David Rivera

Former Republican U.S. Respresentative from Florida

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  • Republican Romney leads old guard in condemnation of Trump as 'a fraud'Thu Mar 03, 2016 | reuters.com
    Former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a blistering rebuke of 2016 Republican front-runner Donald Drumpf on Thursday, leading an attempt by the party...
  • How Dynasties Sank the GOP and the DemocratsSun Feb 28, 2016 | politico.com
    No matter what happens on Super Tuesday, it’s clear who the real losers will be on election night: The Democratic and Republican parties. An election season that began as a...
  • Jeb Bush Dropping Out: Inside His $150 Million FailureSat Feb 20, 2016 | politico.com
    Jeb Bush, the Republican establishment’s last, best hope, began his 2016 campaign rationally enough, with a painstakingly collated operational blueprint his team called,...
  • Jeb Bush, the Un-candidateTue Feb 09, 2016 | politico.com
    Jeb Bush banned me from the bus. It was October 2014, two months before Jeb would announce he was exploring a run for president, and I had come to west Texas as an...
  • The Cowardice of the Republican CandidatesMon Nov 30, 2015 | theatlantic.com
    Give Donald Trump this: He has taught Americans something about the candidates he’s running against. He has exposed many of them as political cowards. In August, after...
  • How Donald Trump Broke Jeb BushMon Nov 30, 2015 | thedailybeast.com
    In jujutsu, one uses an opponent’s weight against him. And, in the version most often seen in politics, a candidate turns his opponent’s strength into a weakness. In...
  • The Page Who Took Down the GOPFri Nov 20, 2015 | politico.com
    In the middle of October I was sitting on my couch in Washington and heard a familiar name come up on CNN: Dennis Hastert. “Prosecutors have charged Hastert with lying to...
  • The sad state of Jeb Bush's presidential bid, in one graphicTue Nov 10, 2015 | vox.com
    Jeb Bush's presidential run is going so badly that people don't even know if he's running. At least that's what the Google data says: With the fourth Republican debate...
David Rivera Scandals & Controversies
  • The Florida Commission on Ethics has hit GOP Rep. David Rivera with 11 counts for allegedly violating state rules during his tenure in the Florida Legislature. Phony campaigns, dog track payments to family, illegal income, and misuse of campaign funds are a few of the ethics violations on the list.
  • Fueled with $43,000 in secret money, Republican Rep. David Rivera helped run a shadow campaign that might have broken federal laws in last week’s Democratic primary against his political nemesis Joe Garcia, according to campaign sources and finance records.
  • Federal investigators have opened a second criminal probe of U.S. Rep. David Rivera, examining undisclosed payments from a Miami gambling enterprise to a company tied to the Republican congressman. The investigation is focusing on a $1 million consulting contract.
  • David Rivera, after dropping out of the Florida's state Senate race, is now be investigated for spending tens of thousands of dollars in 'thank you' money to his supporters. Those "thank you campaign" dollars to ACH are being scrutinized as part of a criminal investigation of the Republican representative's personal and campaign accounts by the Miami-Dade police and prosecutors.
  • Rivera was involved in a traffic collision with a truck carrying thousands of fliers, produced by Rivera's campaign opponent in 2002, that included a last-minute attack on Rivera's character and detailed past domestic violence accusations against him. According to reports filed by the Florida Highway Patrol, a car driven by Rivera hit the truck and forced it to the shoulder of the Palmetto Expressway, ten minutes before the truck's 6 p.m. deadline to deliver the fliers to the post office, preventing the fliers from being delivered in time to be mailed. Rivera has said that he had planned to meet up with the truck on an exit ramp off the Expressway so he could retrieve a batch of his own campaign fliers.
  • On October 13, 1994 a domestic abuse charge was filed in Miami-Dade County against one David M. Rivera. Rivera denies that he was the defendant in the 1994 domestic violence case, and the victim of the attack has maintained that David Rivera, the politician, was not the defendant in her case. The case file has been destroyed by the court (case files are retained for only 5 years,). The Miami Herald reported that according to a woman who is friendly with the victim's brother, Rivera and the victim came to her home as a couple to attend a dinner party about 10 years ago. The victim's mother also once worked on one of Rivera's political campaigns, records show.