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Casa de Maryland gets $1.5 million from Citgo (Venezuela government)

Casa de Maryland - a far-left, illegal immigration-supporting group that runs day laborer centers in the Baltimore area and even advertises in competition with U.S. citizens on Craigslist - has received a $1.5 million donation from Citgo Petroleum, which basically translates into being a donation from the government of Venezuela. In November of last year, Casa's Gustavo Torres attended a "revolution in the U.S." conference in that country. And, Citgo has used ethnic solidarity to sell gasoline in the U.S.

Casa is "protected" by the local Democratic machine, and they're set to receive a $1.9 million donation next year from Montgomery County. And:
In 2007, the Venezuelan government expressed interest in helping fund some county programs. But Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett declined to get involved, Mr. Lacefield said.

"I think he felt that we really didn't need assistance from the Venezuelan government to run Montgomery County," he said. "Our attitude was thanks, but no thanks."

Communities served by Casa have already benefited from Citgo programs. Since 2006, Casa has partnered with Citgo in a program that provides heating oil at a discounted rate to families in the area. Citgo began the national program in 2005 with the Venezuelan government and Boston-based Citizens Energy Corp.
The last is linked with the Kennedy family; see "Dial Joe-4-Chavez/Massachusetts Democrats love Venezuela's strongman" (link).

UPDATE: While the report from the WaPo's Alejandro Lazo on this only makes it to page D8, at least it does say this:
The donation will be spread over three years to help fund the group's $4.4 million vocational training and economic development program. It will offer day laborers and other low-income workers skills courses in the construction trades, counseling to small business owners and access to social services. One of the programs encourages the formation of worker-owned cooperatives. Chavez has encouraged such cooperatives as part of his so-called Bolivarian Revolution.

...CASA accepted the money despite the strain [of Chavez' anti-Bush tirades, etc.], said Kim Propeack, advocacy director for the group, because few corporations have stepped up to make similar donations.

"Citgo is a large corporation, and it is all too rare in this world that large corporations have a responsibility to the community from which they garner their profits," Propeack said.

Others focused on Chavez's political goals. "He is committed to creating this constituency in the United States and also to embarrassing the United States," said Michael E. Shifter, vice president for policy at Inter-American Dialogue, a policy forum on Latin America-U.S. relations. "That here is this Third World country that is really taking care of social problems in the United States that the United States is not able to deal with -- I think that is politically what Chavez tries to do."
A former State Department official then puts some pro-Chavez spin on it.

Immigration2008a · Tue, 08/05/2008 - 16:29 · Importance: 4

Wed, 08/06/2008 - 02:51
Fred Dawes
Http//www.myspace.com/freddawes1776

Can I get 1.5 million from our so called government? that is helping citgo make billion's of each day? Today a great thing happened a low life pig mexico gang member was sent to hell his pig name was Medrllin he beat to death two girls and tortured both for hours before strangle both so will this pig boys in casa de maryland also used the money to help low life gamg members murder young girls? And Americans?

Wed, 08/06/2008 - 22:52
Mary

So Chavez is aiding Bush in his eforts to destroy America......gee what a suprise! And the mexican Army can come and go as they please in this country and threaten our border patrol agents as well...no wonder no one will join up.....which is exactly what Bush wants ...and why Ramos and Compean remain in prison. And the drug dealer they shot gets less time in prison...9 and a half years....Tell me we aren't already a Banana Republic???!!!!

Sat, 08/09/2008 - 07:57
Fred Dawes
Http//www.myspace.com/freddawes1776

Bush is in fact helping Red China in all areas, Chavez has a deal with Red China and Bush has his deal with Red China, but we have no deal with our government is that madness or normal for a one world ruler?