Senators Demand State Department Probe Into Soros Organizations

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Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and a group of his colleagues are calling on the newly appointed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to immediately investigate how US taxpayer funds are being used by the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support Soros-backed, leftist political groups in several Eastern European countries including Macedonia and Albania.  According to the letter, potentially millions of taxpayer dollars are being funneled through USAID to Soros' Open Society Foundations with the explicit goal of pushing his progressive agenda.

"Unfortunately, we have received a credible report that, over the past few years, the U.S. Mission there has actively intervened in the party politics of Macedonia, as well as in the shaping of its media environment and civil society, often favoring left-leaning political group over others.  We find these reports discoraging and, if true, highly problematic."


"Much of the concerning activity in Macedonia has been perpetuated through USAID funds awarded to implementing entities such as George Soros' Open Society Foundations.  As the recipient of multiple grant awards and serving as a USAID contractor implementing projects in this small nation of 2.1 million people, our taxpayer funded foreign aid goes far, allowing Foundation Open Society - Macedonia (FOSM) to push a progressive agenda and invigorate the political left.  Our foreign aid should only be used to promote a political agenda if it is in the security or economic interests of our country to do so, and even at that, we must be cautious and respectful in such an endeavor.  We should be especially wary of promoting policies that remain controversial even in our own country and that have the potential to harm our relationship with the citizens of recipient countries."

As Fox News pointed out, USAID gave nearly $15 million to Soros' Foundation Open Society - Macedonia, and other Soros-linked organizations in the region, in the last 4 years of Obama's presidency alone.

The USAID website shows that 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, and says the project trained hundreds of young Macedonians “in youth activism and the use of new media instruments.”


The State Department told lawmakers that in addition to that project, USAID has recently funded a new Civic Engagement Project which partners with four organizations, including FOSM. The cost is believed to be around $9.5 million.


A citizen’s initiative called “Stop Operation Soros” has also published a white paper alleging U.S. money has been funding violent riots in the streets, as well as a Macedonian version of Saul Alinsky’s far-left handbook “Rules for Radicals.”


But Macedonia isn't the only sovereign nation where U.S. taxpayers are unknowingly funding Soros' efforts to force his leftist political agenda down the throats of the disaffected youth.

"This problem is not limited to Macedonia, but appears to follow a pattern of alarming activity in this volatile region. 
Respected leaders from Albania have made similar claims of US diplomats and Soros-backed organizations pushing for certain political outcomes in their country. 
Foundation Open Society - Albania (FOSA) and its experts, with funding from USAID, have the controversial Strategy Document for Albania Judicial Reform.  Some leaders believe that these "reforms" are ultimately aimed to give the Prime Minister and left-of-center government full control over judiciary power."

Moreover, similar efforts in Hungary were blasted by Prime Minister Viktor Orban last month who expressed concern about Soros meddling in his country’s political fights, and warned about Soros’ “trans-border empire.” Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told Fox News last month that they hoped that with a change in
administration in Washington, the Soros-led push against their government would decrease.

“I think it is no secret and everyone knows about the very close relationship between the Democrats and George Soros and his foundations. It is obvious that if Hillary Clinton had won then this pressure on us would be much stronger. With Donald Trump winning we have the hope that this pressure will be decreased on us,” he said.

Widely cited as an example of Soros’ influence during the Obama administration was a 2011 email, published by WikiLeaks, in which Soros urged Hillary Clinton to take action in Albania over recent demonstrations in the capital of Tirana.  Among other things, Soros urged Clinton to “bring the full weight
of the international community to bear on Prime Minister Berisha and opposition leader Edi Rama".

Dear Hillary,


A serious situation has arisen in Albania which needs urgent attention at senior levels of the US government. You may know that an opposition demonstration in Tirana on Friday resulted in the deaths of three people and the destruction of property. There are serious concerns about further unrest connected to a counter-demonstration to be organized by the governing party on Wednesday and a follow-up event by the opposition two days later to memorialize the victims. The prospect of tens of thousands of people entering the streets in an already inflamed political environment bodes ill for the return, of public order and the country's fragile democratic process.


I believe two things need to be done urgently:


1. 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.


2. Appoint a senior European official as a mediator.


While I am concerned about the rhetoric being used by both sides, I am particularly worried about the actions of the Prime Minister. There is videotape of National Guard members firing on demonstrators from the roof of the Prime Ministry. The Prosecutor (appointed by the Democratic Party) has issued arrest warrants for the individuals in question. The Prime Minister had previously accused the opposition of intentionally murdering these activists as a provocation.


After the tape came out deputies from his party accused the Prosecutor of planning a coup d'etat in collaboration with the opposition, a charge Mr. Berisha repeated today. No arrests have been made as of this writing. The demonstration resulted from opposition protests over the conduct of parliamentary elections in 2009. The political environment has deteriorated ever since and is now approaching levels of 1997, when similar issues caused the country to slide into anarchy and violence. There are signs that Edi Rama's control of his own people is slipping, which may lead to further violence.


The US and the EU must work in complete harmony over this, but given Albania's European aspirations the EU must take the lead. That is why I suggest appointing a mediator such as Carl Bildt. Martti Ahtisaari or Miroslav Lajcak, all of whom have strong connections to the Balkans.


My foundation in Tirana is monitoring the situation closely and can provide independent analysis of the crisis.


Thank you, George Soros

Not surprisingly, within a few days, A U.S. envoy was dispatched.

Aren't we all so lucky that Hillary's State Department could rely on the "independent analysis" of George Soros during times of crisis?

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Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Son of Loki Mar 16, 2017 5:04 PM

"Send in the Seals!"


Yeah, send in Seal Team 6... (& for 'backup' support on the mission, send in the 7th cavalry)...

