Thursday, June 11, 2015

After NYTimes Stories, Rubio Gets Campaign Contributions

Marco Rubio
Republican presidential candidate and Florida Senator Marco Rubio is raising campaign funds to attack an "elitist liberal media" agenda, after two recent New York Times articles investigated the Rubio family's financial troubles over the years.

The campaign has raised a total of $100,000 since the Times stories ran, a campaign source confirmed to CBS News.

The donations, first reported by Politico, were raised after the newspaper of record conducted a deep dive into the seventeen traffic citations incurred by Rubio and his wife since 1997.

Following the article's publication, the campaign criticized the Times in a fundraising email for "attacking" the presidential hopeful. The Florida senator, who was responsible for four of the seventeen traffic citations, also asked for donations to "spread the real message of our campaign."

The Times has since reported on the GOP contender's personal finances -- including Rubio's unsettled mortgage payments, a liquidated retirement account, a "luxury speedboat" purchase, and college loan debt, which amounted to $150,000 by the time he was elected to the Florida legislature in 2000.

In one email, headlined "Not rich enough," the Rubio campaign also took the opportunity to lambast other candidates vying for the White House for their financial treasure chests.

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