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Marco Rubio’s spending targeted in ethics complaint

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From Beth Reinhard: Former House Speaker Marco Rubio misspent donations to the Republican Party of Florida and his political committees “to subsidize his lifestyle,” according to a sweeping complaint filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics.

The complaint filed by Michael D. Ryan, 55, of Fort Lauderdale also says Rubio used his public office to get an unadvertised job at Florida International University at a time when the school was laying off faculty.

Ryan described himself in an interview Tuesday as a “retired businessman who is sick of all the politics.” He said he used to be registered as a Republican but hasn’t voted in years and has “zero political agenda.”

Ryan gave $2,300 to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2007 because, he said, he was in business with one of her supporters, basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson. Rubio’s U.S. Senate campaign seized on the donation as evidence of Ryan’s motives.

“This is clearly a political stunt by Democrats who are either working directly with Charlie Crist, or have already looked past Crist to a general election fight with Marco Rubio,” said spokesman Alex Burgos. “This filing, by a maxed-out Hillary Clinton supporter, is laughable in its absurdity, completely false and totally without merit.” Full story here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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