Joe Garcia’s Smarmy Donors – UPDATED

Joe Garcia claims he’s for the U.S. embargo on Cuba. He claims his only beef is with the travel and remittance restrictions on Cuban-Americans which were tightened by President Bush in 2004. I wonder if some of his donors believe him when he says that because there’s some hard-core anti-embargo folks on that donor list as well some unabashed fidelistas.

Bernardo Benes, a dialoguero who was denounced as a castro agent by Manuel Espinosa and is pictured with fidel castro below donated $50 Garcia’s campaign. Benes is an outspoken opponent of the embargo.

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John de Leon, ACLU attorney who threatened Herald Watch with a lawsuit, who has also been to Cuba and is against the embargo. He gave Garcia $500 and is pictured below.

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Elena Freyre, another anti-embargo advocate who’s been to Cuba has given Joe at least $300. She’s pictured below.

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Vicki Huddleston was the head of the U.S. Interests section in Havana at the end of the Clinton administration and the beginning of the Bush administration. She is now an outspoken critic of the embargo. She’s given Joe at least $300. She’s pictured below.

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Saul Landau, a well-known castro sympathizer and embargo opponent has given Joe $50. Notice how Landau characterizes the Cuban-American National Foundation, that Joe Garcia claims he was proud to be executive director of, in this column. If Joe had any pride at all he’d send Landau his stinkin’ 50 bucks back. Landau is pictured below.

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Left-wing blogger Markos Moulitsas who says, “The Florida Republican Party (and some Democrats like Debbie Wasserman Schultz) are kept afloat by the corrupt south-Florida Cuban-American mafia,” has given Joe $350.

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The campaign committees of embargo opponents “Low Rent Charlie” Rangel and Jim McGovern, who has been linked to the Colombian narco-terrorist group FARC, also gave substantial contributions to Garcia’s campaign.

So Joe can try to finesse the issue of the embargo all he wants but it’s transparent that he’d never do anything to defend it if he somehow got himself elected. Of course Cuban-Americans know this and that’s why they are going for Mario Diaz-Balart at a ratio of more than 2-1 according to a survey taken by pollster Sergio Bendixen who incidentally gave Joe’s campaign $1000.

UPDATE: Dr. de la Cova adds to the list. I don’t recognize every anti-embargo activist’s name but he does

Alfredo Duran, pictured below with fidel castro. according to Professor de la Cova, Castro rewarded Duran for his anti-embargo activism by restoring his Cuban citizenship.:
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Frank Mankiewicz, an anti-embargo activist for more than three decades, seen on the right in this photo with Fidel Castro.

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Alfred Padula, a retired History professor from the University of Maine who has written on energy and development in Cuba and has been an avid anti-embargo opponent for more than three decades. In 1979, he participated in the National Conference on Cuba in New York, which called for ending the embargo.

20 thoughts on “Joe Garcia’s Smarmy Donors – UPDATED”

  1. “The Florida Republican Party (and some Democrats like Debbie Wasserman Schultz) are kept afloat by the corrupt south-Florida Cuban-American mafia,”

    Isn’t this a libelous statement?

  2. And by the way, doesn’t this Markos person look reputable, level-headed and trustworthy? Sheesh. The guy looks like somebody desperate for attention or notoriety, any way he can get it. Hell, with those bug eyes, he looks like he has a thyroid condition. Scary.

  3. It looks like the Leningrad All-Star Team’s starting line-up..and now batting fourth, the team captain..Joedilocks!

    I think I need a shower!

  4. Oh, I forgot, great gel job, Markos. Or mousse. Or whatever. You still look like you’re trying to compensate for some sort of deficiency. Sad how some people will do anything, even be downright obnoxious, if that’s what it takes to get attention.

  5. I agree with everything in Henry’s post, but I wouldn’t necessarily throw Nat Chediak completely under the bus. I actually liked the guy a lot and he should be credited with making the Miami International Film Festival the huge success it has become. He always presented a lot of anti-communist films from behind the iron curtain and I always assumed he had a pretty “vertical” postion in regard to Cuba. If I am wrong, then I am disappointed. Or maybe he became embittered after the film festival was taken from him and he has changed completely?

