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MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge ordered a former Florida Republican congressman on Tuesday to pay $456,000 for secretly funneling thousands of dollars to a little-known Democratic candidate in 2012 to try to weaken a political rival.

U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke sided with the Federal Election Commission in its civil case against ex-Rep.

David Rivera.

The FEC had claimed that Rivera secretly and illegally contributed nearly $76,000 to Justin Sternad in an attempt to weaken the rival Democratic campaign of Joe Garcia, who eventually won the Miami-area seat.

Sternad and Rivera associate Ana Alliegro previously pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the scheme. Rivera has never been charged with a crime and has long denied wrongdoing.

Since losing in 2012, Rivera has made other unsuccessful runs for Congress. He was elected last year to the Miami GOP’s executive committee. Several months earlier, Florida Democrats had called for a congressional investigation into Rivera’s business dealings with Venezuela’s state-owned oil monopoly, PDVSA — after a lawsuit revealed that his consulting firm had been awarded a $50 million consulting contract in 2017.

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Canelo Álvarez’s year begins against Yildirim in Miami – Latest News, Breaking News, Top News Headlines

Erika montoya

Miami, Florida / 27.02.2021 03:36:28

Saul Alvarez He is already eager for the bell to ring and kick off a year that promises to take his legacy to another level.

This Saturday at the stadium Hard Rock from Miami, Florida, Canelo will face the mandatory challenger endorsed by the World Boxing Council, the Turkish Avni Yildirim, as a requirement to be able to continue with the path in pursuit of the unification of the most relevant belts worldwide. However, the risk is high, as a defeat at this point would derail any plan.

“The truth is that I will have to be more attentive than him, because they have practically nothing to lose and they have everything to gain. That is going to lead them to do anything to achieve it. That makes it much more dangerous for me, a greater responsibility, but here we are with the same responsibility, ”explained Saúl Álvarez, who will compete against a fighter who aspires to become the first Turkish monarch in history.

The motivation to make history, accompanied by the expectation of going down in history as a hero, is the gasoline that fuels Avni Yildirim to seek to impose himself on a fighter who is not only considered king of the pound for pound, he has also only been defeated once and has maintained an eight-year winning streak.

“The fun is coming for the people, but the hardest part comes for us: winning a fight. We did not trust. The bets do not influence how we present the fight, we want to win it, but we know that we are facing a strong fighter who is inspired. When they go before a champion, the boxer prepares twice, does things twice, expecting some mistake, but we do not make mistakes. Yildirim is strong, tough and packs a punch. They go for everything or nothing and we are not going to expose our project, ”explained Canelo’s coach, Eddy Reynoso.

Saúl Álvarez is only two wins over the champions Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant to be able to rise as the first undisputed champion that Mexico has, a distinction that no tricolor has achieved.

“I’m happy, because they say that what is done well cannot go wrong. We prepare well, responsibly. What I hope is an exciting fight, I think Yildirim’s style will allow me to make my fight, cancel it, ”added the man from Guadalajara, who also puts on the line his record of 54 wins, 36 knockouts, one loss and two draws.

Today’s pound-for-pound king noted that any fight requires sacrifice and in order to maintain his status, he is willing to do whatever it takes to show the supremacy that led him to take over the top position in boxing. .

« For that we are here, we have to be aware of the sacrifice, we know that it is part of … it is what we wanted to be, now we screw ourselves, » he added.

Canelo stressed that he expects a shock fight against Yildirim, as the physical characteristics and heart he has shown indicate that his resources are based on the strength and drive he may have during the 12 rounds.

“His style is to go forward and I am a good counter-puncher. I think the fight will be nicely arranged for people to enjoy. I feel good, it is my perfect environment and they are going to see it ”, he concluded.

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