On 9 March 2015, President Obama issued a new executive order implementing the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 by blocking the property of seven individuals associated with the Government of Venezuela. According to a statement by the White House Press Secretary, the sanctions are a response to acts of public corruption and intimidation of political opponents by the Venezuelan Government. The seven listed individuals are associated with the Venezuelan military forces, intelligence agencies, national police, or prosecution service. The executive order also authorises the Secretary of the Treasury to designate additional individuals and entities. The White House has issued a fact sheet detailing the reasons for imposing sanctions on the listed individuals and explaining that the sanctions do not target the people or economy of Venezuela.