US Lawmakers Are Probing Soros' Involvement In European Politics

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After years of tangential accusations, which never amounted to anything concrete, George Soros' alleged meddling in European politics has finally caught the attention of Congress. 

As we first observed in early January, concerns about Soros' involvement were most recently raised by the Hungarian prime minister, who last week once again lashed out at the Soros "empire" and accused it of deploying "tons of money and international heavy artillery."  But what was not reported, is that just days earlier, Republican lawmakers in Washington had started asking questions about whether U.S. tax dollars also were being used to fund Soros projects in the small, conservative-led country of Macedonia.

Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., led a group of House lawmakers in writing to Ambassador Jess Baily, an Obama appointee, demanding answers.  Smith voiced concerns that tax dollars are supporting Soros’ activities in trying to have a socialist government replace the current conservative government in the small nation.

” … it seems that the U.S. government funded organizations that have taken sides, specifically, the side of the socialists, which is absolutely unacceptable. I think this is illegal and we will examine this case to the fullest extent,” he said.

“We need to have a detailed oversight into what the administration has been doing over the past eight years because we have been taking sides politically in other countries as well, and there have been other similar incidents. That undermines U.S. public diplomacy and our diplomacy in general. It is against the law and is unheard of,” Smith added.

As Fox News reported, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, also expressed concerns about USAID money going to Soros' Open Society Foundations as part of a broader concern that the U.S. Embassy has been taking sides in party politics.

“I have received credible reports that, over the past few years, the US Mission to Macedonia has actively intervened in the party politics of Macedonia, as well as the shaping of its media environment and civil society, often favoring groups of one political persuasion over another,” Lee said in his letter.

These concerns reflect growing conservative pushback against Soros' operations in Europe. 

And then there is Soros' old nemesis, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who last week ripped the Hungary-born billionaire's "trans-border empire." Orban has been one of the central European voices speaking out against the push by E.U. leaders to absorb Syrian refugees and has been criticized for his hardline stance.

Soros' Open Society Foundations - the billionaire's largest group operating across the globe - fired back, saying Orban was trying to deflect attention from other issues.

“The Open Society Foundations for over 30 years have supported civil society groups in Hungary who are addressing profound problems in education, health care, media freedom and corruption," Laura Silber, the organization's chief communications officer, said in a statement to The Associated Press. "Any attacks on this work and those groups are solely an attempt to deflect attention from government inability to address these issues."

The group's stated goal is “to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens” but critics claim it's a front for Soros’ hard-left political maneuverings.

One such voice belongs to former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski who said Soros has a "decisive influence" on his country’s politics. “If it were not for George Soros behind it with all the millions he pours into Macedonia, the entire network of NGOs, media, politicians, inside and out ... the economy would be stronger, we would have had more new jobs,” he said in a recent interview with Macedonia’s Republika newspaper.

Macedonia is a small, broadly conservative country. It has a flat rate tax of 10 percent, a small-government philosophy and a ruling conservative party (VMRO-DPMNE) that has greeted the election of President Trump warmly and pledged to work with him. Lee’s staff recently met with Macedonia lawmakers, who also passed on a white paper from a citizen’s initiative called “Stop Operation Soros” which alleges U.S. money has been funding hard-left causes in the country - including violent riots in the streets, as well as a Macedonian version of Saul Alinsky’s far-left handbook “Rules for Radicals.”

In an extensive 40-page dossier, the group has alleged USAID money is being used to fund activists and exclusively left-wing media groups as a way to sway the country’s politics.

The Open Society Foundations did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

On the Soros connection, Lee’s letter asked if the Mission has “selected the Open Society Foundations as the major implementer of USAID projects in Macedonia” and if the group has been perceived to have political bias in Macedonia. In a reply dated Feb. 9, the State Department told Lee that the Mission in the country has worked to advance U.S. interests “in a non-biased, non-partisan, objective and transparent manner.” The letter claimed U.S. government assistance has not funded partisan political activities in Macedonia, but noted that from 2002 to the present, USAID had provided three grants to Foundation Open Society – Macedonia (FOSM). 

One of these grants is outlined on the USAID website. Between 2012 and 2016, USAID gave almost $5 million in taxpayer cash to FOSM for “The Civil Society Project,” which “aims to empower Macedonian citizens to hold government accountable.” USAID’s website links to www.soros.org.mk, and says the project trained hundreds of young Macedonians “in youth activism and the use of new media instruments.”

