USAID increasingly involved in anti-terrorism effort

The U.S. Agency for International Development is not a military organization, but says it now spends billions of dollars every year countering ISIS and other extremists organizations in Iraq, Syria and other nations. The agency’s website says its fiscal 2019 budget “will enable USAID to protect America’s security at home and abroad.” USAID says that … Read more

Bowling at Guantánamo

The American government is pouring money into the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo even as the federal deficit threatens to hit $1 trillion in 2019. A drop of the money – $174,889,837 – has gone to Islands Mechanical Contractor Inc. in Middleburg, Florida, from 2008 to 2018. See interactive graphic. One of company’s latest contracts … Read more

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

U.S. tax dollars for baseball in Cuba

Cubans are crazy about baseball. Just ask anyone who has been to Esquina Caliente, or the “Hot Corner,” in Havana’s Parque Central. That’s where Cubans gather on most days to furiously debate the finer points of baseball. As the Red Sox and Dodgers battle it out in the 2018 World Series, you may be interested … Read more

Uncle Sam buys guns, booze, live animals and space vehicles

State Department spending records show that the State Department spent $443,914,384 toward a wide variety of items. Some of the more unusual or unexpected expenses are below. See interactive graphic. $4,423,187 for chemical analysis instruments $3,463,199 for men’s outerwear $3,063,669 in newspapers and periodicals $2,025,334 in unmanned aircraft $1,811,959 in live animals not raised for … Read more