Venezuelan State-Run Oil Company Donated Half a Million Dollars for Trump Inauguration

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 20, 2017, 12:41 pm
Citgo Petroleum is PDVSA’s only remaining subsidiary in the United States, but is currently mortgaged due to Russian loan (Bombazo).


On Tuesday, the Federal Electoral Commission reported that Citgo Petroleum, the only remaning subsidiary in the United States of the Venezuelan state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), donated half a million dollars for the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.

Citgo, is currently mortgaged as collateral for a loan from Russia. However, it is among 11 companies that donated more than half a million dollars to the committee that was responsible for organizing the Republican candidate’s inauguration ceremony this past January 20th.

Other companies that donated large sums of money are the Reynolds American tobacco company, aviation leader Boeing, Allied Wallet, Intel as well as the oil company Chevron.


PDVSA subsidiary’s contribution surpassed donations by other important companies like Google that contributed USD $285,000, Ford Motor Company with USD $250,000 and Pepsi also with USD $ 250,000 as well as at least another 12 companies.

The organizing committee for Donald Trump’s inauguration collected USD $106.7 million, which was double the amount raised for former President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

“The funds raised for the inaugural celebration allowed President Donald Trump to give the American people the opportunity to experience an incredible moment in our democracy where we witnessed the peaceful transition of power, the cornerstone of American democracy,” said Tom Barrack, chairman of the inaugural committee, in a statement.

While this information was made public, the US State Department issued an appeal to “stop violations and demand accountability in Venezuela‘s protests”, where over the past month seven people have already died and hundreds of people have been arrested for protesting against Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorial regime.

Trump shows no signs of buddying up with Venezuelan dictator Maduro. He and Florida Senator Marco Rubio recently welcomed Lilian Tintori, wife of political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez, to the White House, and he has taken a hard stance against the South American regime.

Source: The Guardian

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Former Mexican Governor Javier Duarte Refuses Extradition from Guatemala

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 20, 2017, 12:14 pm
Javier Duarte

Español Former governor of the state of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, is under custody in Guatemala after being detained in that country last weekend after six months as a fugitive from Mexican justice. On Wednesday, in his first hearing in Guatemalan courts, the former official stated that he will not oppose being extradited to Mexico, but will wait for Mexican authorities to formalize the petition for that procedure. Javier Duarte, who was notified by the Guatemalan prosecutor's office about the accusation against him, said: "I cannot approve my extradition until my defense evaluates the formal request, which has to arrive from Mexico." Read More: Mexican Ex-Governor Javier Duarte Arrested in Mexico Following Six-Month Chase Read More: Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant for Former Governor Javier Duarte Meanwhile, the prosecutor's office stated that: During his term and in coordination with other people, [Duarte] created a complex operation scheme to move funds into the Mexican financial system and thus give them a legal appearance." The former governor, who acknowledged before Judge Adan García that he entered Guatemalan territory six months ago, was reminded that he will not be tried in Guatemala and that the procedure was part of the claim for his extradition to Mexico. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });     On the other hand, the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) reported that on Wednesday Javier Nava Soria was arrested in Spain, who is "linked to the investigations carried out by Mexican authorities in connection with the alleged network of operations with illicit funds" under former governor Javier Duarte's control. This detention, as reported by the PGR, is the result of: "An arrest warrant issued by the District Judge Specialized in the Accusatory Criminal System of the Federal Criminal Justice Center in Mexico City, residing in the northern prison for the crimes of operations with illicit funds and organized crime." Javier Duarte's alleged accomplice was arrested "for purposes of extradition in the city of Cabrils, Barcelona" by agents of the General Directorate of Police of the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Spain. Nava Soria is among the people who collaborated with the former governor as shareholders, accountants, or legal representatives in order to misappropriate public resources and invest them in ghost companies. Sources:El Economista, Animal Político

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