While state and local officials look into the personal finances of freshman Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) as well as his campaign accounts, they have also begun looking at his relationship with political consultant Esther Nuhfer, who has received $817,000 in fees from Rivera’s campaigns and affiliated political committees since 2006.
Nuhfer was already under investigation for having received $150,000 from the Miami-Dade Republican Party just before Election Day, but never provided them with invoices detailing how the money was being spent.
The Miami Herald has reported that Rivera paid Nuhfer $250,000—$150,000 of it referred to as “bonus” money – for a State Senate campaign he never finished when he instead decided to run for Congress. Many speculate that he never intended to finish the campaign, and are demanding to know exactly where and how the campaign money was spent.
When the Herald
The following is what the Herald reported.
In campaign reports, Nuhfer is described as a fundraising consultant. But in a written response to questions from The Herald, Rivera listed some 41 different functions Nuhfer performed for the Senate campaign, including: “general consulting,” “political consulting,” “collateral material development,” “coalitions building,” “consultant liaison,” and “travel coordination, school site outreach program, web-site development, GOP auxiliary organizations liaison, precinct analysis, et cetera.”
The “bonus” payments to Nuhfer, Rivera said, were a “contractually-obligated expenditure for the campaign having successfully reached the fundraising bonus threshold,” but he failed to provide a copy of said contract.