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

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Secret deals hidden under a soybean pile?

Something strange turned up in Broadcasting Board of Governors’ spending records: more than $4 million for soybean farming. Dig deeper and records show the funds ostensibly paid for such items as “Aircraft Gunnery Fire Control Components.” One record lists guns up to 30mm. All this is difficult to understand, particularly since the BBG’s stated mission … Read more

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No soup for you

What was once a flood of money is now a trickle. The Broadcasting Board of Governors earlier this year paid Washington Software of Maryland a paltry $1,440 for an SMS gateway, which allows a computer to send or receive text messages. Just three years ago, the BBG awarded Washington Software $2,385,079 in a single year … Read more

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Intrigue over a $6.4 million payment

The federal government paid $6.4 million to a lawyer who helped secure the release of Alan Gross, an American development worker jailed in Cuba for five years. The U.S. Agency for International Development gave the money to Gilbert LLP, a Washington, D.C. law firm, records show. Scott Gilbert, a partner at the firm, was the … Read more

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Cuba sticks with socialism $176 million later

The U.S. government shelled out at least $176,814,772 on democracy-promotion programs in Cuba from 2010 to 2018, spending records show. The total is an estimate, an imperfect and incomplete number based on figures that the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department reported. But it provides a window into the scope of U.S. … Read more

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