Darius Anderson, State Legislators Take Trip to Cuba

CalWatchdog.com investigative report tracks activities by upcoming media mogul.


As lobbyist Darius Anderson seems to eyeing more purchases of community newspapers, such as the Napa Valley Register.

Now, however, a CalWatchdog.com investigative report finds him traveling to Cuba with several state lawmakers.

Anderson, founder and president of the influential lobbying firm Platinum Advisors, spent a spring holiday with a Republican state Assembyman from San Luis Obispo and a Democratic state Senator from Livingston.

To read the story, click here.

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Jan Michael April 08, 2013 at 09:15 PM
As with any contentious issue, typically, there are desperate views and those opposed to the Sonoma Developmental Center redevelopment have welcomed it, while Darius, who knows, he bought the I-T to get to the real estate, Thank You Bill, hasn’t toured the SDC property as of this date.
Ralph Hutchinson April 08, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Darius traveled to Cuba without Government Permits? From the CalWatchdog article: "According to his biography on the Platinum Advisors website, “Through Californians Building Bridges, Darius founded Project Havana, a humanitarian project dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the Cuban people through providing grants and donations of supplies to charitable organizations that lack their own resources. For the past 10 years, Darius and CBB have led over 50 missions to Cuba.” "Yet, according to the organization’s website, it did not receive a license to legally operate in Cuba until 2011. “On March 29, 2011, Californians Building Bridges (CBB) was granted a license by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control, License # CT-16606, to travel and engage in transactions directly related to a new humanitarian project in Cuba,” the organization states under “Project Havana,” one of only four pages on its website. Guide Star, the independent organization that tracks nonprofit financial information, lists the organization’s founding and ruling year as 2012." Only one tax return, filed on October 30, 2012, was publicly available.
Ralph Hutchinson April 08, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Darius doesn't worry about licenses to sell securites in New York or New Mexico resulting in a corruption kickback case where he paid $500k to settle. The New Mexico was ongoing as of a few months ago same MO. Why would Darius need a permit to travel to a Communist Country on the "No Travel" under US Government sanctions? I think its fair to say ifhe just got the permit, in 2011-2012 and Willie Brown's article was written years prior, that Darius Anderson did in fact make dozens of trips to "forbidden" Cuba illegally. In my opinion he should be fined and his privaleges revoked to return.
sal nero April 08, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Houston we have a problem. "For the past 10 years, Darius and CBB have led over 50 missions to Cuba." -From Platinum Advisors' website. Calwatchdog.com has caught on, it would appear.
Ralph Hutchinson April 08, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Darius starts a non profit to shield his personal vacations and parties. He also hosts VIP's friends or Politicians that he wants something from. Then applies for a Government permit and potentially misleads them and the IRS as to the activities and purpose? What benefits or deliverables aside from personal artwork and a few boxes of cigars has he to show? Is there a 800Watchdog number to call OFAC to challenge his license or the non-profit status to IRS?


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