GOP investigation, new allegations

5:35 PM, Apr 21, 2010   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida --  New allegations of an IRS inquiry into former House Speaker Marco Rubio's use of the Republican Party of Florida's credit card are surfacing.

Recent media reports indicate the agency is looking into whether there are grounds to move forward with a criminal inquiry.  The agency would essentially investigate whether Rubio paid back the party for personal expenses charged to the card.  If not, the charges could be considered taxable income.

Rubio tells 10 Connects he has not been contacted by the IRS.

In a statement, he wrote: "After all the negative publicity regarding the way Charlie Crist's hand-picked chairman spent money at the state party, getting this information out in the open will be the best way to deal with it. As far as my spending is concerned, it was for legitimate political purposes. When I made personal charges, I paid for them directly to American Express. I have not been contacted and don't know anything about any potential inquiries, but I welcome the chance to set the record straight once and for all."

Laura Kadechka, 10 Connects

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