Top U.S. diplomat in Havana rides in style

The State Department spent $288,560 to renovate an elevator at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Havana. A German company called Fuduric GMBH & Co. signed the elevator contract on Sept. 29, 2017, and was expected to finish the job by May 29, 2018. The company’s task: To renovate a “Historic Electric Traction Passenger Elevator in … Read more

Cuba projects fly under the radar

A California company called Internews Network proudly declares that it works in far-flung spots around the world, everywhere from Tajikistan and Nepal to Albania and Vanuatu. Cuba appears nowhere on the company’s where we work list. Yet the State Department gave the company at least $2 million for three Cuba projects in 2015 and 2016, … Read more

U.S. funds stealth Facebook accounts in Cuba

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, pays Cuban contractors to create non-branded Facebook accounts that hide the fact that they are funded by the American government. The OCB “is establishing on island digital teams to create non-branded local Facebook accounts to disseminate information,” according to a 2019 budget document. “Native pages increase the chances … Read more

Big bucks for software, IT

The U.S. Agency for Global Media, formerly the Broadcasting Board of Governors, awarded a $438,828.81 contract to Emergent, LLC., a Virginia Beach company that provides such software as Adobe and Symantec. The Oct. 23 payment is the first installment of a contract worth up to $2,396,272.05 through Oct. 8, 2023. The Agency for Global Media’s … Read more

Taxpayers finance anti-Soros rant

President Donald Trump on Friday spoke out against “political violence,” but then minutes later repeated the phrase “lock him up” in response to followers chanting that George Soros be jailed. Soros is a philanthropist who has given away more than $32 billion to finance his Open Society Foundations, which “have supported individuals and organizations across … Read more