Taking Off With Your Money

Number 17504
Subject Money And Politics
Source WTVJ-TV (Miami)
State FL
Year 2000
Publication Date Nov. 27, 28
Summary An NBC 6/WTVJ-TV investigation examines potential waste of public money which Miami International Airport has given over three years to the Latin Chamber of Commerce, known by the acronym CAMACOL The story reveals that "to pay for its annual hemispheric trade conference, the county [Dade] has given CAMACOL nearly a million and a half dollars" taken from a fund meant to promote the airport. The investigation discovers that CAMACOL "could not justify how it directly benefits the airport," and sheds light on the Latin chamber's significant political clout and close relationships with "politicians like Miami-Dade mayor Alex Penelas." The report details "serious questions raised by auditors and other government officials about how CAMACOL had spent the money."
Category Contest Entry
Pages 15
Keywords TAPE;TRANSCRIPT;Federal Aviation Administration;public money;Hispanic;Latin America;Caribbean;hemispheric
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