FL-26: Fake Candidate Admits Rep. Rivera Bankrolled His Campaign

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 9:10 am

Justin Lamar Sternad has admitted to the FBI what was obvious all along – that he was indeed a fake candidate put up by Rep. David Rivera with seed money to take down his Democratic challenger, Joe Garcia.


FL-25: “Envelopes Stuffed With Cash” Turn Up in Rivera Fake Candidate Scandal

By: Saturday September 22, 2012 4:00 pm

I’ve mentioned the saga of Rep. David Rivera once before. He’s the South Florida Republican Congressman who paid for mailers for a fake Democratic “candidate” in the hopes that he could either drive up the negatives or defeat his likely opponent, Joe Garcia. Investigators, including the FBI, have already discovered a bounty of evidence showing Rivera’s fingerprints all over the mailers of the fake candidate, who makes a modest income but nonetheless allegedly self-funded his campaign with tens of thousands of dollars. He never reported the campaign expenditures to the FEC. And the invoices for the mailers were literally sent to Rivera with his name on them. Campaign finance laws were probably broken, in addition to conspiracy and possibly money laundering.

There have been developments in the case.

FL-25: GOP Rep. David Rivera Paid for Mailers for Fake Dem Candidate

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 3:30 pm

Here’s a pretty incredible story out of South Florida. David Rivera, a GOP Congressman who already has an impressive history of corruption, paid the bills for a fake Democratic primary candidate for his House seat. There is evidence here of federal election crimes that carry jail terms.

FDL’s Hot House: (10/28 Update) 104 Congressional Races to Watch

By: Thursday October 28, 2010 7:10 pm

The number of contests up in the air continues to grow: As a result of new polling, I’m adding two close races to the list, FL-25 and KY-03.

Several other races have also been updated to reflect new information. Overall, the updates are a mixed bag, but, on net, I would say today’s news is slightly positive for Democrats.

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