Marco Rubio still refuses to release his credit card statements and hides behind the Republican Party and their recent “audit” which “played down” any irregularities other than those of Charlie Crist and Jim Greer.
An ongoing federal investigation is likely the public’s only hope of ever learning the full picture of who benefitted from this corruption of Florida politics.
Rubio probably has a good reason to duck credit card disclosure. Another questionable expense from his past campaigns has surfaced, this time from 2002 when he faced no opposition.
From the Miami Herald:
Republican Senate nominee Marco Rubio spent heavily on four reelection campaigns as a state legislator, though he never faced a serious challenge.
Between 2000 and 2006, he shelled out about $676,451 for political consulting, television advertising and other routine campaign costs. He reimbursed himself about $11,436 for equipment, travel and meals. That’s also routine.
But one payment stands out: a $1,485.55 check cut on June 12, 2002, to “Marco Rubio Bank of America Auto Finance Corp.” for “auto expense,” according to public records. Rubio was leasing a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the time from the bank, said a top advisor to his Senate campaign, Todd Harris.
His advisor claims it was a routine reimbursement for travel-related expenses and mileage in particular for $1485.55 during 11 months of campaigning. A campaign where he had no opposition.
The Herald also points out that Rubio never asked for similar reimbursements for any of his other House campaigns.
Yet Rubio still refuses to release credit card statements from 2004 and 2005, leaving one to wonder why those particular statements, and what could possibly be in them? This from the candidate who presumes to lecture voters on fiscal responsibility, and holds himself out as the perfect example? Especially when there are so many instances that suggest Rubio is anything but a fiscal conservative:
- Rubio himself is under investigation by the IRS for his use of the Republican Party Of Florida credit cards.
- Rubio has a history of using the credit cards for personal expenses, most recently alleged home remodeling.
- Rubio continues to insist that tax cuts for the rich will cure everything that ails the country in spite of all evidence to the contrary.
- Rubio insists that repealing and replacing health care will help grow the economy.
- Claims that only the wealthiest among us can create jobs. Again, “Tax Cuts!”
- Rubio failed to disclose personal expenses used from contributions to inconspicuous political committees he controlled.
- Rubio was a referred to as a “hero” for his help securing funds for the $48 million “Taj Mahal” courthouse out of the State Workers Compensation Trust Fund.
- Faced foreclosure on a home he co-owned with troubled U.S. House Candidate David Rivera.
What could Marco Rubio possibly be hiding in those credit card statements he refuses to release? What is he hiding from 2004 and 2005?