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The Fanjuls, Sultans of Sugar, and Domino Sugar

The Fanjul brothers' Domino Sugar and Florida Crystals controls the majority of sugar production in Florida and in parts of the Caribbean such as the Domincan Republic. Their current operations, born out of slavery, are in part responsible for drying up the Everglades, with the attendant vast increase in brush fires, and for sending fertilizer laced run-off to kill large sections of coral reefs off huge areas of the coast in Florida. They and the Bacardis are major funders of anti Cuban right wing terrorist groups based in South Florida.

The Fanjul brothers have perfected the neat trick of using US government subsidies to bribe the US government:

"Former Senator Bill Bradley declared in March '97 that the system of financing campaigns is a disaster that is distorting democracy. Smith presented the Congress amendment on sugar as an example, revealing that concealed in that federal program is the fact that consumers pay eight cents more per pound than they should. According to the General Accounting Office, that signifies that $1.4 billion USD changes hands annually, to the benefit of the magnates.

Critics argue that this program survives year after year because of political money, Smith explained.

He added that in 1995, the 49 members of the House Agriculture Committee received an average of $16,000 USD from the sugar producers, mainly the two largest ones. Moreover, the Fanjul brothers invest money in hundreds of local election campaigns and thus have become, in association with the CANF, an influential factor in U.S. politics over the last 30 years.

The cultivators of sugarcane and its main derivative, alcohol, which is the raw material for rum (thus including Bacardí), are heavy contributors and allies of the Mas Canosa family in financing a wide-ranging group of legislators.

Like the Sultans, the CANF receives several million dollars per year from the U.S. government, part of which is used precisely to finance those who, previously or subsequently, facilitate those funds.

The main source of funds is the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Reagan-created program which hands over money to 39 Democratic and 17 Republican members of Congress, in particular Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Dante Fascell, Robert Torricelli, Lincoln Díaz-Balart, Larry Smith, Ernest Hollings, Robert Graham, Joseph Lieberman, Connie Mack, Orrin G. Hatch, Claude Pepper and others. The Sultans of Sugar are among the principal entrepreneurs to finance politicians from both parties, confirmed US News & World Report in its July 17, 1995 issue.

The magazine reveals that by dividing up the funding for electoral campaigns in the United States between the Republican and Democratic Parties, at the state and national levels, the Fanjul brothers are assured of receiving profits estimated at $64 million USD per year, thanks to the controversial federal government cane sugar program.

The subsidy program has to be approved every five years by Congress. To gain that approval, the Fanjul brothers contribute to the election of Congress members and officials in Florida and a large area of the country with approximately $2 million USD, as far as we know. It is a lucrative business; with that capital, they fund officials and members of Congress and the latter pay them back, not only by protecting the privileged subsidy, but by backing bills that bring them more profits even when, as in the case of the Helms-Burton Act, such legislation goes against U.S. interests."

          Extracted from 'Relaxing' the blockade, Granma, 10/12/0

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Everglades To Be Killed This October by Florida's Own Koch Brothers  3/4/2015 Alternet: "Time magazine has called them the "First Family of Corporate Welfare" John Ellis Bush (JEB), Rick Scott, and other GOP politicians kowtow to this family like no other. They were a top donor for W. And they are almost singlehandedly destroying our Everglades. Welcome to Keeping up with the Fanjul family of Palm Beach. The Fanjul family is synonymous with the term "Big Sugar" here in Florida. They control 1/3 of our nation's raw sugar. "

Dos de cada tres (Los Fanjul)  3/16/2014 Desde La Ceiba 

The Fanjul flak: Typical Miami schizophrenia  2/7/2014 Progreso 

Diaz-Balart to sugar baron: Hey, Alfy, try crying for democracy in Cuba instead of lost mansion  2/6/2014 Naked Politics: "Outraged by a Washington Post report about Florida Crystals' Alfonso Fanjul appearing to sidle up to Cuba's regime, Republican Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Sen. Marco Rubio are hammering away at him. Meantime, Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia has held his fire."

Directo al bolsillo de Fanjul  2/6/2014 Cartas desde Cuba: "El conocido anticastrista Mauricio Claver-Carone amenazó al magnate azucarero Alfonso Fanjul con hacer campaña para que le retiren las subvenciones."

