Campaign 2010

Jan 07, 2011

The Truth About Representative David Rivera…A Shady Record of Lies and Cover-ups

Recent Miami Herald and Associated Press investigations reveal the latest in a series of lies and distortions from Representative David Rivera (FL-25) which try to cover up his scandal-plagued behavior and shady financial dealings. The state attorney’s office is investigating secret payments to a company tied to Rivera from a company poised to benefit from a campaign Rivera led to bring Las Vegas-style slot machines to the area. Rivera attempted to claim a newly-disclosed loan from his mother’s company in response to the investigation but it was uncovered that this loan was disclosed one day prior to news of the investigation becoming public.


“It’s the cover-up that will get you. Representative David Rivera’s record of cover ups, lies and distortions has grown into a rap sheet of his very own,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Voters expected that Representative Rivera raised his right hand to take the oath and be sworn into Congress, but his oath won’t mean much as voters learn how many times he’s lied to covered his own tracks. It’s now a pattern of shady dealings, questionable cover ups and lies about his finances that South Florida voters have a right to worry about.”


David Rivera: A Record of Lies and Distortions To Cover Scandals


  • INVESTIGATED FOR SECRET GAMBLING PAYMENTS: Caught trying to cover up a secret loan and secret payments currently under investigation. Last month, the Miami Herald reported that: “The Miami-Dade state attorney's office is investigating more than $500,000 in secret payments from the owners of the Flagler Dog Track to a company tied to Congressman-elect David Rivera.” This week, Rivera admitted receiving $132,000 in undisclosed loans from a company co-owned by his mother -- a company now under criminal investigation over secret payments from the Flagler Dog Track during its campaign to bring slot machines to Miami-Dade pari-mutuels. Then it turned out that the disclosure of these loans was filed one day before The Miami Herald published a lengthy article reporting the existence of an investigation by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office.”  [Miami Herald, 12/16/10, 1/3/11; Associated Press, 1/4/11]


  • HIDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ALLGEGATIONS: In an investigative report, the Miami Herald discredited Rivera story surrounding past domestic violence allegations.  The paper discovered that David Rivera did in fact had ties the victim in question despite his denials. [Miami Herald, 8/19/10]


  • VIOLENT COVERUPS: CBS 4 Miami discredited David Rivera’s account of what took place in a traffic accident where a truck carrying literature from a rival campaign was driven off the road.  The station reported that police reports contradicted Rivera’s story about his role in the 2002 accident.  In the incident, a truck carrying flyers from a rival campaign, detailing the alleged domestic violence charges, en route to a post office was driven off the road by David Rivera.   [CBS 4 Miami, 8/17/10]


  • HIDDEN FINANCES: Rivera previously lied about foreclosure proceedings on a home he co-owns with Marco Rubio.  Rivera “denied that a bank began foreclosure proceedings on a house he owned with former House Speaker Marco Rubio even though property and foreclosure records clearly showed he did co-own the home.” [CBS 4 Miami, 8/17/10]


  • LYING ABOUT JOB HISTORY: David Rivera has been lying about his job history and income sources.  “Over the past seven years, Republican state Rep. David Rivera repeatedly said in sworn documents that his main source of income, outside of his salary from the Legislature, came from consulting work he did for the U.S. Agency for International Development. But USAID has no record of ever hiring Rivera -- now a candidate for Congress -- or his company. [Miami Herald, 10/13/10]