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Records don't identify the contractors, so I hesitate to read too much into the data. That said, it appears likely that the OCB over the past three years has boosted the amount of money it is funneling to independent journalists, writers and bloggers in Cuba. (Download Excel file showing budget figures).
The OCB oversees the operations of Radio and TV Martí. Its spending for artists, writers and performers listed as "foreign contractors" includes:
- $42,190 in 2011
- $171,155 in 2012
- $63,980 so far in 2013
- $1,300 in 2005
- $3,900 in 2006
- $4,775 in 2007
- $125,435 in 2008
The OCB awarded $947,833.70 to unnamed foreign contractors from Oct. 1, 2005, through April 18, 2013, contract records show. That included:
- $3,400 for motion picture and video production,
- $8,750 for television broadcasting,
- $412,735 for "independent artists, writers and performers,"
- $415,345 for "all other professional, scientific and technical services,"
- $107,603.70 for unspecified purchase orders, generally described as other professional services, communications services and information training.