Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
I am an anti-Embargo Republican from Massachusetts.
The Embargo is anti-American since it limits OUR freedom of trade and travel.
It is a 50+ year old failed “Plan A” to get rid of the Castro brothers and will not work next year or the year after that.
Mauricio Claver-Carone’s anti-American US Cuba PAC does nothing to promote democracy in Cuba and only serves to continue to restrict all Americans’ rights of trade and travel.
I welcome the opportunity to expose all who are tied to this organization. I was reading an article by William Vidal titled “Cuba PAC sell access to keep failed embargo alive” with this first paragraph.
Today the US- Cuba Democracy PAC had their annual fundraising luncheon at the Biltmore Hotel. These days, since it’s increasingly difficult for them to raise money in support of the embargo, they change the focus of the event to “honoring” our elected leaders. A veritable who’s who of mostly Republican businessmen and women pay up to $10,000 per table not because they really support the positions of the PAC, but for the opportunity to schmooze it up with the Cuban-American stars of the Senate, such as Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and that rascally rabbit, Bob Menendez. The honorees take the podium and recite the tired old talking points “lifting the embargo would be a unilateral concession, blah blah, Cuba won’t change until the last Castro is out of government, blah blah, God bless America!” K-ching, k-ching. With this money, the PAC continues to stall any effort in Capitol Hill to open up to Cuba, hoping the embargo will make conditions inside the island so desperate that the Castro regime will come crashing down at the hands of the starved masses and democracy will rise from the ashes.
I found this article to be very informative so I elaborated on it to include this information below. Here is the information about the fund raising event:
You are cordially invited to the US Cuba Democracy PAC’s 10th Annual Luncheon honoring history’s four Cuban American Senators
with special guests
Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
Congresman Albio Sires
Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez
Former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Friday March 8, 2013 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables Florida.
$1,500 to $10,000 per table.
The article links over to OpenSecrets.org summary of US Cuba Democracy PAC money raised and money spent. I have summarized the information below.
Total donations received in 2012 was $426,643 by just over 100, what I like to call anti-American pro-Embargo donors.
Donor name and company or organization name
ALAMO, ANTONIO MR MANDALAY RESORT GROUP
ALBAREDA, ELENA MRS HOMEMAKER
ALBAREDA, NELSON JESUS MR EVENTUS MARKETING, INC.
ALBELO, CONCEPCION MRS HOMEMAKER
ALEMAN, RALPH MR PALMETTO GENERAL HOSPITAL
ALONSO HERNANDEZ, MIRTA MRS HOMEMAKER
ALVAREZ, CESAR L MR GREENBERG TRAURIG, L.L.P.
ALZUGARAY, CONCEPCION MRS HOMEMAKER
ARCE, SERGIO MR RETIRED
ARISTA, EDUARDO R MR ESQ ARISTA & FELDMAN P.A.
ARRIZURIETA, JORGE MR ARRIZURIETA & ASSOCIATES
BATLLE, ANGEL MR AMERICAN AIRLINES
BENITEZ JR, VICTOR MR JR GUS MACHADO FORD
BENITEZ, OTTO MR RETIRED
CAMPO, CARY MRS HOMEMAKER
CAMPO, MARIA MRS HOMEMAKER
CAMPO, OTTO P MR MCCI, CORP.
CAPOTE, MAYRA F DR PHYSICIAN
CARBONELL MONGE, ANA MRS POLITICAL CONSULTANT
CARBONELL, NESTOR MR PEPSI CORPORATION
CARDENAS, ALBERTO R MR CARDENAS PARTNERS
CENTURION, ALEJANDRO DR STANFORD MEDICAL CENTER
CENTURION, CARLOS MR RESTAURANT OWNER
CIVES, ANGEL M MR CONSTRUCTION
CLAVER-CARONE, MAURICIO MR ESQ CUBA DEMOCRACY ADVOCATES, INC.
