Do Rubio's denials on credit card charges meet the smell test?

The Marco Rubio camp is apoplectic this morning following the leak reported by the Miami Herald/St  Pete Times last night of personlized items that the former House Speaker charged to a Republican Party credit card from 2005 to 2008.

Among the embarrassing charges that Rubio used the credit card for include a $133.75 trip to an upscale barber shop in downtown Miami called Churchills.

These are the key graphs in the story written by Beth Reinhard and Scott Hiassen:

Rubio said the party allowed him to put personal expenses on the card — and the party reviewed his bill monthly.

``I was as diligent as possible to ensure the party did not pay for items that were unrelated to party business,'' Rubio said in a written statement. ``There was no formal process provided by the Party regarding personal charges.''

Party spokeswoman Katie Gordon said the card was not supposed to be used for personal expenses. ``The RPOF American Express card is a corporate card and is meant to be used for business expenses.''

Donations to parties must go exclusively toward influencing elections under IRS rules.