Oliva Promises to Make Florida Corrupt Again

March 27, 2019

Jose Oliva Makes Clear that Corrupt Politicians Will Always Have a Home in Florida

Tallahassee, Fla. –– Weeks after calling women “host bodies” and days after pushing an unconstitutional poll tax, House Speaker Jose Oliva has now focused on what really matters: protecting corrupt pols.

Today, Politico reported that Oliva announced he would not take any action against former Republican lawmaker David Rivera, after the Florida state ethics commission recommended the former lawmaker be fined nearly $58,000 for campaign finance violations.

“The speaker just stated loud and clear that if you are a Republican in Florida, campaign finance laws do not apply to you,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Kevin Donohoe. “The people of Florida deserve lawmakers that are held to a higher standard and will behave in an ethical manner. Instead, Florida has a corrupt and morally bankrupt Speaker, who is simultaneously pushing a poll tax for returning citizens and amnesty for corrupt politicians.”

Politico: Rivera does it again: Oliva won’t fine scandal-ridden Republican

“Florida’s ethics commission had recommended that Rivera be fined nearly $58,000 for failing to properly report his income and double-billing taxpayers for travel expenses while he served as a legislator.”“Rivera was once an ally of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and the two once owned a home together in Tallahassee.”Rivera was also investigated by the IRS and the FBI in 2011, for his involvement in secretly consulting for a Magic City Casino during a slot machine referendum.  


March 27, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Alex Morash

morash@floridadems.org

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