Will Miami-Dade County Keep Supporting Maduro's Ally, Odebrecht?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Kudos to the Board of Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, which passed a resolution yesterday condemning the repressive actions of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro.

But the question now is:

Will Miami-Dade County continue handing billions in taxpayer funds to Odebrecht, the Brazilian conglomerate that has been a main backer of the Chavez and Maduro governments?

Or was the resolution an exercise in empty rhetoric?

Similar to its partnership with Castro's military, Odebrecht has been a strategic ally of Chavez and Maduro.

We reiterate, Odebrecht is not a company that casually cuts a deal or two with tyrannical regimes. It is the gold standard of companies that profit from repressive regimes throughout the world.

In Venezuela, this company is behaving very well,” Chavez said in 2008, recalling that Odebrecht refused to participate in the opposition's 2002 strike that shut down Venezuela.

Odebrecht has partnered with Chavez-Maduro in infrastructure, real estate, industrial, oil and gas and petrochemical projects.

Chavez loved Odebrecht so much that he once "joked" he was converting its CEO, Marcelo Odebrecht, to "21st century socialism."

Odebrecht even donated money for a book on Simon Bolivar for Chavez to distribute during one of his political campaigns.

And when Chavez died, it rooted for Maduro to replace him.

So will Miami-Dade County really stand with Venezuelan-Americans against their brethren's repressors?

Or will it keep forking over their taxpayer funds to Maduro's business partner, Odebrecht?