Buying of the President

Published — April 13, 2015 Updated — June 22, 2016 at 10:47 am ET

12 things to know about Marco Rubio

Florida senator becomes third major GOP candidate to enter presidential field


Update, June 22, 2016: While Marco Rubio on March 15 decided to suspend his presidential campaign after losing Florida’s primary contest, he chose to seek re-election to his U.S. Senate seat.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., today is expected to become the third big-name Republican to enter the 2016 race for the White House.

Florida’s junior senator faces plenty of challenges during the Republican presidential primary, particularly explaining his past immigration reform advocacy to skeptical conservatives and thriving in a hyper-competitive candidate field that will almost assuredly feature an even better-known Floridian in former Gov. Jeb Bush.

But Rubio is young, aggressive — he’s written a best-selling book and taught a college course while serving in the U.S. Senate — and enjoys the support of some decidedly wealthy political patrons.

Here’s more about the financial history of a man who could become the nation’s first Latino president:

Sources: Center for Public Integrity reporting, as well as the Center for Responsive Politics, Miami Herald, Politico and U.S. Senate.

Image sources: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP, Gage Skidmore/AP

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