Big bucks for “battle of ideas”

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The U.S. government spent $204,478,658 on democracy promotion projects targeting Cuba from 2001 through 2019, records show.
The top three recipients were:

  • Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, with $16,869,165
  • Pan-American Development Foundation, $16,098,509
  • International Republican Institute, $14,985,461

Most of the money – $121,801,254 – went toward “democratic participation and civil society.”
Records show $23,516,054 was for human rights and $20,876,722 wsa for “media and free flow of information.”


Congress set aside an additional $20 million for democracy projects for fiscal 2019, which began on Oct. 1, 2018.
Throw in $911 million that the government has spent for broadcasting to Cuba from 1984 through 2019 and the total hits $1.135 million.
Lawmakers propose spending an additional $32,973,000 for democracy promotion and broadcasting in fiscal 2020.
Note: Dollar amounts revised on Dec. 15, 2020, to correct a tabulation error.

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  1. I am looking for support to finish a film on Cuban writer José Lezama Lima. The film is based on the letters he wrote to his sister Eloisa in exile as he suffered from censorship and ostracism in Cuba. The film is the final stages of post production but needs finishing funds to complete its objectives.

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