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October 02, 2012

CNBC: Florida receives more in federal funds than any other state, $30k per person

The Sunshine State is Uncle Sam's favorite.

Florida receives more federal funds than any other state, both in total dollars and on a per capita basis. In fact, based on total volume, Florida's take is 50 percent higher than No. 2 Texas.

According to an analysis by CNBC.com, Florida received $577.8 billion in the 2011 fiscal year, or a whopping $30,318 per capita. Rounding out the top five in per-capita payouts were Louisiana, South Carolina, Hawaii and Virginia.

The analysis included federal money used for government operations — distributed both to government agencies and contractors — as well as money for entitlement programs like Social Security, unemployment compensation and food stamps.

Most of the biggest awards Florida received came through Homeland Security, the umbrella organization for everything from FEMA to port and airport security. Other large awards came through the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees Medicare and Medicaid, among other duties.

Among contractors in-state receiving large federal awards were telecommunications company Harris Corp. and several aerospace and defense companies, notably Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman.

With about 19 million residents, Florida is the fourth-largest state. The biggest state, California, has nearly twice as many residents but received only the third-highest amount of federal dollars.

Texas was No. 2 but trailed far behind Florida with a total take of $294 billion. With nearly 26 million residents in Texas, that translates to $11,452 per capita.

Total federal spending for fiscal year 2011 is estimated to be $3.6 trillion, according to the Office of Management and Budget's 2012 Mid-Session Review. CNBC's report used data from USASpending.gov, an Office of Management and Budget website.

-- Jeff Harrington, Tampa Bay Times

Amid FBI probe, GOP prepares for Rivera indictment, loss and future successors

Bracing for embattled U.S. Rep. David Rivera to be indicted or lose his election, Republicans have started lining up potential successors to regain the seat in 2014 if the congressman’s Democrat opponent defeats him in November.

The pressure has been building for about a month, but it boiled over last week after a series of stories by The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald documented that a candidate suspected of illegal campaign activities linked to Rivera has turned on the congressman.

For the past week, a group of Miami Republicans began mulling possible future candidates, who might even challenge Rivera in 2014 should he win the election in November.

Leading the list: Jeb Bush Jr., son and namesake of the popular former governor, and state Sen. Anitere Flores. Other names include Marili Cancio, a lawyer who challenged Rivera in the 2010 GOP primary; former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, who’s running for state House, and Miami-Dade School Board Member Carlos Curbelo.

None could be reached for comment, except for Cancio, who said “whoever is in the race will beat Joe Garcia. We can’t afford to have him in Congress.”

But Rivera’s own trusted political adviser is concerned.

“David faces a real Herculean task to keep his campaign together,” said Dario Moreno, a Florida International University political science professor who polls for Rivera.

“Everyone at a political gathering was talking about this,” Moreno said, declining to name names about the meeting of Republicans.

Making matters worse for Rivera, on Friday The Herald obtained a survey conducted by GOP pollster McLaughlin & Associates that showed Rivera losing to Democrat Joe Garcia 33-43 percent.

The 10 percentage-point margin is outside the 4.9 percent error margin for the 400 likely-voter survey taken in the newly drawn District 26 that stretches from Kendall to Key West. A Democratic poll earlier in the month showed Garcia with a 9-point lead.

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