican leaders, who say they are monitoring the situation.

Responding to questions about the unexplained payments, Rivera insists he followed state and federal law and never took money that wasn't a legitimate reimbursement. It would be against state law to divert campaign donations to personal use.
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