COSCULLUELA, MARIA E MRS INTERIOR DESIGNER
COTO, MANUEL DR CENTRAL FL VETERANS HOSPITAL
CUSTIN, DAVID MR D.R.C. & ASSOCIATES
CUTILLAS, JORGE MR PRIVATE INVESTOR
DAVILA, GARDENIA MRS HOMEMAKER
DE LA CRUZ, FERNANDO DR PHYSICIAN
DE LA CRUZ, LUCY DR JACKSON HOSPITAL
DE LA PENA, MIRIAM MRS HOMEMAKER
DEL AGUILA, JOSE MR TRANSPORTATION BUSINESS OWNER
DEL COLLADO, ANTOLIN MR RETIRED
DELGADO, JOAQUIN R MR WOODS MANAGEMENT
DEUTSH, GLADYS MRS HOMEMAKER
DIAZ, DANIEL J MR ATTORNEY
DIAZ, FAUSTO G MR JR ALL AMERICAN CONTAINERS
DIAZ, GABRIEL MR RETIRED
DIAZ, JACQUELINE MRS ERNST & YOUNG
DIAZ, ROSA MARIA MRS ALL AMERICAN CONTAINERS
DIAZ-OLIVER, REMEDIOS MRS ALL AMERICAN CONTAINERS
ENRIQUEZ, ENRIQUE MR MANAGER
FANJUL JR, JOSE MR FLORIDA CRYSTALS
FARRA, MIGUEL G MR ESQ MORRISON, BROWN, ARGIZ, PA
FELDENKREIS, GEORGE MR PERRY ELLIS INTERNATIONAL
FITERRE, ISELA MRS MIAMI DADE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
FORTUN, SILVIA E MRS HOMEMAKER
GARCIA, ISABEL MRS RETIRED
GARCIA-BENGOCHEA, JAVIER DR PHYSICIAN
GARRANDEZ, MARTHA MRS HOMEMAKER
GARRIDO, ANGEL ERNESTO DR PHYSICIAN
GONZALEZ, JOHN M MR PECK, MADIGAN, JONES LLP
GONZALEZ, NOYDE MRS RETIRED
GUTIERREZ, CARLOS M MR CITIGROUP
GUTIERREZ, EDILIA MRS HOMEMAKER
HERNANDEZ, ALBERTO M DR PHYSICIAN
HERNANDEZ, GREGORY MR ESQ ATTORNEY
HERNANDEZ, MERCEDES MRS HOMEMAKER
HERNANDEZ, RODOLFO DR PSYCHCARE, INC.
INFANTE, CHRISTIAN H MR SFM SERVICES, INC.
INFANTE, JOSE MR SFM SERVICES, INC.
IRIONDO, SYLVIA MRS TARAFA & IRIONDO CORPORATION
JIDY, LELIA MRS HOMEMAKER
LAGO, TERESA MRS HOMEMAKER
LAUCIRICA, RODOLFO MR RETIRED
LEE, MARY MRS HOMEMAKER
LEON, JR, BENJAMIN MR LEON MEDICAL CENTERS
LESTEIRO, RIGOBERTO MR TROPICAL PALLETS, INC.
LEVITAN, AIDA MS THE LEVITAN GROUP
LLERENA, RENE MR RETIRED
LOPEZ CANTERA, AMADA MRS CANTERA & ASSOCIATES
LOPEZ CANTERA, CARLOS MR INVESTOR
LOPEZ, JORGE LUIS MR ATTORNEY
LOPEZ-BENDIT, MIGUEL MR RETIRED
MACHADO, GUS MR GUS MACHADO ENTERPRISES
MACHADO, LILLIAM MRS MGM ADVERTISING AGENCY
MARCOS, MARIORI MRS MUSIC PRODUCER
MARTINEZ, MIMI MRS REAL ESTATE AGENT
MARTINEZ, WALTER MR RETIRED
MARTIN-LAVIELLE, ANA MRS ATTORNEY
MASER, RICHARD MR ENGINEER
MEJIA, BELKYS MRS HOMEMAKER
MENDEZ, OSCAR MR RETIRED
MUNILLA JR, PEDRO MANUEL MR MCM CONSTRUCTION
MUNILLA, FERNANDO MR MCM CORPORATION
MUNILLA, JORGE MR MCM CORPORATION
MUNILLA, JUAN MR MCM CORPORATION
MUNILLA, MADELEINE MRS HOMEMAKER
MUNILLA, PEDRO MR MCM CONSTRUCTION
MURGADO, MARIO MR BRICKELL MOTORS
NEGRIN, SILVINO MR PHARMACIST
NORIEGA, ROGER F MR VISION AMERICAS, LLP
NUHFER, ESTHER MS COMMUNICATION SOLUTIONS, INC.