The letter from the State Department to Lee said USAID also recently funded a new Civic Engagement Project which partners with four organizations, including FOSM. It was not clear how much this project would cost, but Smith put the figure at $9.5 million. “The money is very significant, in fact there is still money in the pipeline, from 2017 to 2021, 9.5 million,” Smith said in a recent radio interview with the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins. “It’s one thing to do election monitoring, which is a very noble cause to make sure there’s free and fair elections, but it’s quite another thing to be backing parties that Soros and his gang want to see in control of that country.” 

According to Fox' Adam Shaw, it isn’t the only time Soros has worked with the State Department. Among the emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta released by Wikileaks was one from 2011 in which Soros urged Hillary Clinton to take action in Albania over recent demonstrations in the capital of Tirana. Soros asked Clinton to “bring the full weight of the international community to bear on Prime Minister Berisha and opposition leader Edi Rama to forestall further public demonstrations and to tone down public pronouncements” and appoint a senior European official as mediator. 

Within a few days, an envoy was dutifully dispatched.

Former Macedonian PM Gruevski cited the WikiLeaks emails as proof “[Soros] can go visit top leading American officials whenever he wants to, arranges meetings day in day out and has significant influence.”

While Soros has often been a bogeyman for the American right, the liberal businessman has kept a steady pressure and funding of left-wing causes within America as well.

“This guy is a spider with lots of webs,” GOP strategist Brad Blakeman told Fox News' "Strategy Room." “He controls numerous third-party groups, where he uses his influence. We’ve seen it internally with Black Lives Matter, the demonstrations taken place after the inaugural -- this is what he does.”

After violent left-wing activists rioted at Berkeley in protest of a lecture by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, The Daily Caller reported that the main group behind the protests, Refuse Facism, was backed by The Alliance for Global Justice, which in turn is backed by The Tides Foundation, a Soros-funded group.

Soros also has donated to Media Matters and has been a major financial contributor to the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank founded by Podesta.

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jeff montanye's picture

this cannot be a bad idea.

GreatUncle's picture

That's old its closed.

I did sign it though ...

max2205's picture

Who woke this fucker up?

Bumpo's picture

Why are we investigation European politics. Shit, let's use this to bring down all the bullshit happening in our own country.

wee-weed up's picture

 

 

If anyone deserved a "hit" from a clandestine military op...

Slimeball Soros certainly fits the bill.

D Nyle's picture

Now I know who they thought of when they invented WaterBoarding

Manthong's picture

“US Lawmakers Are Probing Soros”

WTF?

The NSA likely already has gigabytes of email and voice communications that would nail his ass to a cross a hundred times over.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Might want to nose around in the European Elections section here:

http://soros.dcleaks.com/view?div=europe

Mr. Universe's picture

To get rid of a demonic beast like Soros you need someone like Constantine.

Anasteus's picture

Absolutely not, Soros can be easily convicted of felonies according to the Logan Act. There are many materials available over the Internet to prove it.

Anasteus's picture

Hope, her popularity will rocket accordingly.

risk.averse's picture

Soros probably has invested in secure communication lines, encryption etc. However, I'm sure with the number of "irons in the fire" he has and communicates with he must have occasionally let his guard down. More so, when he felt secure (e.g. during Obama regime). These days, I'm sure he's watching his step more carefully.

If Hungarian PM, Orban, wants to bring Soros down he could surely investigate his wartime collaboration with the Nazis in Hungary back in the 1940s. Crimes against humanity would be a good starting point.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

I've asked it before and I'll ask it again...

Where are the "NAZI Hunters" that go to countries like Argentina to dig up 90-year old guards from the concentration camps, try them, convict them, and send them to jail?

Why in Yahweh's name have these same NAZI Hunters not gone after Soros for his collaborating with the NAZIs?

Is he excused because he's Jewish?

Should that not be the ultimate betrayal and should that not set him as their number one target?

kellys_eye's picture

The 'Deep State' that is underpinning the NSA et al are protecting Soros.  Once the swamp has been drained then expect to see action against his likes and the scum he's supporting.

mind reset's picture

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greenskeeper carl's picture

I don't really know what the purpose of waterboarding him would be, aside from possible entertainment value. We already have a pretty good idea of what he does, we just refuse to do anything about it. I would think we already have more than enough info to go on.

 

Hey Congressman, what if I told you I had a surefire way to make sure ZERO dollars are wasted liek this again, is that something you might be interested in? Here ya go, for free: STOP GIVING MONEY TO ANY OF THIS USAID TYPE NONSENSE. There ya go, fixed it for you, on the cheap.

