What happens to U.S. money targeting Cuba?

On Saturday, Cuban YouTuber, blogger and broadcaster Boris Sancho invited me to his program, Hablando Claro (Speaking Clearly), to talk about democracy-promotion projects in Cuba. The U.S. Agency for International Development has spent millions of dollars to promote democracy in Cuba. Sancho asked me how much of the money actually reaches the island. I told … Read more

Cuba spending: Setting the record straight

Earlier this month, I reported that the U.S. Agency for International Development had spent nearly $50 million toward Cuba projects since Donald Trump took office, and the National Endowment for Democracy had spent about $23 million. On Friday, I discovered I made a mistake. I redid my calculations today and now believe that USAID has … 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. (Oct. 31 update: This figure was inaccurate. See correction). 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 … 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