Much of the money was used to pay operating expenses, office costs and salaries. One organization, Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, spent $6,054,079 from 1996 to 2005. Only 4 percent - or $251,077 - reached Cuba, the study said.
Grupo de Apoyo disputed those findings. Garcia had left the CANF by then. USAID has since said its priority is to ensure that as much the democracy aid as possible reaches Cuba.