Credit Card Controversy Facing Florida Senate Candidate
Mixing personal and business charges on the same credit card could jeopardize one candidate's chances for a Senate seat in Florida. According to a report in the Sun Sentinel, former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio charged thousands of dollars in personal and household expenses provided to him by the Republican Party of Florida between 2005 and 2008. The Republican Senate candidate claims that he kept meticulous records of charges to the Party's American Express card. Rubio provided reporters with documentation of his repayments to the state party during that time.

However, pundits and investigative journalists suggest that Florida Republican Party officials may have picked up the tab for a few questionable expenses. While Rubio's American Express records contain no illicit charges, a handful of line items have raised red flags. For instance, a $1,000 car repair bill and nearly $3,000 in car rental fees were paid for with party funds. Rubio claims that party officials offered to cover some expenses after his personal vehicle was damaged at a political event. The incident recalls recent controversies in Illinois and Michigan where public officials made questionable purchases with state or party credit cards.

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Joe Taylor Jr. is an internal business consultant for a Fortune 500 company, who writes about finance, culture, and design. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Ithaca College.