Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio released the receipts for his Florida Republican Party American Express Card Saturday afternoon—bills that were paid in 2005 and 2006 but were long seized upon by political opponents as a point of possible scandal.
The Rubio campaign sought to silence those critics on Saturday, producing the statements to the press and stats to illustrate it. Over the course of nearly two years, Rubio charged 484 expenses to his AMEX, for a total of nearly $65,000. Of those, eight charges were personal, ammounting to just over $7,000. Rubio paid his personal charges directly, and no taxpayer money was ever used to pay those expenses off.
The newly-released credit card statements show personal charges for a hotel and car rental during a trip to Las Vegas, flooring expenses paid to pavers, auto service and a children's sports activity center.
The Republican Party of Florida's chairman and executive director were previously found to have created a fradulent scheme through the use of the organization's funds. The chairman, Jim Greer, was charged with fraud in 2010 and sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2013. Critics had been turning up the heat on Rubio's credit card history in recent weeks—Donald Trump said Rubio "is a disaster with credit cards."