Cuba Broadcasting Still Dishing Out Paychecks

Since the annoucement of a change in US Policy towards Cuba

By Tracey Eaton  (alongthemalecon.com)

contractsHAVANA TIMES – The Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, has signed more than 100 contracts worth nearly $1 million since the U.S. and Cuba on Dec. 17 announced they would begin renewing diplomatic ties. (List of contracts is below).

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.

We will not invite, or accept any attempt to advise or exert pressure regarding our internal affairs. We have earned this sovereign right through great sacrifices and at the price of great risks.
The reestablishment of diplomatic relations is the beginning of a process which can progress toward normalization of bilateral relations, but this will not be possible as long as the blockade exists, or as long as the territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base is not returned (Applause), or radio and television broadcasts which violate international norms continue, or just compensation is not provided our people for the human and economic damage they have suffered.

A list of the OCB contracts signed since Dec. 17 are below:

Vendor Name Date Signed Action Obligation ($) NAICS Description
XEROX CORPORATION 30-Dec-14 $38,553.40 PRINTING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING
FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION 14-Jan-15 $3,000.00 COURIERS AND EXPRESS DELIVERY SERVICES
SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY L.P. 30-Jan-15 $4,500.00 COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE STORES
AT&T MOBILITY LLC 14-Jan-15 $769.99 DATA PROCESSING, HOSTING, AND RELATED SERVICES
AT&T MOBILITY LLC 14-Jan-15 -$9,689.65 DATA PROCESSING, HOSTING, AND RELATED SERVICES
AT&T MOBILITY LLC 14-Jan-15 $182.97 DATA PROCESSING, HOSTING, AND RELATED SERVICES
SHI INTERNATIONAL CORP. 18-Dec-14 $5,499.00 COMPUTER TERMINAL MANUFACTURING
CARAHSOFT TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION 18-Dec-14 $6,623.85 COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE STORES
M A FEDERAL, INC 19-Dec-14 $5,732.65 OTHER COMPUTER PERIPHERAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING
DIGITAL VIDEO GROUP INC. 30-Jan-15 $37,633.35 RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTING AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING
PHOENIX AIR GROUP, INC. 31-Dec-14 $8,233.34 OTHER SUPPORT ACTIVITIES FOR AIR TRANSPORTATION
G B TRACTOR SERVICE 30-Jan-15 $17,550.00 LANDSCAPING SERVICES
LADY SLIPPER INC 30-Jan-15 $4,500.00 JANITORIAL SERVICES
EVERETT PRODUCTIONS, LLC 23-Jan-15 $11,520.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
FUENTES, YANEL 27-Jan-15 $11,520.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MONTOYA, JOSE M 8-Jan-15 $1,024.00 TELEPRODUCTION AND OTHER POSTPRODUCTION SERVICES
MONTOYA, JOSE M 27-Jan-15 $20,480.00 TELEPRODUCTION AND OTHER POSTPRODUCTION SERVICES
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 30-Jan-15 $4,875.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 30-Jan-15 $4,125.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 30-Jan-15 $4,875.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 30-Jan-15 $4,875.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MUNOZ, LUIS 30-Jan-15 $4,875.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 30-Jan-15 $4,875.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 30-Jan-15 $2,700.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 30-Jan-15 $2,100.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 30-Jan-15 $2,100.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 30-Jan-15 $3,250.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 30-Jan-15 $2,100.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 30-Jan-15 $3,250.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ORLANDO GONZALEZ ESTEVA 28-Jan-15 $3,840.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 27-Jan-15 $2,080.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
PATTERSON PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION 27-Jan-15 $845.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ARCEO, DANIEL D 27-Jan-15 $16,640.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ALVAREZ, HILDA 27-Jan-15 $4,800.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
COSSIO, MIGUEL 27-Jan-15 $3,520.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
BALLSAL TV PRODUCTION CORP. 22-Jan-15 $24,064.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
FIOL, IGNACIO J. 22-Jan-15 $13,312.00 TELEVISION BROADCASTING
GUIMAR GROUP INC 22-Jan-15 $9,360.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
DIAZ, ERICK 27-Jan-15 $8,320.00 MOTION PICTURE AND VIDEO PRODUCTION
ZORAYDA, INC. 22-Jan-15 $15,600.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
LOPEZ, RENE 8-Jan-15 $320.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
LOPEZ, RENE 27-Jan-15 $17,920.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
GONZALEZ, ODETTE 27-Jan-15 $17,408.00 MOTION PICTURE AND VIDEO PRODUCTION
ALONSO M DALINA 26-Jan-15 $9,240.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
CAMEJO, CARLOS 26-Jan-15 $3,000.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ALPIZAR, JOSE L 27-Jan-15 $22,176.00 TELEVISION BROADCASTING
BLUE PELICAN, CORP. 8-Jan-15 $640.00 TELEVISION BROADCASTING
BLUE PELICAN, CORP. 27-Jan-15 $17,920.00 TELEVISION BROADCASTING
BARUSA CORP. 28-Jan-15 $16,896.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
FAIRPLAY GRIP LIGHT 28-Jan-15 $15,040.00 OTHER MOTION PICTURE AND VIDEO INDUSTRIES
ORLANDO GONZALEZ ESTEVA 29-Dec-14 $7,200.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ORLANDO GONZALEZ ESTEVA 27-Jan-15 $23,040.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MARTINEZ, PATRICIA 29-Dec-14 $5,760.00 RADIO STATIONS
