Funds To Support Democracy In Cuba Not Spent

Mar 4, 2010 1:38 pm US/Eastern
Funds To Support Democracy In Cuba Not Spent

In the last two years, Congress has approved $40 million to support pro-democracy efforts in Cuba. But to date not a single penny of the fund has been spent.

Now Cuban-Americans and those working to support political opposition in Cuba want to know why.

The government says it's taking its time to review program oversight and efficiency. Critics note that the Obama administration has yet to ask potential grantees for proposals to spend that money.

The Cuba program has long been criticized for wasting resources and for not requiring competitive bidding. Still, supporters say the recent death of one political prisoner and the hospitalization of another make the aid more crucial than ever.

Funds To Support Democracy In Cuba Not Spent - (4 March 2010)

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