Magnate azucarero Alfonso Fanjul dispuesto ahora a invertir en Cuba bajo “circunstancias adecuadas”  2/2/2014 Progreso Semanal: "Pero el cambio de Fanjul es mucho más significativo. No solo él y su familia controlan una de las mayores operaciones de azúcar en el mundo, sino que también han estado entre los mayores donantes a grupos de activistas como la Fundación Nacional Cubano-Americana y el U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC, que han sido defensores activos de las sanciones comerciales."

Sugar tycoon Fanjul open to investing in Cuba under ‘right circumstances’  2/2/2014 WaPo: "But the shift by Fanjul is far more significant. Not only do he and his family control one of the largest sugar operations in the world, but they also have been major donors to activist groups, such as the Cuban American National Foundation and the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC, that have been vocal advocates for trade sanctions."

Clay Shaw, Big Sugar and the Everglades  9/18/2013 Counterpunch: Big sugar = Domino Sugar, owned by the Fanjul brothers, central pilars of the exiled plantocracy.

The Salting of Florida - And Not a Drop to Drink  6/28/2011 Counterpunch: "Think of Florida's water supply and demand as an elastic band, with the competition for water resources being stretched tighter and tighter by serial assaults on the supply by Big Sugar and developers insisting that the primary purpose of water managers is to deliver as much water as they need, whenever they need it. These are the politics-- backed by unlimited campaign contributions-- a rain of toxic cash-- that forced environmentalists and civic activists to the fringe over the past 40 years, in no small part because the mainstream media refused-- and still refuses-- to give weight to the ethical lapses that will ultimately determine whether we can afford to live in South Florida." [Big Sugar, Domino Sugar, is owned by the Fanjules, a pillar of the Plantocracy who made their fortune in Slavery, did their best to destroy Cuba, and are now destroying Florida.]

Back With a Vengeance? The Florida Growth Machine  10/26/2010 Counterpunch: "Today, efforts by the EPA to impose enforceable limits on phosphorous pollution in the Everglades are opposed by the state, which has taxing authority through the legislature but is afraid to use it. The sugar barons, exemplified by the Fanjul family interests, are pouring money into political campaigns with the seasoned skill of master puppeteers. And that is just the Everglades. Movement by the EPA to impose enforceable limits on phosphorous pollution in all Florida waters has triggered a political backlash wrapping up Democrats and Republicans, threatening riders in Congress to eviscerate the Clean Water Act, despite scientific evidence of human health threats, threats to tourism, and the economy from poisoned waters."

Billionaire won’t fire assisant for KKK link  10/9/2010 Page 6: "Billionaire sugar baron Pepe Fanjul is refusing to fire his executive assistant, Chloe Black, despite her being married first to a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and then to the founder of a white-supremacist group. Chloe, who has worked for the Cuban-born owner of Florida Crystals for more than 35 years, is the ex-wife of former KKK leader David Duke, and the current wife of Don Black, a former KKK grand wizard and member of the American Nazi Party. He now runs white-supremacist Web site StormFront.org."

Billionaire won't fire assisant for KKK link  10/9/2010 NY Post: "Billionaire sugar baron Pepe Fanjul is refusing to fire his executive assistant, Chloe Black, despite her being married first to a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and then to the founder of a white-supremacist group. Chloe, who has worked for the Cuban-born owner of Florida Crystals for more than 35 years, is the ex-wife of former KKK leader David Duke, and the current wife of Don Black, a former KKK grand wizard and member of the American Nazi Party. He now runs white-supremacist Web site StormFront.org."

The Fanjul brothers  9/21/2010 Progreso: An interesting look into the Miami plantocracy, where old slave owning habits die hard - "In 1959, bearded men dressed in olive green entered the Fanjul mansion. At the time, Alfonso was 23 and had just graduated from Fordham University in New York City. His brother, Pepe, was 14. Castro's envoys summoned the entire family, put aside their guns and spread on the table maps that showed the family's properties – cane fields, mills, workers' barracks, mansions, a port. And they told them: “From this day on, all this belongs to the people. All of it!”

