Florida congressman being investigated for receiving money from dog track

Through a company with ties to the congressman, David M. Rivera (R-FL) is being investigated for an alleged  $500,000 in “secret payments” from the owners of Flagler Dog Track in Florida.

The Miami Herald is reporting that Rivera “helped run a political campaign backed by the dog track to win voter approval for Las Vegas-style slot machines at parimutuel venues in Miami-Dade County.”

Sounds like another attempt by a dog racing facility to prop up the racing side by adding more gambling options. The money in question reportedly went to a marketing company co-managed by Rivera’s 70-year-old mother.

Marketing greyhound racing? There are certainly better ways to earn a living.

Rivera is denying receiving the money, but admits supporting and promoting the referendum to bring in the slots.
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