Cuba Money Project is an investigative journalism initiative based in Florida. It was founded in December 2010 to carry out journalism in the public interest. Its mission is to become a leading source of information, analysis and opinion about U.S. government-financed Cuba programs.
The project strives to remain independent. It does not seek to interfere in the democracy movement in Cuba, or endorse the policies of the Cuban government.
The project supports the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that recognition of the “equal and inalienable rights” of all people is the “foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
The pursuit of basic liberties is a noble cause anywhere in the world. The Cuba Money Project’s aim is not to ‘out’ dissidents, bloggers, democracy advocates and others who are risking jail time to fight for their causes. The project’s concern is transparency and accountability in the U.S. government. It seeks a greater understanding of:
- The flow of American tax dollars into Cuba.
- Whether U.S.-government financed democracy programs in Cuba are effective.
- Whether U.S. government agencies and the organizations they finance are accountable to taxpayers.
- The challenges that bloggers, dissidents and other activists face in Cuba.
The project’s broad mission is to provide factual information that could prove to be useful to a range of people, from American taxpayers curious about what has happened to hundreds of millions of dollars spent on democracy programs to Cubans wondering about U.S. government activities on the island.
The project is grateful for the support of the non-profit Pulitzer Center in Washington, D.C., which has helped finance reporting expenses in Cuba.