Marco Rubio

Controversies

Marco Rubio Controversies & ScandalsDisplaying 5 Items
  • Senator Marco Rubio appears to have broken Senate ethics rules after he solicited campaign donations on Federal property. Mr. Rubio was being interviewed by Fox News' Neil Cavuto from the Russell Senate Office Building when he directly appealed for his supporters to go to his campaign website and donate funds to his campaign. This direct appeal is in violation of Senate ethics rules that prohibit any member from "receiv[ing] or solicit[ing] campaign contributions in any federal building."
  • The Senate campaign of Florida Republican Marco Rubio has agreed to pay an $8,000 fine for accepting slightly more than $210,000 in improper contributions.
  • During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio frequently repeated a compelling version of his family’s history that had special resonance in South Florida. He was the “son of exiles,” he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after “a thug,” Fidel Castro, took power. But a review of documents — including naturalization papers and other official records — reveals that the Florida Republican’s account embellishes the facts. The documents show that Rubio’s parents came to the United States and were admitted for permanent residence more than two-and-a-half years before Castro’s forces overthrew the Cuban government and took power on New Year’s Day 1959.
  • After gaining a spot on a 9/11 committee. Rubio skipped nearly half of the meetings, more than any of his colleagues. He missed hours of expert testimony and was absent for more than 20 votes, prompting concern for the committee's chairman.
  • U.S Senator Marco Rubio wrote a letter to the Florida Real Estate Commission on behalf of his brother-in-law who was convicted of trafficking millions of dollars worth in cocaine.