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Billions for company that hired Alan Gross

The Maryland company that hired American development worker Alan Gross won more than $2.7 billion in USAID contracts from 2000 to the third quarter of 2009, statistics show.
Development Alternatives Inc., or DAI, sent Gross to Cuba as part of a USAID-financed democracy program. Cuban authorities accused Gross of setting up an illegal satellite communications network and sentenced him on Friday to a 15-year prison term.
DAI, based in Bethesda, raked in $2,720,391,038 in U.S. Agency for International Development contracts from 2000 to 2009, according to FedSpending, which tracks government spending.
The nine companies that followed were:

  • CHEMONICS INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED – $1,647,101,126
  • BEARINGPOINT, INC – $994,453,511
  • RESEARCH TRIANGLE INSTITUTE – $781,069,203
  • BERGER LOUIS GROUP INC – $680,280,412
  • COFFEY INTERNATIONAL LTD – $445,549,179
  • JOHN SNOW INC (JSI) – $424,500,839
  • MACRO INTERNATIONAL INC – $396,961,113
  • TETRA TECH, INC. – $340,521,186
  • L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS – $278,752,145

Top 10 USAID contractors from 2000 to 2009. Source: FedSpending.org

FederalAssistance.gov says American aid to Cuba focuses on “providing humanitarian assistance to prisoners of conscience and their families, strengthening civil society, supporting issue-based civic action movements and coalitions, and promoting fundamental freedoms, especially the freedom of expression and freedom of the press.”

Chart by ForeignAssistance.gov

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Tracey Eaton was the Dallas Morning News bureau chief in Cuba from 2000 to early 2005. Before that, he headed the paper’s Mexico City bureau. Eaton, a former Fulbright scholar, has been a journalist and photographer since 1983. He has conducted journalism workshops in Guatemala, Bolivia and Nicaragua, and has been an invited speaker at conferences in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Cuba. Eaton has been a staff writer at seven daily newspapers, including the Miami Herald. He was metropolitan editor at the Houston Chronicle before moving to Florida. He created a Cuba blog called Along the Malecón in 2008 and travels to Havana regularly. In 2010, Eaton received a Pulitzer Center grant to support his reporting in Cuba. He has been investigating U.S.-financed pro-democracy programs in Cuba.

6 thoughts on “Billions for company that hired Alan Gross”

  1. si muchas gracias por comunicarno al publico la alta suma de dinero pagado ha la
    compania de alan gross $27 billones para querer desatebilisar la sociedad cuba y
    es una ingerencia mas del gobierno de eeuu.el derecho de los pueblo y paises deben ser respetado por todos los paises.sea el estito democracia que temga sin
    mas muchas gracias que siempre en la politica de querer destruir la obra de
    nuestra revolucion socialista esta el dinero por el medio y los multiples de
    interes creado que por 50 anos han hecho lo mismo sin mas ok

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