Embattled Florida Republican raised $75K in first quarter

Rep. David Rivera's (R-Fla.) first-quarter fundraising haul can't be reassuring to national Republicans anxious to hang onto Florida's 25th congressional district next year. 

The freshman Republican, who has been dogged by questions about his financial dealings, raised just $75,000 during the first three months of the year, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Rivera reported just $67,000 cash on hand and still has more than $130,000 worth of debt on the books, including close to $90,000 owed to a Florida-based media consultant.

Rivera is sure to be a Democratic target next year, and might even face a GOP primary challenge.

The Republican has been under investigation for allegedly failing to disclose $137,000 in loans, and The Associated Press reported earlier this year that Rivera paid himself hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexplained campaign reimbursements over his eight years in the State Legislature.

National Democrats have hammered the freshman Republican over the allegations in recent months and have used the investigation as an opportunity to lambaste House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the new Republican majority over their promises of "no tolerance" on ethics questions.

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