April 21st, 2010
09:25 AM ET
13 years ago

Rubio says he hasn't been contacted by IRS

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/16/art.rubio.0218f.gi.jpg caption="Rubio said Wednesday he has not been contacted about a reported federal investigation into his use of a state party credit card"](CNN) - Florida Senate hopeful Marco Rubio said Wednesday he has not been contacted about a reported federal investigation into his use of a state party credit card and proclaimed himself innocent of any wrongdoing.

The St. Petersburg Times and Miami Herald reported late Tuesday that the IRS has opened a "preliminary" investigation into whether Rubio, former House Speaker Ray Sansom and former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer "misused their party credit cards for personal expenses." The papers cited an anonymous law enforcement source for their story.

News of the investigation interrupts several weeks of momentum for the surging Rubio, who is consolidating GOP support as his primary rival for the Republican nomination, Gov. Charlie Crist, considers abandoning the contest altogether.

Questions about Rubio's use of a state party credit card are not new. The Times and Herald reported in February that Rubio, while serving as House speaker, used his party-issued credit card for personal charges, including grocery bills and repairs to his family's minivan. Rubio has said he re-paid those personal charges out of his own pocket.

Last week, Rubio said he did not believe he needed to amend his tax returns to reflect any party money that may have been used for personal expenses.

Responding to news of the IRS inquiry, Rubio said that "getting this information out in the open will be the best way to deal with it."

"As far as my spending is concerned, it was for legitimate political purposes," he said in a statement. "When I made personal charges, I paid for them directly to American Express. I have not been contacted and don't know anything about any potential inquiries, but I welcome the chance to set the record straight once and for all."

A spokesman for Rubio, Alex Burgos, made the point that an investigation has not been publicly confirmed. He re-iterated that his candidate has not been contacted by the IRS or federal officials.

Meanwhile, Crist spokeswoman Amanda Hennenberg said in a statement, "This speaks to a wider issue that undercuts Speaker Rubio’s credibility when it comes to his fiscal conservative credentials, as well as raises questions about this political insider’s use of public office for his own personal enrichment."

As we have said before, when it comes to Speaker Rubio, it’s not what we know, it’s what we don’t know YET," she also said.

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. jp,michigan

    Another game played by the Democrats against a front running Republican.

    April 21, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Right wingnut tea baggers are always supportive of republicans who commit crimes. I think McCollum and Rubio will serve the GOP well from jail. I urge my fellow Floridians to support Crist or Meeks.

    April 21, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. bob

    Typical republican.....do as I say, not as I do.

    April 21, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Right wingnut Rubio is just like Dick Armey and Tom DeLay. Above the law and not very bright.

    April 21, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. cspurgeon

    I will not vote for this guy clean or dirty. I am a centrist and I want Crist and republican tea party is taking a choice away for me.

    April 21, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Ashamed American

    Another Corrupt Greedy politician. What a shock.

    April 21, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Greg McWhorter

    again..I hope IRS cleans your clock!!!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. JJ in NY

    Another sleazy slur by the liberal attack dogs .

    April 21, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Monrob

    This guy is a crook.

    April 21, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. AF.

    Well! today is the State credit card, tomorrow will be the taxpayers money. Viva Charlie Crist the Floridians fighter

    April 21, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. Sarge in Florida

    Just goes to show you than another fox got into the hen house and with a mouth full of feathers still denying that he did eat the chicken. He only tasted it and spit it back out when he got caught...It's an outrage that the people of this state don't care and will still give him their vote. So what message is he sending? " It's ok to steal as long as you don't get caught, but if you do get caught just play STUPID and say people are just trying to destroy you".

    April 21, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Seattle Sue

    Mr. Rubio, go directly to jail, do not pass goal, do not collect 200.00 dollars.

    April 21, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Randall in Torrance, CA

    This is not surprising because Republicans have been misusing the public's money for ages. They steal from the poor and give to the wealthy. They always get away with it too because they write the laws that sheild them from wrong doing. The IRS needs to bust this gangsta and his playboy pal.

    April 21, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. Thomas F Reynolds

    Marco, just call Jim Greer and ask him to tell everybody it ain't true!

    April 21, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Doug,lib jersey

    Obama has brought the Chicago liberalism to the White House, the absolute worst actions this nation has ever witnessed.

    All the former presidents combined are not as corrupt as our current socialist in chief, he can't even order a hamburger without using the tactics he learned from Rules for Radicals, which is not the DNC playbook to execute their anti-American corruption and attacks on all decent, honest Americans.

    April 21, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Tony

    Crist is behind this and in the polls.

    Crist is and always has been a RINO. He needs to move on.

    April 21, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Donatella

    So much for fiscal conservatives, if this man is already spending money like crazy, do you really want him to represent
    Florida in the senate. I'm glad I don't live there.

    April 21, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Truth

    See this is what the media do. They have the power to destroy anybody. Name your source Miami Herald and other s name your source otherwise you lose credibility. Rubio did nothing wrong! You know how many people do that everyday with credit cards? This is just a way for the media to try and destroy a rising star in the GOP just like they keep trying with Palin.

    April 21, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. Ben in Texas

    Isn't it embarrassing that all these guys like DeMint and Cantor are supporting a person for the U.S. Senate who is under investigation by the IRS? Maybe they're so comfortable with greed and corruption that they feel no embarrassment at all.

    Go independent, Charlie!

    April 21, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. Mike

    I imagine nobamby will have the IRS investigate alot of people who protest him.

    April 21, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Tommy

    Let's see his birth records.

    April 21, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. Charles W. Skinner

    An "anonymous law enforcement source." How quaint. Come on. Anybody who doesn't think this is a political smear because Rubio is TROUNCING Gov. Crist is not paying attention. The Democrat party is TERRIFIED that Rubio is going to be the next Senator from Florida, and they well should be, because he will bring another strong Conservative voice to the US Senate, further weakening the agenda of the nanny-state leftists currently in power.

    April 21, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Jim Brody

    "used his party-issued credit card for personal charges, including grocery bills and repairs to his family's minivan. Rubio has said he re-paid those personal charges out of his own pocket." < Hey GOPers, are you OK with people floating their personal expenses on the part's credit account? Why would he think this was OK? And why would he think that money obtained from the party for his personla use would not be taxable? This guy does not pass the smell test.

    April 21, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    That's the thing about TRUTH you can't hide from it, you can't excuse it away, if Rubio has done something illegal it will come back to bite him!

    April 21, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. Josh

    Typical GOP response. I didn't do anything wrong. He should run for Steele's job, they both have the same thing in common. They use their parties money for their own use.

    April 21, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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