Marco Rubio Faces Scrutiny over GOP Credit Card Charges

Marco Rubio Faces Scrutiny over GOP Credit Card Charges

November 5, 2015         Written By Bill Hardekopf

Just when presidential hopeful Marco Rubio started rising in the polls, details about his use of a Republican party credit card have put him under some financial scrutiny. The card was issued to him by the Republican Party of Florida when he was in the state legislature.

Critics are demanding the release of credit card statements for the GOP candidate after details about questionable charges were released in the Tampa Bay Times.

The initial report reveals a series of personal purchases made on Rubio’s Republican party credit card, including $10,000 spent on a four-day family reunion and $34,000 in undisclosed expenses. These expenses date back to 2006 and 2007. The data was collected during Rubio’s 2010 Senate run, but they were not brought to light again until recently when polls showed him to be a more viable presidential candidate.

Rubio has since defended his actions, claiming that he confused the party card with his personal credit card when he went to make certain purchases. Those include the family reunion he funded, as well as pavers for his home. The Senator says he paid back all personal charges that were made on the GOP card, and that he will release new records in the next few weeks.

“It wasn’t a credit card, it was a charge card. It was American Express,” Rubio told reporters in New Hampshire. “And every month I would get a bill in my home, and I would review it. And if it was something on it that was personal, I would pay it. And if it wasn’t, the party paid it.”

Fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump commented on the new reports, saying, “For years, I’ve been hearing that his credit cards are a disaster. He certainly lives above his means; there’s no question about that.”

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