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David Rivera apparently didn't raise cash before suspending Miami congressional campaign

@PatriciaMazzei

David Rivera may have cited a judge's opinion on redistricting unrelated to South Florida as the reason for dropping out of a Miami congressional race last week, but the real reason might have been his campaign bank account.

The Republican raised no money to run a political race from the time he filed as a candidate in May through the end of June, according to his latest campaign finance report. His only cash -- $11,000 -- came from a loan he made to himself to pay a candidate filing fee. (He could still file contributions from July in a later report.)

He's still got more than $100,000 in outstanding debts from his prior campaign, in 2012.

Still leading the money race in Congressional District 26 is the incumbent, Democrat Joe Garcia. his campaign says he raised $455,679 between April 1 and June 30, bringing his total haul to $2.74 million. He has $1.86 million cash on hand.

On the Republican side, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo leads the pack. He raised about $300,000 in the last quarter, according to his campaign, for a total of $1.25 million and $900,000 cash on hand.

Here's where the other candidates stand:

Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall -- total contributions $239,649 (including $211,000 in loans to himself), cash on hand $28,495

Attorney Lorenzo Palomares-Starbuck -- total contributions $93,000 (including $60,000 in loans to himself), cash on hand $24,780

Former Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez -- total contributions $86,415, cash on hand $34,234

The Republican primary takes place Aug. 26.

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Hmmmm....

While this may be true, I would reverse search for contributions to him... Wouldn't put it past him to hide money donated at this point.

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