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Democrats target Rivera, Buchanan

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said it began robo calls today in several districts where lawmakers have encountered questions over campaign finances or other ethics problems. In Florida, Reps. David Rivera of Miami and Vern Buchanan of Sarasota get the treatment.

"Hi, this is Clare calling on behalf of the DCCC. Did you know Congressman David Rivera received over one hundred thousand dollars in secret payments from his mother's company? The Miami-Dade Police Department's Public Corruption Bureau and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating Congressman Rivera for it," reads the script, which also recounts an episode involving Rivera chasing down a truck that carried campaign material from his opponent.

The Buchanan attack focuses on money employees at an auto business he used to own contributed to his campaign, drawing FEC attention. PolitiFact Florida recently looked at a similar claim and found it's not as clear-cut as Democrats suggest.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 9:47am]


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