USAID responded the other day, sending me 123 pages of documents related to millions of dollars in PADF spending. Unfortunately, USAID redacted or withheld just about every trace of information that might shed light on just what the the non-profit organization was doing in Cuba.
The documents make reference to several programs, but give no details.
For instance, a Sept. 1, 1998, letter says that USAID gave PADF $236,700 "to provide support for a program in environmental civil society."
USAID redacted the program description.
That makes sense. But the money wasn't for dissidents, either:
...no USAID funding made available under this grant or cooperative agreement will be used for cash assistance to individuals residing in Cuba who are dissidents or victims of political repression or to Cuban democratic or human rights groups.And it wasn't for the Catholic Church. A November 1998 document states:
At the request of Catholic Church officials in Cuba, no USAID-funded material assistance, direct or indirect, is to be provided to the Catholic Church in Cuba, with the exception of books and other international material. Other exceptions may be authorized if requested in writing by the CARITAS Director in Cuba, but the authorization must acknowledge the assistance is requested from USAID funds.So whatever happened to that money is a mystery to me.