FL-25: Meet the friends of Joe Garcia — Part 5

As a public service, the following is the fifth installment of an ongoing series that will continue through election day, November 2nd. The data provided comes courtesy of The Shark Tank, a Florida politics blog.

The campaign of Joe Garcia, the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 25th congressional district, has a lot of friends. And since nothing says friendship better than a fat check, they have donated tens of thousands of dollars to Joe Garcia’s campaign. It is important that South Florida voters learn just who are these friends since few things rings truer than the old adage, “tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are.”

So let’s meet some more of Joe Garcia friends:

Augusto Maxwell– Attorney, Akerman/Senterfitt


At Akerman Senterfitt in Miami, lawyers such as Maxwell and his colleague Pedro Freyre say they have a “significant number” of clients they assist by providing information on embargo regulations. That includes European companies that don’t want to run afoul of Helms-Burton.

The lawyers also work on matters related to exceptions to the embargo such as U.S. exports of food, agricultural products and pharmaceuticals to the island for humanitarian reasons. Spending in Cuba by certain groups, including academics, clerics, journalists, some on cultural exchanges and Cuban-Americans visiting relatives, also is permitted as an embargo exemption.

The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, commonly called OFAC, enforces more than 20 economic and trade sanction programs for countries around the world but its main focus has been Cuba.

”I would say the bulk [of the firm’s Cuba work] is OFAC-related,” Maxwell said. “What we’re beginning to grow now is two things: American businesses who are interested in understanding what the law is, and exile Cubans who are interested in understanding what rights they might have for properties in Cuba.” Read more

You can see and read all the installments of this series HERE.

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