Higher Ed and Rubio's Ties to Billionaire Backer

May 11, 2015

An article in The New York Times explores the way Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican running for president, has supported and been supported by Norman Braman, a billionaire auto dealer and a major donor. Some of those intersections have involved universities. After Rubio left his position in the Florida House of Representatives but before he ran for Senate, he taught at Florida International University, assuring the university he would raise money to pay for his position. Braman donated $100,000. While he was in the Legislature, Rubio played a key role in helping the University of Miami land an $80 million grant for a genomics institute that was a priority of Braman, then vice chair of Miami's board.

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