FEC clears Fla. US Rep. Rivera in campaign probe

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Posted: May 20, 2011 5:12 PM
FEC clears Fla. US Rep. Rivera in campaign probe

The Federal Election Commission has cleared U.S. Rep. David Rivera following an investigation into whether he improperly helped an independent group produce an attack against his opponent in last year's election.

The commission says it found "no reason to believe" Rivera violated federal campaign finance laws. It sent a letter to Rivera regarding its findings last month, but the South Florida GOP congressman did not publicize the conclusion.

Supporters of Rivera's defeated rival, Democrat Joe Garcia, alleged the independent committee Voters Response coordinated fliers against Garcia with Rivera's then-spokeswoman Sarah Bascom.

Federal law prohibits candidates and their campaigns from coordinating activities with independent political committees.

Voters Response acknowledged paying Bascom but maintained it was for work unrelated to Rivera's campaign.

A separate state investigation into Rivera's finances is ongoing.