Yog Soggoth's picture

7th Cavalry were chasing a group of Apaches into a narrow canyon in " I know what County", went into the cave and found a pool of water as a dead end. Never caught the injuns. Part of a treasure story, but true as of all accounts and that is why I brought up the seventh. It might be like the crossing of the Rubicon, and now it is hidden, but maybe you passed it.

Chauncey Gardener's picture

Arrest and prosecute for:

A. Income tax eveasion, it was good enough to bring down Al Capone. Freeze all his assets.

B. Prosecute him and his sons under the RICO statutues. Liquidate all his assets to pay down the debt.

C. Extradite to Russia, where Putin has a warrant out for his arrest. That will take care of the problem.

Lumberjack's picture

They'll get their cut and forget it all happened.


Kinda funny how Islamic states are so receptive to the original UPC Renewables with the First Wind name change. Must be a global warming issue...or how a freshman senator gets a key position on the Intel committee. Apples never fall far from the tree...

Lumberjack's picture

Sorry about the dup...


My computer has intel inside... when I bring the pigfucker King and his son to light.

NidStyles's picture

Nothing will come of this. This is merely to keep the public in control.

centerline's picture

Most likely.  To cast a thin shadow of credibility.  Just enough to make the masses move onto the next story about big asses and celebrity news.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) spastic_colon Mar 16, 2017 3:09 PM

Look over there!!! How are the squirrels in my BRACKETS doing?

Croesus's picture

Who else here would love to see Soros hung by the neck until dead?

Yog Soggoth's picture

Damning evidence from many Countries culminating in a world trial would produce more results Bubba. He knows he will die of old age and so do his group.

Scuba Steve's picture

But his offsprings heads could be lined up on a fence and displayed on Youtube ...

Just sayin.

HyperinflatmyNutts's picture

I agree Croesus but, if we can not do that Y not extradite him to Russia to stand trial?  I am sure he will be well taken care of.                                  

SmackDaddy's picture

His name was francis_sawyer.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Might I remind Mr. Trump that drone strikes have been used quite effectively by previous presidents.

Chupacabra-322's picture

There should be absolutely no question then as to why Russia threw out Criminal Pure Evil Psychopath Geroge Sorros & his NGO's from their Sovereign Country.

Every single Law Enforcement, Intelligence Agencies & Interpol should have a Global APB All Points Bullitin for the immediate apprehension & arrest of George Sorros.

The discourse in this Country would change over night.

Erek's picture

Some one needs to probe this bastard with a baseball bat and turn him into a popsicle.

Delving Eye's picture

George Soros and Jabba the Hut -- twins separated at birth.

Implied Violins's picture

I never see them both in the same place at the same time.

Chauncey Gardener's picture

Of course, you must be referring to Michael Moore...

Laddie's picture

Well people in HIGH PLACES are CLOSE to Soros, true name GYORGY SCHWARTZ.

Soros backed Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in real estate venture with $250 million

Zorba's idea's picture

..perhaps you didn't hear, Soros ain't no "made man"..the Don Corleone types are more patriotic all things considered than this piece of shit ever could imagine...if that were imaginable

Mr Pink's picture

Trump could skip these rallies and energize his base more by hanging Soros from a lamp post

political_proxy's picture

His evil spawn is already taking the reigns.

Lyman54's picture

You would think Hungary could organize a hit.

neutrino3's picture

Most of them waiting for US visa. ABC mother-few-ckers shieldim like endangered alien virus.

45North1's picture

A pleasant change from the "Blame Russia" meme.

VarenneRiver's picture

Words cannot express how shocked I am by this potential collusion...

NoDebt's picture

Fucking FINALLY!


Erek's picture

You think so? Could be nothing but smoke and mirrors.

eatthebanksters's picture

Can't we just skip the investigation and go straight to the execution?

Erek's picture

Is that a richman's conclave in New Zealand?

centerline's picture

Here in Central Florida, a guy who shot and killed his girlfriend... and baby (unborn)... then proceeded to execute a cop on camera... did not get the death penalty.  Why?  The state atty.  Guess who backed her with big $ to get elected?  (Only one guess needed, lol).  The entire community here is pissed off.

E.F. Mutton's picture

Soros isn't worried - He probably has Pedo Files or other usable material on the key players.  Good circus, though.

crazzziecanuck's picture

It's funny how "left-leaning" people are thinkig Soros is actually on their side.  But being pro-corporate, they're just following the money.  I guess it's one way to get income stability but at the cost of one's soul.

centerline's picture

He is infiltrating society at a lower level unfortunately.  At the local level.  Not using dirt, i'll bet.  Just useful idiots... and the world is ripe with them now.  The many decades of abundance turning sour, which has created a very unique and dangerous form of libtard... and counterpart, conservatard.

TheLastTrump's picture

You're so much better then both too, right? Schmuck.

centerline's picture

Actually yes.  And that's Mr. Schmuck to you. I care to think for myself as opposed to the -tards

oncemore's picture

Kill him somebody.

Shitonya Serfs's picture

I would recommend that to all those in Power/Control...then I would suggesting purging all of their descendants as well. Fixes many problems, sets harsh examples for those who want to follow.

centerline's picture

Highly illegal and immoral.  But, can't say I disagree.  (yeah... I'm going to hell... pretty sure... oh well).

SteveNYC's picture

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.”


So let me get this straight - this f*cking government will throw our dollars to Macedonia to help them "hold their government accountable", yet this same government has no accountability to its own people?!?!

Surely you jest.....


crazzziecanuck's picture

Nah, it's just funding for USAID crap like their attempt to create a Cuban version of Twitter to undermine the government there.

USAID seems to not be much more than a branch of the CIA.

HowdyDoody's picture

USAID serves to provide CIA agents with cover and to launder CIA financing.