NUNEZ, CARLOS MR LEON MEDICAL CENTERS
NUNEZ, DENISE MRS HOMEMAKER
NUNEZ, MARIA MRS HOMEMAKER
ORTEGA, JOSE A MR STRATEGIC TRADING INCORPORATED
ORTIZ, EMILIO MR RETIRED
OYARZUN, RAMON MR SILVER EAGLE DISTRIBUTORS
PACHECO, RAMON MR PACHECO & ASSOCIATES
PADRON, ERIC MR ATTORNEY
PADRON, EVERARDO E MR CARIBBEAN FIBERGLASS, INC.
PADRON, MELISSA A MS ACTOR/PRODUCER
PAUL, JORDAN MR MOROCCAN AMERICAN CENTER
PEDROSA, NILDA MRS FIU SCHOOL OF LAW
PENA, CONSTANTINO DR PHYSICIAN
PENIN, CARLOS A MR CAS GROUP
PINA, ALICIO MR BAXTER & ELIAS
PINO, SERGIO MR CENTURY BUILDER’S GROUP, INC.
PINO, TATIANA MRS HOMEMAKER
PONCE, ANOLAN MRS MGR REAL ESTATE
PRADO, CESAR MR AUTOMOBILE DEALER
PRELLEZO, ESTEBAN J MR MERRILL LYNCH
PUIG, ILEANA MRS RETIRED
PUJALS, ANA MRS ESQ ATTORNEY
PUJALS, VICTOR MR CDM, CORP.
RASCO, RAMON MR ATTORNEY
REICH, OTTO MR OTTO REICH ASSOCIATES
RODRIGUEZ, MADELINE MRS INTERIOR DESIGNER
RODRIGUEZ, MARTHA R MRS HOMEMAKER
ROQUE DE ESCOBAR, MARIO MR RETIRED
SAN PEDRO, MARIA MRS RETIRED
SANCHEZ, MARIA ELENA MRS HOMEMAKER
SANCHEZ, RAUL MR RESTAURANT OWNER
SANCHEZ, ROBERTO MR HEALTH CARE CONSULTING SERVICE
SAYFIE, JUSTIN MR ESQ BLOSSER & SAYFIE
SEQUEIRA, ROBERTO MR SEQUEIRA & GAVARRETE
SILBEY, ALEXANDER MR ATS COMMUNICATIONS
SOLARES, ANDRES MR TALMAC INC.
SUAREZ, DIEGO MR INTERAMERICAN TRANSPORT
TORRES, MARIA J MRS PREVENTION CARE DENTAL, INC.
UNANUE, MARIA C MRS HOMEMAKER
VALDES, NADIA MRS REALTOR
VALLS, JR, FELIPE MR VALLS GROUP
WEAVER, DOUG MR RETIRED
WILLIAMS, JAMES R MR CANTERA AND ASSOCIATES
WILLIAMS, VIVIAN MRS CANTERA & ASSOCIATES
Alphabetical list of companies and organizations
ALL AMERICAN CONTAINERS
ARISTA & FELDMAN P.A.
ARRIZURIETA & ASSOCIATES
BAXTER & ELIAS
BLOSSER & SAYFIE
CANTERA AND ASSOCIATES
CARIBBEAN FIBERGLASS, INC.
CENTRAL FL VETERANS HOSPITAL
CENTURY BUILDER’S GROUP, INC.
COMMUNICATION SOLUTIONS, INC.
CUBA DEMOCRACY ADVOCATES, INC.
D.R.C. & ASSOCIATES
ERNST & YOUNG
EVENTUS MARKETING, INC.
FIU SCHOOL OF LAW
GREENBERG TRAURIG, L.L.P.
