Tuesday, April 21, 2015

U.S. Interests Section: Melon farming

U.S. Interests Section spending: Contracts by date signed
The U.S. Interests Section in Havana has reported spending $14,953,224, most of it since 2004. (See interactive graphics: breakdown of $14.9 million; contracts signed by date; top 50 vendors).
The Interests Section didn't list a category for $3,538,546 in expenses. That left $11,414,678.
The 20 most entertaining, interesting or intriguing expenses included in that $11.4 million were listed under the following categories:
  1. New car dealers: $169,143
  2. Clothing accessories stores: $142,730
  3. Furniture stores: $108,107
  4. Locksmiths: $79,812
  5. Title abstract and settlement offices: $66,422
  6. Distilleries: $46,929
  7. Bus and other motor vehicle transit systems: $30,200
  8. Satellite telecommunications: $28,204
  9. Other motion picture and video industries: $23,740
  10. Temporary shelters: $18,553
  11. Other vegetable (except potato) and melon farming: $15,294
  12. Residential remodelers: $14,068
  13. Hotels (except casino hotels) and motels: $12,650
  14. Newspaper publishers: $12,378
  15. Pharmacies and drug stores: $10,969
  16. Software reproducing: $7,771
  17. Legal counsel and prosecution: $5,760
  18. Vitreous China plumbing fixture and China and earthenware bathroom accessories manufacturing: $3,700
  19. Men's footwear (except athletic) manufacturing: $3,139
  20. Exterminating and pest control services: $2,562
The top 10 expenses were a little more predictable:
  1. Office supplies and stationery stores: $1,319,882
  2. Gasoline stations with convenience stores: $793,617
  3. Engineering services: $705,010
  4. Fuel dealers: $703,868
  5. All other home furnishings stores: $404,743
  6. Facilities support services: $326,163
  7. Refrigeration equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers: $319,538
  8. Hardware stores: $286,302
  9. Computer and software stores: $245,291
  10. Air conditioning and ware air heating equipment and commercial and industrial refrigeration equipment manufacturing: $232,137

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