Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has sold a house he co-owned with embattled former congressman David Rivera (R-Fla.), ridding himself of a concrete financial link to a longtime ally who has come under the scrutiny over alleged ties to a campaign finance scheme.

Rubio and Rivera sold the Tallahassee house for $117,000 on Tuesday, his campaign confirmed. The sum is about $18,000 less than they bought it for in 2005.

Rivera was a close ally of Rubio's during the latter's rise through the Florida political ranks. He has come under a cloud in recent years as the target of investigations into his alleged role in a plot to take down a Democratic challenger with a shadow campaign.

The sale frees Rubio of a concrete financial link to Rivera, seen as a potential snag in his bid for the presidency. It also closes the book on what was seen as a failed investment by the two Republicans.

A Rubio spokesman said he did not know who had purchased the home.