Former Florida congressman fined $456,000 for propping up a ringer candidate

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that former U.S. Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., violated campaign finance law when he funneled $75,927 in campaign money to a novice political candidate running against Rivera’s likely Democratic challenger in Florida’s 26th Congressional District — and ordered Rivera to pay a $456,000 fine for devising a scheme he knew was illegal. In a scathing order, Judge Marcia Cooke said Rivera’s violations were knowing, willful and injured the public. She said Rivera has the money to pay the fine and also issued a permanent injunction to further prevent Rivera from…

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