Did Betsy DeVos Buy Marco Rubio's Vote?

This is How Betsey DeVos Bought Her Vote From Marco Rubio

While Marco Rubio promised he and his fellow U.S. senators would hold a strong "check and balance" on Donald Trump, that apparently didn't apply to his decision on Betsy DeVos — or anything else for that matter.

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The Cuban-American Florida senator has so far backed 100 percent of Trump's nominees and plans, including the vote for DeVos as secretary of education. But the dirty catch? The multi-billionaire seems to have offered a very generous donation to Rubio's campaign — more than any other senator who backed her nomination. 

Rubio accepted a total of $98,300 from DeVos and her family members, according to Federal Election Commission reports tallied by the Center for American Progress (CAP).

DeVos, the daughter of a billionaire industrialist and chair of the Windquest Group, an investment management firm she started with her husband, has not hid her heavy donations to Republican causes, either.

"I have decided, however, to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence," DeVos said in the '90s. "Now I simply concede the point. They are right ... We expect a return on our investment."

Rubio spokesperson Christina Mandreucci released a statement defending his vote.

"People contribute to Senator Rubio's campaign because they support his agenda," she said. "Ms. DeVos is a strong supporter of empowering parents and providing educational opportunity for all, policies Senator Rubio has supported for over a decade. Her nomination was opposed by Democrats who take millions of dollars from the big unions obsessed with denying school choice to low-income children."

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DeVos, who has said her mission in schools is to "advance God's kingdom," has had no experience in education and is committed to breaking down the public education system.