Candidate Fails to Explain Tens-of-Thousand in "Reimbursements"

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - Campaign records show freshman Congressman David
Rivera paid himself nearly $60,000 in unexplained campaign reimbursements over the eight years he served in the state legislature.

The Cuban-American Republican from Miami didn't report any details for more than a third of the roughly $160,000 in expenses for which he reimbursed himself.

Rivera's reimbursements far exceeded those claimed by 12 other top Florida state legislators who served with him. The others -- both Democrats and Republicans -- usually gave some explanation of how the money had been spent. Rivera denies wrongdoing.

Rivera's campaign and other finances are already being investigated by state and local authorities.

It is against state law to divert campaign donations to personal use.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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