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Democrats launch 2012 offensive -- highlighting investigation into David Rivera

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is taking aim at David Rivera with a radio ad that takes note of the investigation into his finances.

"Did you know Congressman David Rivera is under criminal investigation for receiving secret payments from his mother’s company?" asks the ad that starts today during drive time. "Tell Rivera to come clean so he can finally get to work for us."

The DCCC says the ad is part of part of a flurry of web ads, automated phone calls, live phone calls, and e-mails in several targeted districts.

The Washington Post notes the DCCC is targeting 19 GOP incumbents, including Rivera and Allen West -- mostly members who represent districts that President Obama won in 2008.

The robo call even pulls Marco Rubio into the fray: "Hi, this is ___________.  Did you see the Miami Herald story about Congressman David Rivera receiving secret payments from his mother’s company?  The Miami-Dade Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating Rivera for it.

"This is just the latest David Rivera scandal: he drove a truck off the road that carried campaign literature from his opponent – and he lied about it. Rivera and Marco Rubio’s home was foreclosed on – and he lied about it.  Rivera said his income came from government contract – he even lied about that too.

"Rivera should be focused on creating jobs, not paying his lawyers. Call Congressman David
Rivera and tell him to come clean. Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 202-741-1350, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee."