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Rubio's gambling money



House Speaker Marco Rubio has long opposed gambling, a stance that grew from spending six years of his childhood in Vegas. This week, the Miami Republican amplified his objection in an op-ed piece that took a subtle shot at Gov. Charlie Crist.

But a review of Rubio's recent campaign finance reports shows he has received money from the industry. During his 2006 re-election campaign, Rubio received the maximum $500 contribution from, among others, Calder Race Course, New Hollywood Greyhound Track, Palm Beach Kennel Club, and Hazel Park Harness Raceway. And the committee he formed to attain the speakership, Floridians for Conservative Leadership, got $2,500 from Calder Race Course in 2003.

Buzz asked Rubio about the disconnect. "My contributors buy into my agenda -- I don't buy into theirs," he said by way of e-mail. "I have consistently opposed gaming and they chose to contribute to my efforts nonetheless."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:55pm]


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