Politics

David Rivera Accused of Abusing Congressional Privilege With Medicare Mailer

One of the perks in Congress is the right of "franking" -- no, it has nothing to do with Barney Frank, tequila shots and a dark alley. It's the ancient right to send constituents heaps of unwanted glossy fliers plastered with your grinning face at taxpayer expense. Franking is grossly annoying in all forms, but Rep. David Rivera's critics say the embattled Republican crossed a line with his latest batch attacking President Obama's Medicare plan.

"When so many in Congress are talking about waste, sending out a flier like this that could have come from campaign accounts is egregious," says Christian Ulvert, a senior campaign advisor for Luis Garcia, the Democrat set to challenge Rivera next fall.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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