GUS MACHADO ENTERPRISES
GUS MACHADO FORD
HEALTH CARE CONSULTING SERVICE
LEON MEDICAL CENTERS
MANDALAY RESORT GROUP
MGM ADVERTISING AGENCY
MGR REAL ESTATE
MIAMI DADE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
MOROCCAN AMERICAN CENTER
MORRISON, BROWN, ARGIZ, PA
OTTO REICH ASSOCIATES
PACHECO & ASSOCIATES
PALMETTO GENERAL HOSPITAL
PECK, MADIGAN, JONES LLP
PERRY ELLIS INTERNATIONAL
PREVENTION CARE DENTAL, INC.
SEQUEIRA & GAVARRETE
SFM SERVICES, INC.
SILVER EAGLE DISTRIBUTORS
STANFORD MEDICAL CENTER
STRATEGIC TRADING INCORPORATED
TARAFA & IRIONDO CORPORATION
THE LEVITAN GROUP
TRANSPORTATION BUSINESS OWNER
TROPICAL PALLETS, INC.
VISION AMERICAS, LLP
US House and Senate Recipients
Contributions from this PAC to federal candidates (38% to Democrats, 62% to Republicans) $304,000 total given away
Total to Democrats: $105,500
Total to Republicans: $139,000
Adams, Sandy (R-FL) $3,500
Altmire, Jason (D-PA) $2,000
Austria, Steve (R-OH) $1,000
Baca, Joe (D-CA) $8,500
Barrow, John (D-GA) $1,000
Bass, Charles (R-NH) $1,000
Boehner, John (R-OH) $5,000
Braley, Bruce (D-IA) $4,000
Broun, Paul (R-GA) $2,500
Buerkle, Ann Marie (R-NY) $2,500
Burton, Dan (R-IN) $1,000
Cantor, Eric (R-VA) $10,000
Carter, John (R-TX) $1,000
Chandler, Ben (D-KY) $2,000
Cole, Tom (R-OK) $2,000
Connolly, Gerry (D-VA) $3,500
Denham, Jeff (R-CA) $2,500
Dent, Charlie (R-PA) $1,000
Deutch, Ted (D-FL) $2,000
Duffy, Sean P (R-WI) $2,000
Duncan, Jeff (R-SC) $1,000
Engel, Eliot L (D-NY) $7,000
Fitzpatrick, Michael G (R-PA) $2,000
Fleischmann, Chuck (R-TN) $2,000
Fortenberry, Jeff (R-NE) $2,000
Foxx, Virginia (R-NC) $2,000
Frankel, Lois J (D-FL) $2,500
Garrett, Scott (R-NJ) $2,500
Granger, Kay (R-TX) $5,000
Graves, Sam (R-MO) $1,000 We know Rep Sam Graves became pro-Embargo after receiving funds from US Cuba PAC
Graves, Tom (R-GA) $4,500
Grimm, Michael (R-NY) $7,000
Hanna, Richard (R-NY) $1,000
Hayworth, Nan (R-NY) $1,000
Heck, Joe (R-NV) $1,000
Herrera Beutler, Jaime (R-WA) $1,000
Higgins, Brian M (D-NY) $3,500
Hudson, Richard (R-NC) $2,000
Huizenga, Bill (R-MI) $1,000
Jordan, Jim (R-OH) $1,000
Keating, Bill (D-MA) $5,000
King, Steven A (R-IA) $2,000
Kingston, Jack (R-GA) $2,000
Labrador, Raul (R-ID) $1,000
Lamborn, Douglas L (R-CO) $3,500
Landry, Jeff (R-LA) $1,000
Latham, Tom (R-IA) $4,000
Lipinski, Daniel (D-IL) $1,000
Long, Billy (R-MO) $1,000
Maldonado, Abel (R-CA) $2,000
Marino, Tom (R-PA) $1,000
McCaul, Michael (R-TX) $1,000
McClintock, Tom (R-CA) $1,000
McCotter, Thaddeus G (R-MI) $2,500
McIntyre, Mike (D-NC) $5,000
McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (R-WA) $1,000
Meehan, Patrick (R-PA) $1,000
Mica, John L (R-FL) $1,000
Miller, Brad (D-NC) $1,000
Murphy, Tim (R-PA) $1,000
Neugebauer, Randy (R-TX) $2,000
Noem, Kristi (R-SD) $1,000
Nugent, Richard (R-FL) $2,500
Nunnelee, Alan (R-MS) $1,000
Palazzo, Steven (R-MS) $1,000
Pascrell, Bill Jr (D-NJ) $4,000
Perlmutter, Edwin G (D-CO) $1,000
Pompeo, Mike (R-KS) $1,000
Price, Tom (R-GA) $1,000
Reichert, Dave (R-WA) $1,000
Reyes, Silvestre (D-TX) $3,500
Rigell, Scott (R-VA) $2,000
Rivera, Luis Antonio (D-FL) $10,000
Rogers, Hal (R-KY) $6,000
Roskam, Peter (R-IL) $2,000
Ross, Dennis (R-FL) $2,500
Rothman, Steven R (D-NJ) $2,000
