|Click to enlarge. Source: Federal Data Procurement System|
Records show that $8233.34 went to the Phoenix Air Group, which is paid to store Aero Martí, a plane that doesn't fly anywhere.
Aero Martí was meant to broadcast a TV station into Cuba, but the Cubans jammed the signal and the plane was grounded (See "Grounded TV Marti plane a monument to the limits of American austerity").
The OCB has paid the Phoenix Air Group $4,087,706 since June 1, 2010.
The agency continues spending tax dollars on the storing Aero Martí at a time when the national debt is more than $18 trillion and the federal budget deficit exceeds $478 billion (See National Debt Clock).
Money spent on the Aero Martí is a tiny fraction of the OCB budget, which was $26.3 million in fiscal year 2013.
On Jan. 28, Cuban President Raúl Castro demanded that the U.S. government stop broadcasting TV and radio signals into Cuba in violation of international law. Castro told the Third CELAC Summit in Costa Rica:
As I have repeatedly stated, Cuba and the United States must learn the art of civilized co-existence, based on respect for the differences which exist between both governments and cooperation on issues of common interest, which contribute to solving the challenges we are facing in the hemisphere and the world. However, it must not be supposed that, in order to achieve this, Cuba would renounce its ideals of independence and social justice, or abandon a single one of our principles, nor cede a millimeter in the defense of our national sovereignty.