The Miami Republican -- whose been under a cloud of controversy -- didn't have trouble fundraising: his campaign report for the first three months shows him raising $75,373 -- more money than a number of his fellow Florida GOP freshman.
Allen West, a national tea party favorite, reported an eye popping $433,500. He's already got two Democratic challengers: Patrick Murphy, who reported raising $352,448 (including $1,000 from former Gov. Charlie Crist) and Lois Frankel, who pulled in $254,605. Orlando-area Rep. Sandy Adams raised $114K.
Rivera, who closed the quarter with $67K, is still carrying $137,474 in campaign debt. He outraised Dan Webster: $30K; Rich Nugent, $64K; and Dennis Ross, $65K; Steve Southerland raised $78K, but that includes a $7,500 loan Southerland made to his campaign. The freshmen are under some pressure to raise money: House Speaker John Boehner in March reportedly warned the freshmen he'd be checking their filings to make sure they were pulling in a lot of cash.
"Your campaign accounts in the first and second quarter go a long way in determining your opposition,” he reportedly told members.
Rivera's campaign says he's "pleased that he exceeded his fundraising goal for this quarter and looks forward to continuing this strong show of support in his re-election effort."