Fueled with $43,000 in secret money, Republican Rep. David Rivera helped run a shadow campaign that might have broken federal laws in last week’s Democratic primary against his political nemesis Joe Garcia, according to campaign sources and finance records.In case you had any doubts—yes, that's illegal.
As part of the effort, a political unknown named Justin Lamar Sternad campaigned against Garcia by running a sophisticated mail campaign that Rivera helped orchestrate and fund, campaign vendors said.
Among the revelations: The mailers were often paid in envelopes stuffed with crisp hundred-dollar bills.
There's still a great deal of uncertainty about the reasons that Rivera avoided arrest last year from rampant and overt corruption, though the FBI reportedly opened up a second investigation into his activities. But clearly, his ability to evade prosecution thus far has only emboldened him.
Sternad's mailers targeted African American voters, a clear effort at eroding Joe Garcia's strong support among that community. The hope clearly was to siphon Garcia voters away so that a weaker Democrat prevailed in the primary.
That Rivera's effort failed should prove the least of his worries, now that his illegal involvement has been exposed.
Meanwhile, the path to Speaker Nancy Pelosi runs through this district. Rivera is so spooked by Garcia that he blatantly ignored the law to try and knock him out in the primary. You can return the favor, legally, by donating $3 to Garcia.