    Anyway, incredibly bad company for Joe Garcia.

  6. I don’t know enough about Chediak to characterize him as smarmy, that’s my mistake but he is against the embargo and my point that Garcia says he’s for it.

  7. Henry,
    Strike three. You also omitted Alfred Padula, a retired History professor from the University of Maine who has written on energy and development in Cuba and has been an avid anti-embargo opponent for more than three decades.
    In 1979, he participated in the National Conference on Cuba in New York, which called for ending the embargo.
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/dialogue/conference.htm
    On Nov. 1-4, 1989, Padula participated in the conference “Thirty Years of the Cuban Revolution: An Assessment,” in Halifax, Canada, with the assistance of twenty Cuban government officials.

  8. Henry,
    You need to take a closer look at the list of donors. It includes Lisandro Perez-Rey, the son of your nemesis Lisandro Perez, another anti-embargo activist like his parents.

  9. If you ask me, this only could lead to the determination that Joe Garcia ACTIVELY sought out all of these anti-embargo folks personally. I mean, how would a retired University of Maine professor find out about a local election thousands of miles away?

    It seems like every major anti-embargo player is on the Joe Garcia bandwagon. So what do all these people know that we don’t know Joe? Might it be possible that you have promised them to get rid of the embargo? What a two-faced, hyprocritical bastard he is. Just like his master Obama.

    Disgusting

  10. “DIME CON QUIEN ANDAS…..Y TE DIRE QUIEN ERES.”

    My abuelita “Mami” always kept that thought in my mind.

  11. Marifeli Perez-Stable is one of the organizers of that National Conference on Cuba in 1979. She is undoubtedly a supporter of Joe Garcia and Raul “Deadlocked Jury” Martinez.

  12. Bernardo Benes donated only $50 to Joe Garcia? What happened to the millions he made when his bank was investigated for laundering drug money from the Colombian cartel in the 1980s? The “corbata barata” business must be doing poorly.
    The threatened lawsuit by John de Leon against Henry is more than a year old. What a pompous ambulance-chasing, showboat lawyer! “For Settlement Purposes Only” indeed, Mr. Fancy Pants. De Leon also threatened Prof. de la Cova with a lawsuit but likewise backed off.

  13. We all know the large majority of goldilocks “contributors” are against the embargo. The biggest contributor by far is the Pac ActBlue a major fundraiser for Democrats which contributed 25,901.78.

    I’m surprised that the infamous Wayne Smith and his “Center for International Policy” are not on the list. I was also very surprised to see Jorge L. Pinion’s name on it.

    Elizabeth L. Newhouse – Editor of Nacional Geographics (contributed $250.00)
    http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/postglobal/needtoknow/2007/03/bushs_delusional_cuba_policy.html

    “Wayne Smith is absolutely right. The Bush policy is nothing short of delusional. I’ve just been in Havana and have seen the suffering it has wrought; the greatly reduced flow of dollars and the limitations on family visits have made the Cubans’ difficult lives painfully more so. (The scenes at the airport are heartbreaking) And the Cuban government? It’s doing fine. And misses no opportunity to blame the U.S. for every misery.”

    I guess that for an editor of a magazine as important as National Geographics Ms. Newhouse shows great ignorance. The suffering is being wrought by the castro brothers madam!

    Lucille Roybal Allard – D-Ca (Contributed $1000.00)
    http://uscubanormalization.blogspot.com/2008/02/congressional-letter-re-castro.html

    This democratic member of the U.S. Congress would have a hissy fit if President Bush decided to pass over the Presidency to his brother Jeb, but I guess it’s OK for the Munificent Prince to inherit the throne in Cuba. Double standards big time!

  14. Once again………Tell me who you walk with and I will tell YOU who you are.

    If you walk like a duck..talk like a duck…hang with ducks…seek abvice from ducks….and swim all over the place like a duck….oñoooo, you are a duck.

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