Farming the Everglades  1/1/2004 Radio Progresso: "With too few U.S. citizens willing to endure such treatment, programs to bring seasonal workers from places like Jamaica, Barbados, and Haiti began in the 1940s and expanded vastly in the wake of the Cuban Revolution, when the embargo of a foreign competitor allowed Florida sugar production to expand ten-fold. Growers paid the migrant workers a brutal piece rate, demanding that one ton of sugar be cut per hour. Those who complained vocally or organized to go on strike – as 300 did in 1982 at Atlantic Sugar Growers – swiftly found themselves in Miami's international airport, awaiting deportation… Over the years, the Fanjul family has grown accustomed to such high levels of political servicing. As owners of the Florida Crystals Corporation, Cuban-born Alfonso “Alfie” Fanjul, Jr. and his brother Jose, or “Pepe,” have the largest sugar cane holdings in the country. Their personal fortune is estimated conservatively at $500 million. Between 1990 and 2003, the sugar industry, led by the Fanjul brothers, sent $19.3 million in political contributions to Washington, according to the Center For Responsive Politics. Growers spent tens of millions more on local elections, especially in Florida. For the Fanjuls, the American two-party political system entails a simple division of labor: Alfie is a Democrat, Pepe a Republican. Leaders from each party eagerly seek the Fanjuls’ assistance as “Pioneer” class donors and campaign committee chairmen." The Fanjuls and the Bacardis are the financial backbone of the Miami Mafia.

Bush Bros. Wrecking Company - Time Runs Out for the Everglades  12/30/2003 Counterpunch: "The failure of the state to plan for sprawl creeping toward the Everglades Agricultural Area, where sugar is grown, is an enormous impediment to timely and cost-efficient restoration, which will depend -- not on risky technologies like aquifer storage and recovery wells that only engineering companies believe will work -- but on significant additional surface water storage. The imminent arrival of condo farms in the Everglades Agricultural Area -- the "exit strategy" for Big Sugar -- will be facilitated by a new law Gov. Bush supported in 2002 that diminishes citizen standing in challenging bad development decisions by the state or local authorities." Big Sugar here means the Fanjul family, long in the forefront with Bacardi in financing the Miami Mafia. Their exploits in the sugar industry are legendary: from working conditions to large government subsidies to their pollutants, which have killed many of the coral reefs off the coast of Florida.

Florida Gov. Bush Signs Contentious Everglades Bill  5/21/2003 Reuters: "Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signed into law on Tuesday a sugar industry-backed bill relaxing requirements to clean up the Everglades, which critics say threatens the health of the massive Florida wetland." By sugar industry is meant the Fanjul brothers, who own most of it in Florida and finance the Cuban American terrorists along with the Bacardis.

George Bush senior to spend luxury holiday with Gustavo Cisneros  1/30/2003 Vheadlines, Venezuela: "Former US President George P. Bush is heading to the Dominican Republic for a ;uxury holiday, where he will spend quality time with anti-government Venezuelan media tycoon Gustavo Cisneros, who President Hugo Chavez Frias accuses of leading a push for a coup d'etat to have him forcibly removed from office… Bush is set to arrive on the Caribbean island next Tuesday, where he will stay at the Casa de Campo resort owned by the Fanjul brothers, Alfi and Jose ... he will then join the Venezuelan media tycoon in several rounds of golf in the town of La Romana. There are strong indications that Bush will also meet secretly with corruption-impeached former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez. This will be Cisneros' second meeting with a former US President in less than a month, after holding talks with Jimmy Carter in Caracas several weeks ago." See AfroCubaWeb's page on the Fanjuls, Cuban sugar barons in South Florida, who bribed their way into a fortune on the backs of American taxpayers.

Hush Hush Palm Beach Civil Rights Suit Alleges Widespread Corruption & Brutality  10/27/2002 CopWatch: This matter is going to jury trial Nov 12. The Fanjul family is steeped in corruption and, along with the Barcadis, are the major funders of anti-Cuba activity in Florida.

Study details how Cuban exiles have aided key U.S. lawmakers  5/20/2002 Dallas Morning News: "Ms. Thomas said that few foreign citizens play a more active role in seeking to influence U.S. foreign policy than the Bermuda-based Bacardi Martini rum company and sugar barons Alfonso and Jose Fanjul. The Cuban-born brothers, better known as Alfy (a Democrat) and Pepe (a Republican), are Spanish citizens but have homes in West Palm Beach, Fla. Of the $1.8 million contributed between 1999 and 2002, the Fanjul brothers; their corporation, Flo-Sun Sugar; and Bacardi contributed $1.34 million, or 71 percent of the total."

