U.S. gov’t pays $19 million to unnamed contractors

The U.S. Agency for Global Media paid $38,280,250 to artists, writers, performers and musical groups from 2018 to 2020, records show. Nearly half – $19,106,558 – were identified as “miscellaneous foreign contractors,” making it almost impossible to identify the recipients. Records named the remaining 258 contractors, who received a total of $19,173,692. The top three … Read more

New petition demands audit of Cuba programs

Cuban YouTuber and activist Boris Sancho earlier this month started a petition on Change.org asking for U.S. government Cuba grants to be audited. He wrote: From 2001 to 2020, according to IRS public records, more than $407 million has been spent. When accessing the tax forms of these tax-exempt organizations, they declare absurd expenses in … Read more

30 years and $261 million later

U.S. government agencies reported spending $261,395,214 on Cuba-related projects from 1990 to 2020, according to USAID’s Foreign Aid Explorer. The number doesn’t represent total U.S. government spending. Radio & TV Martí isn’t included, for instance. But a look at the $261 million in spending does provide a window into U.S. approach toward Cuba. Almost half … Read more

NED: $23 million in Cuba grants under Trump

Since Donald Trump became president, the State Department has funneled at least $23,208,612 to the National Endowment for Democracy for Cuba-related projects, records show. Here are the top five recipients through 2019, according to the latest records I could find at explorer.usaid.gov: Cuban Democratic Directorate, $3,900,000 People in Need (Czech Republic), $1,433,616 Grupo para la … Read more

USAID’s Cuba spending under Trump: nearly $50 million

The U.S. Agency for International Development has spent nearly $46 million toward Cuba projects since Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017. Records show USAID awarded additional grants in September, bringing the total to nearly $50 million. See USAID awards $3.8 million in Cuba grants. The agency spent most of the money from 2018 … Read more