Among those paid with FUCE funds are Pablo Urena, a presidential speech writer, who gets about US$3,800, tax free; Ronulfo Jimenez, coordinator of the government's economic team, who gets about US$4,000; and Roberto Giralt Castro, communications advisor to the president, at about US$3,500.
The existence of FUCE was discovered during an investigation by the now dissolved Comision de Control y Ordenamiento del Gasto Publico y de Rendicion de Cuentas de los Funcionarios Publicos.
Aida Faingezich, deputy of the official Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC), said Contreras denied having any information about FUCE last year, when Contreras was minister of the presidency, even though she was also, at the time, vice president of FUCE.
The problem comes, he said, when these people or companies start to use state services, employees, and infrastructure as their own, with structures like FUCE making it difficult or impossible to account for these appropriations and expenditures.
Faingezich added that an organization like FUCE also obscures transactions in which political favors are given, sinecures created, and consultations granted to unqualified people for which too much is paid and not enough delivered.