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:
- Where’s Sen. Marco Rubio getting his campaign money? The biggest category, far and away, is retired folks, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
- Who’s been the top contributor to Sen. Marco Rubio? The Club for Growth. But it’s not clear whether the group will support him for president.
- Is Blackstone executive Wayne Berman a potential Marco Rubio finance chairman? Berman is a big name in GOP money circles.
- Marco Rubio’s financial support is decidedly Floridian: 19 of his 20 top donor ZIP codes are in the Sunshine State.
- Meet the billionaire car dealer who could pour millions of dollars into a Marco Rubio presidential bid.
- Marco Rubio’s leadership PAC is already priming the pump in Iowa and New Hampshire.
- That time the FEC hit Marco Rubio with an $8,000 fine for excessive campaign contributions.
- Sen. Marco Rubio’s close friend David Rivera, a disgraced former congressman, could be an Achilles heel during a Rubio presidential run. No one has more ethicsand campaign finance scandals than Rivera.
- Sen. Marco Rubio wants to sell a house he owns with disgraced former Rep. David Rivera — but he can’t ditch it. Metaphor?
- Sen. Marco Rubio’s best-selling memoir paid more than his Senate salary: He disclosed earning $800,000 in royalties in 2012 and $345,000 in 2013.
- Is Professor Marco Rubio going to keep teaching that political science class? He made $22,115 from it in 2013.
- Marco Rubio’s $443,000 estimated net worth ranks him among the poorest senators, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Sources: Center for Public Integrity reporting, as well as the Center for Responsive Politics, Miami Herald, Politico and U.S. Senate.
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