The totals come from two sources:
- Federal audits
- A government website called USAspending.gov.
To try to get more current numbers, I turn to the USAspending website, where I have found some information on contracts awarded to companies in September 2010.
This remains an incomplete picture of the total spending. Some Cuba projects are tucked away in broader programs that don't readily identify Cuba. Other projects aren't reported on the FedSpending website, and without knowing the names of all the contractor it is difficult to track down the federal audits.
Still, this chart gives you an idea who some of the major players are in U.S.-financed democracy programs. Here's the Top 10:
- International Republican Institute - $12,449,194
- Center for a Free Cuba - $12,366,326
- Freedom House - $10,589,712
- Creative Associates International - $9,170,671
- Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia - $8,270,708
- Pan American Development Foundation - $6,616,188
- University of Miami - $6,382,576
- University of Loyola - $$3,786,442
- National Endowment for Democracy - $2,970,000
- International Relief and Development - $2,075,966
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