Questions of Rubio's spending on the charge card first surfaced in his U.S. Senate election in 2010
"It became very disturbing to me how he was using other people's money," Mike Fasano, a former colleague of Rubio, told CNN
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story, first published November 5, 2015, stated that after the charge card records became public, Sen. Rubio had paid back more than $16,000 in personal charges he had placed on the card. The Rubio campaign says he paid those personal expense charges as he accrued them. We have updated the story to reflect the Rubio campaign’s position.
A former colleague of Marco Rubio says he was alarmed by the Republican presidential candidate’s spending habits when he was in the Florida legislature – and is now calling on him to release charge card records.
Mike Fasano, who now has donated to Rubio rival Jeb Bush, is a Florida county tax collector and former Florida House majority leader and Senate president pro tempore, where he watched the rise of Rubio in Florida politics.
He said Rubio should have no reason to not put out the complete record of the American Express charge card Rubio once held that was paid primarily by the Florida Republican Party.
“It became very disturbing to me how he was using other people’s money,” Fasano told CNN. “The example he was setting was just spend it as freely as you want and we will just go out and raise more.”
Questions of Rubio’s spending on the charge card first surfaced in his U.S. Senate election in 2010, when the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald were leaked two years of records from when Rubio was a powerful state lawmaker in Tallahassee, including speaker of the Florida House.