Reviewing Rubio's personal balance sheet
Now that Gov. Charlie Crist's personal finances are back in public view, how about a peek at those of his U.S. Senate rival, former House Speaker Marco Rubio? The 38-year-old Rubio, a father of four, reports a net worth of $8,351 and is more than $900,000 in debt. He has two homes, one in Miami and one in Tallahassee. In 2008 he received $300,000 in salary from the law firm Broad & Cassel, $69,000 as a teacher at Florida International University and $45,000 as speaker. He still owes $115,000 in student loans.
Rubio also earned income in 2008 from Rubio Consulting, which he describes as a business and media consulting firm. The company's principal clients are Univision, a Spanish-language TV network, and Marin & Sons, a Miami consulting firm. Rubio added this notation to his financial disclosure form: "Marin & Sons retains Rubio Consulting to introduce their clients to potential business partners in the community. Rubio Consulting does not lobby before any governmental entity. Retainer began June 1 (2008), after last session in Florida House was concluded."
Marin, a Tallahassee lobbyist, is registered to represent five clients in the capital, including Independent Living Systems of Miami, whose lobbyists include Viviana Bovo, wife of state Rep. Esteban "Steve" Bovo, R-Hialeah. Here's more background on the Rubio-Bovo business relationship.