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Release all of Marco Rubio's AmEx statements, Mike Fasano tells state GOP



Fasano State Sen. Mike Fasano, a longtime Charlie Crist supporter, wants the state GOP to release fuller records detailing Marco Rubio's use of a party charge card. Rubio had an American Express from 2005 to 2008, but records are only available from November 2006 to 2008.

"This is my party, the Republican Party, and they have a responsibility to show everything, not just partial," Fasano said. "Let’s put everything out on the table."

Fasano said he reacted after party chairman John Thrasher commented over the weekend about a completed audit of spending by party leaders. Thrasher declined to release the audit but floated the possibility that the party could sue Crist for misused funds. The implication is that ex-chairman Jim Greer made charges that benefited the governor, now running as an independent for U.S. Senate against Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

"If the party is going to lash out at one individual, let's make sure everyone is included who used credit cards along the way," Fasano said. "Chairman Thrasher knows there’s a lot more to the story with Marco Rubio, and they’re not telling it."

The RPOF audit only covers the time when Greer was in charge, when leaders assert spending was out of control, so Rubio's prior records were not part of the review.

Thrasher said the audit revealed no wrongdoing by Rubio, who has said he covered all personal expenses charged to the credit card, which included more than $10,000 in hotel rooms for a family reunion and a $133.75 bill at Churchill's barber in Miami.

But Fasano, who maintains a 572 political committee backing Crist in the Senate race, says the limited records give a limited understanding. Rubio oversaw the House GOP election effort in 2006 and would have traveled the state. "Where are those records?" Fasano asked. "Did he never use the credit card? I suggest he did."

An RPOF spokeswoman could not be reached this afternoon, though we'll update this blog when/if she responds.


[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 5:28pm]


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