MARTINEZ, PATRICIA 14-Jan-15 $690.00 RADIO STATIONS
MARTINEZ, PATRICIA 27-Jan-15 $19,440.00 RADIO STATIONS
PAEZ, MARIA E 27-Jan-15 $6,845.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
BALDA, ADA 28-Jan-15 $14,040.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
PACHECO CABANAS, IVETTE 28-Jan-15 $14,400.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MORELL, JOSE R 27-Jan-15 $9,600.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MARTINEZ, RAFAEL JAVIER 13-Jan-15 $280.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MARTINEZ, RAFAEL JAVIER 29-Jan-15 $16,800.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
AGUADO, ENRIQUE 28-Jan-15 $14,407.68 INTERNET PUBLISHING AND BROADCASTING AND WEB SEARCH PORTALS
DARIAS, IDOLIDIA 28-Jan-15 $13,400.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MARTINEZ, JORGE PEDRO 28-Jan-15 $16,080.00 RADIO STATIONS
HUERGA, YOLANDA 28-Jan-15 $10,800.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
REYES GONZALEZ, ADRIEL 29-Jan-15 $17,520.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MATAMOROS, SEVERINA 29-Jan-15 $10,640.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
SERRANO, WALDO J 29-Jan-15 $12,800.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ARCE, RAUL 28-Jan-15 $2,200.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
OMAR LOPEZ 28-Jan-15 $6,912.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 28-Jan-15 $1,300.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
PINEY, GRACE 28-Jan-15 $12,800.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 29-Jan-15 $6,912.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ORLANDO GONZALEZ ESTEVA 28-Jan-15 $1,625.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
RODRIGUEZ, GUSTAVO 28-Jan-15 $2,028.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
PEREZ, JORGE IGNACIO 29-Jan-15 $7,680.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
LUIS GONZALES 28-Jan-15 $8,960.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
TABARES, CARIDAD 28-Jan-15 $9,035.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ELIAS, NANCY 27-Jan-15 $12,025.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
GARCIA, LUCIA 14-Jan-15 $510.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
GARCIA, LUCIA 27-Jan-15 $16,320.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ROQUE, CARIDAD 27-Jan-15 $6,720.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
GARCIA, JUAN J ALMEIDA 27-Jan-15 $8,320.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
HIDALGO, MAGDELIVIA 27-Jan-15 $6,912.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ARJONA, EXILDA 27-Jan-15 $6,400.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
ROJAS ROSABAL, LUIS 27-Jan-15 $13,200.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
OMAR LOPEZ 28-Jan-15 $6,720.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
PEREZ, JORGE IGNACIO 28-Jan-15 $6,400.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
LAZARO R DOMINGUEZ 28-Jan-15 $8,960.00 ALL OTHER PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND TECHNICAL SERVICES
ORLANDO G PENA 28-Jan-15 $6,600.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
DESCARGA DEPORTIVA 28-Jan-15 $6,400.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
BAHIA AMERICA CORP VISUAL AND WRITTEN SOLUTIONS 22-Jan-15 $20,480.00 TELEVISION BROADCASTING
RIOS, ALEJANDRO 22-Jan-15 $6,500.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
GARCIA, JUAN J ALMEIDA 28-Jan-15 $8,320.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
CHARLES PRODUCTIONS US, INC. 23-Jan-15 $19,500.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 23-Jan-15 $22,100.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
SILVA, JUAN I 23-Jan-15 $2,700.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
VIEWFINDER PRODUCTIONS 19-Dec-14 $0.00 MOTION PICTURE AND VIDEO PRODUCTION
VIEWFINDER PRODUCTIONS 23-Jan-15 $6,750.00 MOTION PICTURE AND VIDEO PRODUCTION
EL MIKIMBIN CORP 28-Jan-15 $6,400.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
MISCELLANEOUS FOREIGN AWARDEES 12-Jan-15 $2,250.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
GONZALEZ, GRICEL 23-Jan-15 $12,800.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
PENA, OSCAR 28-Jan-15 $1,625.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
FILMSMITH INTERNATIONAL 23-Jan-15 $16,000.00 TELEPRODUCTION AND OTHER POSTPRODUCTION SERVICES
PUERTO RICO PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORP 17-Dec-14 $11,677.50 TELEVISION BROADCASTING
HUMAN CIRCUIT, INC. 8-Jan-15 $22,389.43 RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTING AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING
MARCANO, JOSE ALEJANDRO SANTELLI 9-Jan-15 $600.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
HERNANDEZ, MAITE 9-Jan-15 $2,560.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
HERNANDEZ, MAITE 28-Jan-15 $16,384.00 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS
KENMORT PROPERTIES 15-Jan-15 $356.50 LESSORS OF OTHER REAL ESTATE PROPERTY
KENMORT PROPERTIES 29-Jan-15 $707.25 LESSORS OF OTHER REAL ESTATE PROPERTY

3 thoughts on “Cuba Broadcasting Still Dishing Out Paychecks

  • February 4, 2015 at 12:07 pm
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    What a waste of my taxes!

  • February 2, 2015 at 9:58 am
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    Chump change. Nothing on this list should give the Castros a moments pause.

  • February 1, 2015 at 12:55 am
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    Interesting list

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