On October 21, 2011, USA Today reported:
"Sen. Marco Rubio stepped up his fight against a Washington Post story about his family's departure from Cuba, saying he is the "son of exiles" and that his family story "needs no embellishing."
Democrats have been seizing on the Post story to criticize Rubio.
American Bridge 21st Century, a group aimed at electing Democrats, sent reporters a video of Rubio's past comments about his family's story along with a list of quotes in which he has described his parents coming to the U.S. after Castro gained power.
On October 21, 2011, POLITICO reported:
"Rich Iott, the Nazi reenactor who ran unsuccessfully for Congress, donated $1,000 to Josh Mandel's Ohio Senate campaign, according to the Republican's campaign finance filing provided to POLITICO by the Democratic group American Bridge."
On October 21, 2011, Yahoo! News reported:
Democrats are already using the controversy against Rubio. Democratic opposition research group American Bridge 21st Century released a video Friday afternoon that includes clips of Rubio saying his parents came to the United States in 1959 as well as instances of what the group calls Rubio's "embellishments."
On October 21, 2011, The Hill reported:
"A Democratic-leaning group released a video attacking Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) over the recent controversy surrounding a Washington Post article that disputes statements the senator made about his family’s past.
The American Bridge 21st Century video features a montage of news clips and speeches in which Rubio discusses the influence of his family’s story on his life...
On October 21, The Billings Gazette reported:
A lawyer for U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg and his wife has offered to settle a lawsuit against the city of Billings "without monetary compensation" for a 2008 wildfire that threatened the couple's subdivision.
In exchange, the Rehbergs want the city to adopt "specific wildland firefighting standards" that may prevent future property loss or damage, according to a letter provided to The Billings Gazette by Jan Rehberg.
After sitting idle for more than a year, the lawsuit has been the subject of a recent flurry of activity, including an official response from the city to the lawsuit that was never formally served and the settlement offer from the Rehbergs.
On October 20, 2011, the Huffington Post reported:
A former Republican National Committee finance official who was forced to resign last year following allegations that she had spent party money at a jewelry store has found a new home in the free-spending campaign of Virginia GOP Senate candidate George Allen.
Debbie LeHardy departed the RNC, where she was the deputy finance director, after reports emerged that she was reimbursed $450 for a purchase at a Manhattan jewelry store that she listed as a meal.
Those problems apparently did not discourage Allen from hiring LeHardy as a consultant and paying her well. According to Federal Election Commission records, her firm has received more than $75,000 for advice since February.
As reported in the Washington Post, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was caught embellishing his life story. Despite numerous claims that his parents fled Cuba after Castro's regime took power in 1959, documents show his parents came to the U.S. in 1956.
Rubio made the false assertions not just on his official Senate bio, but in numerous speeches and cable television appearances over the years. Watch a sampling of his embellished statements in a new video from American Bridge 21st Century:
On October 19, 2011, the North Platte Bulletin reported:
Don Stenberg stopped in North Platte Tuesday proposing seven new amendments to the U.S. Constitution, all of them conservative.
On October 19, 2011, the Huffington Post reported:
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is paying tens of thousands of dollars to campaign consultants and fundraisers with histories of playing hardball, a review of the senator's federal election filing reveals.
On October 17, 2011, the New York Times reported:
In the first two weeks of Rick Perry’s presidential campaign, his aides turned to Brian D. Pardo, a Texas businessman under investigation by federal securities regulators, to use his Cessna Citation X business jet to fly to campaign events.
The Perry campaign paid Mr. Pardo about $21,000 for two days of flights that, according to logs from Flightwise.com, totaled about nine hours in the air, a number Mr. Pardo said sounded accurate.
But had the campaign rented the same plane from a charter company, it could have cost up to three times as much, other interviews suggest. Because of changes in federal campaign regulations, that raises the question of whether Mr. Perry, the Texas governor, effectively received an unreported campaign contribution by underpaying Mr. Pardo.