Sweet deal why are these men smiling ? The reason is in your sugar bowl  11/16/1998 CNN: "The name means nothing to most Americans, but the Fanjuls might be considered the First Family of Corporate Welfare. They own Flo-Sun Inc., one of the nation's largest producers of raw sugar. As such, they benefit from federal policies that compel American consumers to pay artificially high prices for sugar. Since the Fanjuls control about one-third of Florida's sugar-cane production, that means they collect at least $60 million a year in subsidies, according to an analysis of General Accounting Office calculations. It's the sweetest of deals, and it's made the family, the proprietors of Casa de Campo, one of America's richest."

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The Sugar Sultans And Bribery, Granma, 4/2000 - the Fanjul brothers

The Price of Sugar is a 2007 documentary by Bill Haney about exploitation of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic involved with production of sugar, and the efforts of Spanish priest Father Christopher Hartley to ameliorate their situation. It is narrated by actor Paul Newman. The documentary shows the poor working conditions in the sugar cane plantations, and political control exerted by the Vicini family to stifle efforts to change the situation….. the movie has resulted in several lawsuits from the Vicini family. [DR sugar is dominated  by the Fanjuls.]

Investment Group Buys Domino Sugar, 7/26/01
Note the next to last paragraph for boast about the days of slavery

BALTIMORE (AP) - Tate & Lyle PLC will sell its North American sugar operations with the brand name Domino Sugar brand for $180 million to an investment group led by a Florida family that was once Cuba's top sugar producer.

The investment group, led by Alfonso and J. Pepe Fanjul, has agreed to pay $155 million in cash on completion of the deal, with the $25 million balance being an interest bearing subordinated 10-year loan note issued by the purchaser.

The group also agreed to pay up to $25 million more over the next four years, depending on how the business performs, said group spokesman Bill Steers.

The purchase includes the Domino brand name and Domino's operations in Baltimore, New York and Chalmette, La. London-based Tate & Lyle has been looking to sell Domino, citing operating losses.

Under the deal, Domino will be combined with Refined Sugars of Yonkers, N.Y., a refinery in which the Fanjuls have an interest. The combined operation will be called Domino Sugar.

The companies controlled by the Fanjuls will own 61 percent of Domino Sugar, and Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida will own the other 39 percent, the investment group said in a statement.

The combined operation will produce more than two million tons of refined sugar and specialty products a year and have annual revenues of more than $1 billion.

"Our family has been committed to the sugar industry for 150 years,'' said Alfonso Fanjul, chairman of privately held Flo-Sun Inc. and chairman and chief executive officer of Florida Crystals Corporation.

In June, Tate & Lyle sold its Western Sugar unit to the Rocky Mountain Sugar Growers Cooperative for $96 million plus a further maximum payment of $30 million.

Slavery was only abolished in 1886, so the Fanjuls used slave labor for over 35 years.


Domino Sugar workers against the Fanjuls, 2/05
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For 35 years, I worked in Yonkers Sugar Refinery. I worked for many companies.  I am sorry to say I am not proud of the Domino Sugar Refinery any longer. We were a family in the past we all got along with each other - Union and Management - it did not make a difference. Since the Fanjul Brothers took over, things have gotten really bad here. I pray ever day that the refinery will close and be bought by new owners who have a little more understanding of working people and not slave labor. I encourage people that I know not to buy Domino. It will take time but I will get the word out. Fanjuls, do Yonkers a favor, please sell so we can go back to work again. 

It's been 3 long months out of work due to the Fanjuls who dominate the sugar industry, and our government allows it due to big payouts by these non citizens. It's known that big money is given to the Republican and Democrat parties so they can keep slave labor in the USA by breaking unions in Florida and Baltimore and now in Yonkers. Fanjuls play with your yatchs and not with people's lives.

Yes you may use my email address, thanks for caring because nobody else listens.

Val, Domino Worker for 35 years
vpiacente@NOSPAMaol.com


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