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Norman Braman funded Marco Rubio's job at FIU

The New York Times takes a look at Marco Rubio’s relationship with Norman Braman, the Miami billionaire who has vowed to plow millions into a Super PAC. One nugget stands out:

When Mr. Rubio left state government, determined to shore up his finances before running for the United States Senate, he landed a teaching job at Florida International University, agreeing to raise much of his salary through private donations.

Mr. Braman gave $100,000, according to records he shared with The New York Times. Dario Moreno, who oversaw the university center where Mr. Rubio worked and who taught classes with him, confirmed that Mr. Rubio had raised the money from Mr. Braman.

Rubio got the FIU job, which was never advertised, after leaving the state House due to term limits in 2008. His hiring was controversial at the time. Moreno refused to identify the money Rubio raised when the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald wrote about the controversy.

[Last modified: Saturday, May 9, 2015 5:19pm]


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