The Miami Herald last Wednesday reported that the U.S. Agency for International Development denies it has employed Republican congressional candidate David Rivera, a claim Rivera made on financial disclosure forms for the past seven years. Now the candidate is facing an ethics complaint over the allegations.
Rivera first told The Miami Herald that he won the USAID contracts through competitive bidding. After learning that USAID had no record of working with him, the Miami lawmaker then told the newspaper that he worked as a subcontractor to other USAID contractors — but he will not name the companies that hired him.
“So where is the money coming from? And why is David Rivera hiding the true source of his income?” [Miami attorney William] Barzee wrote in the complaint he filed Thursday. Barzee also wrote a letter to the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami, urging a criminal investigation.
Rivera faces Democrat Joe Garcia in the race to represent District 25.