Critics, Watchdogs Question Stealth Cuba Lobbying Campaign

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 00:00

As the Obama administration continues with efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, many questions have been asked regarding the lack of transparency behind the advocacy campaign pushing for the cooperation between the two nations.

Reports investigating the lobbying efforts and behind-the-scenes negotiations have pointed to a Denver-based government relations firm as the leading source behind the million-dollar campaign. However, records disclosing any sort of lobbying movement have yet to turn up on the Congressional database.

Word among Cuba policy specialists suggest that there were public advocacy campaigns and lobbying efforts taking place on behalf of the Obama administrations' rapprochment with Cuba, but there was never any evidence supporting the rumors. Recently, reports have been appearing in various news sources accrediting the Denver firm as the group backing efforts by the President to renew diplomatic relations.

"All we want is a level playing field," said Jason Poblete, registered lobbyist and attorney with Poblete Tamargo LLP, a firm representing claimants seeking compensation for their assets seized by the Castro regime.screen shot 2015-09-22 at 1.41.15 pm

Many government and ethics watchdogs say that lobbying disclosure is based on a self-reporting system, allowing much to go unreported when so little is enforced.


The complete article in the Washington Examiner can be found here