Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washington Software passes $5 million mark

The Broadcasting Board of Governors has paid Washington Software a total of $5,058,354.92 since July 1, 2011.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

$829 million to NED

The National Endowment for Democracy has received $829,294,446 in federal grants since 2007. The NED helps finance the pro-democracy fight in Cuba.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Starving artists?

The U.S. government-financed contractors shown in this graphic paid $623,670,330 to artists, writers and performers from Nov. 7, 1996, to March 17, 2015. The Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Radio and TV Martí, accounted for $73,095,499 of the money.

BBG ranks third on spending list

These U.S. government agencies paid $623,670,330 to artists, writers and performers from Nov. 7, 1996, to March 17, 2015. The Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees TV and Radio Martí, ranks third on the money list, behind the U.S. Army and NASA.

ATM Interactive

Palettes containing one trillion dollars. Note man at left. Credit: PageTutor
In February, the Obama administration proposed a $4.07 trillion dollar budget. The budget numbers are difficult for me to imagine. I mean, who's ever seen a trillion dollars?
Over the past several years, I've tried to sift through the federal dollars to learn more about what the U.S. government spends on programs related to Cuba.
I created ATM Interactive to display visual graphics that make it easier to see and understand where the money goes. I have been using Tableau, amazing software that makes databases and spreadsheets easier to comprehend and visualize.
I have posted some graphics to my blog, Along the Malecón, but the pages are too narrow for you to get the full interactive experience of the graphic.