Royce, Ed (R-CA) $1,000
Runyan, Jon (R-NJ) $1,000
Schiff, Adam (D-CA) $1,000
Schrader, Kurt (D-OR) $1,000
Schultz, Debbie Wasserman (D-FL) $10,000
Scott, Tim (R-SC) $1,000
Sherman, Brad (D-CA) $10,000
Sires, Albio (D-NJ) $5,000
Smith, Chris (R-NJ) $1,000
Southerland, Steve (R-FL) $2,500
Stivers, Steve (R-OH) $1,000
Tiberi, Patrick J (R-OH) $1,000
Walberg, Tim (R-MI) $1,000
Whitfield, Ed (R-KY) $1,000
Wilson, Frederica (D-FL) $7,000
Wilson, Joe (R-SC) $2,000
Womack, Steve (R-AR) $1,000
Wu, David (D-OR) $3,000
Yoder, Kevin (R-KS) $3,500
Yoho, Ted (R-FL) $1,000
Total to Democrats: $9,500
Total to Republicans: $50,000
Allen, George (R-VA) $2,000
Begich, Mark (D-AK) $2,500
Berg, Rick (R-ND) $3,000
Berkley, Shelley (D-NV) $2,500
Casey, Bob (D-PA) $2,500
Corker, Bob (R-TN) $1,000
Cornyn, John (R-TX) $1,000
Cruz, Ted (R-TX) $15,000
Donnelly, Joe (D-IN) $1,000
Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY) $1,000
Lee, Mike (R-UT) $1,000
Mack, Connie (R-FL) $1,000
McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) $10,000
Rehberg, Denny (R-MT) $10,000
Snowe, Olympia (R-ME) $5,000
Wicker, Roger (R-MS) $1,000
US Cuba PAC Federal Election Commission Statement
The U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC (“the PAC”) is a small administrative operation.
Most of the PAC’s activities are conducted on a non-compensated, volunteer basis, as it involves individuals that are personally—not professionally—committed to its objectives.
Strictly within the limitations provided by federal law, the PAC strives to keep its expenses to a minimum. Non-administrative expenses, such as PAC-only fundraising events, materials and activities, are promptly and accurately disclosed each reporting period.
The following further clarifies some of the PAC’s administrative expenses:
1. Rent: The PAC does not currently rent any physical office space. The PAC has a U.S. Postal Service Box in Hialeah, FL, which it uses as its mailing address. The cost of this P.O. Box is paid for directly by the PAC. The PAC maintains an additional mailing address from the UPS Store at 2020 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. A rate of $180 is paid for this space—by means of an individual in-kind contribution—on a six-month basis.
2. Salaries: As previously mentioned, most of the activities of individuals involved with the PAC are conducted on a personal, non-compensated, volunteer basis. The public accounting firm of Morrison, Brown, Argiz, and Farra, LLP, provides in-kind accounting services to ensure the PAC’s compliance with the provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act, and is promptly and accurately disclosed.
3. Other Administrative Expenses: Other outsourced administrative expenses, including—but not limited to—graphic design (Mastercom, Inc.), credit card processing (Americart and Bank of America), printing and supplies (Sir Speedy and 12th Avenue Graphics), and website and email maintenance (Burnette Solutions) are specifically disclosed and settled as operating expenses of the PAC. Additionally, all PAC-only mailings (U.S. Postal Service and FedEx expenses) are specifically reflected, whether paid for in-kind or directly by the PAC.