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Rubio prepares for future



House Speaker Marco Rubio's power is about to begin its natural decline as his term comes to an end. But the Miami Republican is taking steps to remain in the spotlight.

Rubio, 36, recently asked House counsel Jeremiah Hawkes if he would violate the gift ban by raising money from lobbyists and others for Floridians for Property Tax Reform and, a "charity" that shares a purpose with Rubio's cause of the same name.

In both cases, Hawkes said Rubio can solicit funds. Read the legal opinion here. Hawkes concluded the lawmaker would not have to disclose fundraising for because, he said, Rubio did not create the group. It was formed in August by Miami property magnate William Holly and Winter Park lawyer Ometrias Deon Long, among others.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:27am]


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