U.S. Rep. David Rivera's latest political woes have provided convenient fodder for a liberal super-pac that does opposition research into Democratic opponents.
The George Soros-backed group, American Bridge 21st Century has launced a web site called the "TheRivera Files.com," featuring a stream of television and newsaper stories about investigations into the Republican congressman's personal and campaign finances, including links to stories first reported by The Miami Herald.
"Since 2006, Florida Rep. David Rivera has been the subject of five different investigations for alleged ethical violations, including money laundering, tax evasion, and funding a fake primary challenge against his likely Democratic opponent. We don’t think this behavior is appropriate for a member of Congress. Do you?,'' asks the site.
Rivera has been linked to a failed Democratic congressional candidate, Justin Lamar Sternad, whose campaign is under federal grand jury investigation. Campaign vendors told The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald that Sternad’s congressional Democratic primary run was backed by Rivera, who says he has never met or helped Sternad.
According to FactCheck.org, American Bridge 21st Century was founded by David Brock, a conservative-turned-liberal activist, and amongs its principal funders is billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros.