Critics: Contractors part of “shadow government”

USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives spent $237,165,675 on personal service contracts from 2016 to 2018. (See full list of contractors). Some critics say such contracts are difficult to trace and form part of a “shadow government.” OTI has operated in Cuba as part of U.S. government efforts to weaken the socialist government and speed the transition … Read more

NED details $3.8 million in Cuba grants

The National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C., reported spending $3,814,328 on Cuba projects in 2017. The NED is more transparent than most organizations that finance Cuba projects, and routinely posts its Cuba spending on its website. The organization reported $180,882,305 in annual revenue in 2015, according to a tax return filed in August 2017. … Read more

Cuban poet’s earnings top $1 million

Cuba poet Orlando González Esteva has earned more than $1 million through his work with Radio & TV Martí, federal contracts show. The former Broadcasting Board of Governors, now called the U.S. Agency for Global Media, paid a total of $81,442,406 to artists, writers and performers from 2001 to 2018, records show. (See BBG’s top … Read more