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Right to Rise PAC goes after Rubio on party credit card

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January

The Right to Rise super Pac backing Jeb Bush has released a new ad in Iowa that attacks Marco Rubio for his personal use of Republican Party of Florida credit card.

It is the first time an opponent has used the controversy surrounding the credit card in an attack ad.

For years, Rubio has tried to get past the scandal of his spending on the RPOF credit card when he was speaker of the Florida House. Last November, he took the unusual step of releasing nearly two years of American Express statements to show how he spent the party's money.

In the new commercial, Right to Rise says Rubio put "$22,000 in personal expenses on a Republican Party credit card.

Rubio's communications director Alex Conant told the Times, "It's pathetic that Jeb Bush's PAC would recycle this false attack that the establishment flopped with in 2010. Jeb Bush endorsed Marco in 2010 and recommended him to be vice president in 2012 knowing these issues are totally false and discredited. It's sad how this campaign has changed Jeb into a desperate establishment politician reaching for new lows in order to save himself."

Times Washington Bureau Chief Alex Leary and Political Editor Adam C. Smith contributed to this report.

The Right to Rise commercial attacks Marco Rubio's use of a Republican Party of Florida credit card when he was speaker of the Florida House.

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The Right to Rise commercial attacks Marco Rubio's use of a Republican Party of Florida credit card when he was speaker of the Florida House.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 7:36pm]

    

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