No Taxpayer $ for Foreign Politicians!

USAID (the United States Agency for International Development) announced that it will divert $41.9 million in aid funds allocated to Central America and instead send it to the Venezuelan opposition in order “to pay for their salaries, airfare, ‘good governance’ training, propaganda, technical assistance for holding elections and other ‘democracy-building’ projects.” Join us to put a stop to USAID’s funding of Venezuelan politicians!


Dear Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,

I am writing to express my serious concern regarding the plans by USAID to fund the faction of the Venezuelan opposition led by National Assembly President Juan Guaidó, referred to by the U.S. Government as the interim president of the country. According to news reports, at least $41.9 million in humanitarian aid for Central America is to be diverted to pay “for salaries, travel, communications equipment, technical assistance and training for the management of a government budget and other needs for the Venezuelan opposition.”

Leaving aside the issue of whether the U.S. Government should play a role in determining who the president of Venezuela is, it is unacceptable that taxpayers such as myself should have their hard-earned dollars sent to foreign politicians, particularly when some of it will be used for “propaganda,” as the L.A. Times reported.

This diversion of funds raises worrisome questions given Mr. Guaidó’s apparent links to corruption and drug cartels. USAID will reportedly manage the funds itself, perhaps because his team has already embezzled humanitarian aid. If USAID does not trust the Venezuelan opposition to manage U.S. taxpayer money, why is it giving it to them in the first place?

Furthermore, Mr. Guaidó was photographed with several drug traffickers and, according to reports, received logistical support from a paramilitary drug cartel. How will the Department of State ensure that taxpayer money given to Mr. Guaidó’s party does not end up in the hands of violent cartels?

On October 3, Mr. Guaidó’s representative in Washington, Carlos Vecchio, travelled to Florida and participated in a political event with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Did the funding for Mr. Vecchio’s trip to Florida come from U.S. taxpayer money? How can American taxpayers be assured that their money is not being used by foreign politicians to influence policy in the United States?

Finally, in addition to cutting the financing for the Venezuelan opposition, I call on the State Department to commission an investigation to find out what the sanctions on Venezuela are costing the American people. Are Americans paying more for gasoline because of the sanctions? What U.S. businesses are being harmed by the closure of access to the Venezuelan market?

The United States Government has a duty to spend taxpayer money in a responsible manner. USAID’s redirecting of aid to Central America in order to pay for the salaries and airfare of foreign politicians is a gross violation of this duty. I hope you will do right by American taxpayers and reverse this decision.

Respectfully,

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  • Art Felsinger
    signed 2019-11-19 18:57:59 -0500
  • Andy Andre
    signed 2019-11-18 00:36:09 -0500
  • Steven Kroeger
    signed 2019-11-13 23:13:30 -0500
  • Chris Kermiet
    signed 2019-11-12 23:54:54 -0500
  • Orion Cooper
    signed 2019-11-12 23:39:03 -0500
  • Harold Adolph Meyer, Jr
    signed 2019-11-10 22:34:56 -0500
  • Frances Dunham
    signed 2019-11-10 18:38:35 -0500
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    @Alexistori5 tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-06 17:17:53 -0500
    USAID is diverting $41.9 million from aid programs in Central America and giving it to Juan Guaidó and his cronies in the Venezuelan opposition. Join us in telling the State Department that our tax money shouldn’t line the pockets of politicians! https://www.codepink.org/usaid_venezuela?recruiter_id=836867
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2019-11-06 17:17:31 -0500
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  • David Henning
    signed 2019-11-05 09:36:40 -0500
  • Ed Perry
    @edpgsa tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-03 21:35:29 -0500
    USAID is diverting $41.9 million from aid programs in Central America and giving it to Juan Guaidó and his cronies in the Venezuelan opposition. Join us in telling the State Department that our tax money shouldn’t line the pockets of politicians! https://www.codepink.org/usaid_venezuela?recruiter_id=349387
  • Ed Perry
    signed 2019-11-03 21:35:15 -0500
  • Donald Frischmann
    signed 2019-11-03 11:30:41 -0500
    This is yet another shameful act to spark division and coups in Latin America.
  • Doris Katzen
    signed 2019-11-02 10:36:13 -0400
  • Kathryn Little
    signed 2019-11-01 18:01:53 -0400
  • Kim Pratt
    signed 2019-10-31 14:19:24 -0400
  • Mary Margaret Pruitt
    signed 2019-10-31 00:19:38 -0400
    Mary Margaret Pruitt
  • Barbara Macalpine
    signed 2019-10-31 00:05:07 -0400
  • Mary Hanson
    signed 2019-10-30 22:06:53 -0400
  • Michael Wright
    signed 2019-10-30 20:51:29 -0400
  • Daniel Gilman
    signed 2019-10-30 14:02:57 -0400
  • Paul Thomas
    signed 2019-10-30 13:22:56 -0400
  • Donald Mackler
    signed 2019-10-30 10:52:00 -0400
  • Chris Ford
    signed 2019-10-29 18:24:05 -0400
    The U.S. should leave Venezuela to Venezuelans. They have a democracy that functions at least as well as that in the U.S., or would if the U.S.quit wasting millions of dollars in tax money to starve Venezuelans with an embargo; undertake repeated coup d’erat attempts, all of which have failed because more Venezuelans are against U.S. meddling in their affairs than the current president of that nation; fund the small but violent right wing “opposition” who have committed acts of terrorism on Venezuelan soil; and line the pockets of corrupt “officials” who seek to execute a soft coup (which was tried once and failed). In short, U.S. OUT of Venezuela.
  • Susan Scott
    signed 2019-10-29 17:51:19 -0400
    It’s decisions like this that delegitimize ANY group with USAID funding.
  • Sonia Noemi Cross
    signed 2019-10-29 03:03:25 -0400
  • kevin eisenstaedt
    signed 2019-10-28 23:17:41 -0400
  • Ken McDaniel
    signed 2019-10-26 23:30:12 -0400
  • Kimber Kaushik
    signed 2019-10-26 20:39:27 -0400
  • Carlos Munoz
    signed 2019-10-26 15:45:31 -0400
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