Washington, D.C. – For this special edition of Scoundrel of the Month, there was no dearth of disgraceful candidates who have managed to stay in the scoundrel spotlight after being cited in our previous Most Corrupt Members of Congress reports. When it comes to corruption, however, one member of congress has managed to sink lower than all his fellow alumni. After allegedly mounting a shadow campaign against his Democratic rival, Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) is your undisputed Scoundrel of the Month.
One look at last year’s list will tell you the Sunshine State is rife with corrupt members of Congress – including Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) – but Rep. Rivera still manages to stand out. At the time our 2011 report came out, he was under investigation by five separate entities, including the FBI and IRS, for multiple money laundering and tax evasion schemes.
“The latest allegations against Rep. Rivera have all the elements of a classic criminal caper – a slush fund, a ringer candidate, envelopes stuffed with hundred dollar bills, and a campaign consultant who mysteriously disappeared,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “It seems Rep. Rivera finally has used up his nine lives.”
It remains to be seen whether or not this felonious Floridian can beat the rap for his most recent scandal, but we at CREW aren’t going to give Rep. Rivera a pass any time soon.
Do these egregious misdeeds qualify Rep. Rivera for a repeat appearance in CREW’s Most Corrupt Members of Congress report? Check back later this week to find out.