Rubio And Gov. Haley Find Common Ground Over Shady Ethics Histories

Marco Rubio has a shady ethics history that stretches back to his time in the Florida House of Representatives. Appropriately, the U.S. Senator from Florida’s latest endorser, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, has her own history of ethics controversies.

Here’s a taste of Rubio’s ethical low-lights:

Florida Republican Party Credit Card — Marco Rubio used a Florida Republican Party credit card to rack up tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenditures. Rubio used the card to pay for a family trip and a home improvement project, among other things, but that’s not all. Rubio’s campaign insists that he’s made all of the credit card records public, but, as National Journal reported last month, some of his spending records remain undisclosed.

The $48 Million “Taj Mahal” Courthouse — Personal use of the Florida GOP credit card isn’t Rubio’s only foray into ethical gray areas. Back in 2010, Rubio similarly faced scrutiny for his involvement as a […]

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Conservatives Aren’t Impressed With Conservative Gov. Nikki Haley

Conservative pundits and talk radio hosts are taking Governor Nikki Haley to task, condemning her State of the Union response for not being conservative enough.

But the truth is Gov. Nikki Haley — with her record of supporting Trumpian anti-immigrant policies — is as right-wing on immigration as anyone else in the GOP. As governor, Haley signed the extreme, anti-immigrant bill SB 20 to “require police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop for another reason.” The bill’s sponsors even touted that they used Arizona’s “Papers Please” law as inspiration.

That’s how far to the right Donald Trump has dragged the GOP on immigration. Supporting discriminatory, anti-immigrant legislation that encourages racial profiling makes her an “open borders” liberal, by comparison.

Here’re some of the GOP’s angry reactions to Haley’s response:

From the Washington Post

After the State of the Union, Ann Coulter, the conservative gadfly who thrives on extreme rhetoric, unleashed a […]

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Don’t Be Fooled: Nikki Haley’s Trumpian Immigration Record

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s extreme record on immigration, which includes her signing anti-immigrant bill SB 20 requiring “police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop.”


“Governor Nikki Haley’s extreme record on immigration would make Donald Trump smile. While you won’t hear it in her State of the Union response, it’s impossible for Gov. Haley to whitewash her far-right record when the truth is she signed a bill inspired by Arizona’s offensive “Papers Please” Law that encouraged racial profiling.

“Gov. Haley’s Tea Party credentials have never been in doubt. Her immigration policies are squarely in sync with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump, who spend every day on the campaign trail courting xenophobic right wing conservatives.”

For more on Gov. Haley’s extreme record from American Bridge, click here.

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At Kemp Forum, Republicans Continue Their War On Poor Americans

Today in South Carolina, Speaker Paul Ryan is moderating the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity, which features six GOP presidential hopefuls, Governor Nikki Haley, who never misses an opportunity to promote herself for this year’s GOP Veepstakes, and Senator Lindsey Graham.

The Republicans hope that talking about poverty will help voters forget that they have acted little to help low income families. Instead, the Kemp Forum will make it clearer than ever that the GOP’s days of “compassionate conservatism” are a relic of the past. Why else would Ryan be the first choice to moderate a forum on “combating” poverty?

As the newly minted leader of House Republicans, Ryan is well known for championing extreme anti-poverty measures. He’s even earned the title “Robin Hood in reverse”  for pushing policies that give to the rich and “punish the poor.” Across the GOP, proposing drastic cuts to critical programs like food assistance — combativeness over compassion — has become boilerplate policy. Today, American Bridge is […]

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