The democracy business in Cuba is bustling

A sprawling network of U.S. government-financed groups sends cash to thousands of Cuban democracy activists, journalists and dissidents each year. At any given moment, dozens of organizations manage democracy programs on the island. Public records reveal only fleeting glimpses of the mosaic. Some programs are so secret that the recipients of funds are never disclosed. … Read more

NED: Nearly $14 million in Cuba grants under Trump

Since Donald Trump became president, the State Department has funneled at least $13,954,253 to the National Endowment for Democracy for Cuba-related projects, records show. Here are the top five recipients through 2019, according to the latest records I could find at explorer.usaid.gov: NGO – Non United States Redacted (recipients not disclosed by U.S. government), $2,008,247 … Read more

Trump administration boosts NED spending for Cuba

The National Endowment for Democracy reported spending $5,405,400 in Cuba grants in 2019. That was a 16 percent increase over 2018 and a 42 percent increase over 2017. The top recipients in 2019 were the Cuban Democratic Directorate with $650,000; Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), $305,726; Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en … Read more

NED kept secret more than a half million dollars in Cuba projects

Below are Cuba projects that the U.S. government-financed National Endowment for Democracy reported managing in 2019. The U.S. government financed the projects, worth $5,977,500. Of that amount, $565,964.50 went to undisclosed organizations. Project Title: Legal Aid to Cuban Civil Society Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean Project Country: Cuba Project Focus: Rule of Law Description: … Read more

NED details $4.6 million in Cuba grants

The National Endowment for Democracy reported spending $4,643,525 in Cuba grants in 2018. That was a 22 percent increase over $3,814,328 reported for 2017. The top recipients in 2018 were the Cuban Democratic Directorate with $650,000; Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba, $230,000; and Cubanet News Inc., $220,000. Click below for interactive … Read more