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Federal probes shadow Rivera re-election campaign

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by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) - Ethical questions that have lingered since a South Florida Republican congressman won office two years ago are threatening to overshadow his rematch with his Democratic challenger.

Federal investigations and financial questions have dogged U.S. Rep. David Rivera's re-election campaign against Joe Garcia. That includes accusations that Rivera secretly funded one of Garcia's opponents in the District 26 Democratic primary in an attempt to derail his campaign.

Rivera also remains under federal investigation for potential tax violations, an inquiry dating to 2011 that continues even after a related state investigation cleared Rivera in April. He has maintained that he has always complied with state and federal campaign finance laws, and that he has properly reported all personal income.

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