BC6's picture

*Theses are not the NGOs you are loooking for*

jcaz's picture

Hmm,  a RICO seizure sounds like a tasty idea.....

Never One Roach's picture

Soros is sponsoring hundreds of left wing radical candidates across the USA also.

yogibear's picture

Soro should be indited as a saboteur.

Held in Gitmo until a trial in 20 years.

Mr. Universe's picture

Don't forget the Spawn of Soros, that weasel is about doing "his father's work".

Vageling's picture

Not sure if you can "hang" evil. Just burn him. And to be safe just stuff his remains in a rocket with the sun as destination. Oh... And make him pay for it too!

Make sure he gets swallowed up by the sun. You know... Before he starts his tricks on aliens. Next thing you know aliens start getting the wrong impression and get all hostile.

I see no moral objections either. Reptiles have no rights. It's not like the cow gets his "due process" before being escorted to the slaughter house.

MaxThrust's picture

"If anyone deserved a "hit" from a clandestine military op"

Of course that never happens because people like Soros own the clandestine world or black operatives and intelligence agencies.

greenskeeper carl's picture

I agree. We can start with the countries interfering in our recent election, such as Mexico with their 50 something consulates in our country, one in most major cities, that help their people skirt and undermine our laws. Sort that shit out first.

Rubicon727's picture

According to the politicians behind this move, US taxpayer's are paying for some of the actions in Macedonia. Another Obama secretive operation that only further empowers Soros.

 

cbxer55's picture

Err, the sun went down and he, like all vampires, arose from his coffin.

1980XLS's picture

Just realized it "Timed Out"

 

The Pussification of America.

Nobody's afraid to post the most outrageous things on Fagbook, yet reluctant in their Civic Duty on such matters as this.

We are Doomed.

Chris Dakota's picture

Surprised someone hasn't put a bullet in his head yet.

Nekoti's picture

It would reguire a wooden stake.

BC6's picture

Blessed wiht Holy Water from a non-pedo church.

SILVERGEDDON's picture

He deserves the Homeland Security anal probe, followed by asset forfeiture, and prison - in with the big black pile drivers for life. 

TeethVillage88s's picture

And Exile!

And Revoking US Citizenship!

thebigunit's picture

How DID Soros become U.S. citizen?

U.S. law prohibits Nazi's and Nazi collaborators from entering the country.

My hope is this is just an "innocent" probe that will start by looking at some low level wrong doing, and as one thing leads to another, we will ultimately learn all the sleazy things Soros has done and how many politicians he owns.

Hillary Clinton: owned and operated by a Nazi collaborator.

zhandax's picture

"U.S. law prohibits Nazi's and Nazi collaborators from entering the country."

I have to doubt that. I bought a Mercedes from one in Miami. The only way I knew is I took my French girlfriend along when I picked it up. She had lived in Germany for several years, and talked to his wife in German while we signed over the paperwork. Turns out they had left Germany for Ecuador in '45 and moved to Miami later. I can think of only one group of Germans who fit that profile.

Slingsby's picture

Let's give credit where it is due. That psychopathic asshole demonstrated that a focused effort spending a few hundred million could shape global political thought against all reasonable explanation. He should be given a medal, tried and executed for pointing out how idiotic we are.

Although I know he's set up his son as a posthumous proxy for his ambitions, I get quite a bit of satisfaction that that old fucks days are in short supply.

ACP's picture

What the hell is there to investigate?  Just put a hit on him.

Twee Surgeon's picture

He has a son with the same agenda and the key to the castle Soros. Lets not have just an investigation but a string of arrests world wide and some long jail sentences. Take the Assets and turn it into something productive instead of destructive. Lock him in a Cell with Hillary for 10 years.

zen0's picture

You sir, are one cruel son of a bitch.

Kudos.

BarkingCat's picture

10 years??

10 lifetimes would not be enough for what this evil creature had done.

greenskeeper carl's picture

"Take the Assets and turn it into something productive instead of destructive."

 

There would be some delicious irony in using it to build trump's wall. Id probably laugh so hard that nothing would ever seem funny to me again. My irony and funny meters would be pegged.

TAALR Swift's picture

 Mr. Soros, meet your new physician. Dr. Lecter.

larz's picture

Finally. For the love of god

AtATrESICI's picture

Probing and Soros are not two words I would normally be ecstatic to think about together. In this case a Saudi Arabian summary chop chop is in order. Hope this time they put him down.

chisler's picture

And the assembling of a firing squad is a good idea.