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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The full letter:

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beemasters's picture

"....yet this same government has no accountability to its own people?!?!"

Yes, Bush, Cheney, Obama, Kissinger etc, had no accountability to the American people. Lock them up.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ bee,





In that order.

crazybob369's picture

About freakin time!!!!

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

It's about damn time someone investigated this piece of human (the word used loosely) debris and his organization!

Erek's picture

Don't you mean "non-human"?

consider me gone's picture

Also his son needs to be given an ultimatum.  Make money and shut the f up, or else. 

Bill of Rights's picture

Only took 40 fuck'en years and many Countries destroyed from this scum of the earth. PROBE! PROBE! he should be shot on SITE!

WTFUD's picture

. . . . and even in old-age his appetite for Regime Change hasn't dissipated.

RattieNomNom's picture

so? so? is it gonna happen....?!

WTFUD's picture

Soros wrote the Playbook on Subversiveness.

RagaMuffin's picture

Was Soros separated from McCain at birth, either invitro or in eutero?

Implied Violins's picture

They weren't born; they were hatched.

CuttingEdge's picture

Not so subtle difference:

Soros has brain cells (however fucking evil they are).

Wetstart Shitstain McCain, sadly, has none.

A brain-dead turd from his inception.

Implied Violins's picture

Easy explanation:

One is a lizard.

The other is a gadfly.

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

There was no uterus or birthing involved for either.  Think more along the lines of test tubes, stolen body parts and voodoo rituals.

tuttisaluti's picture

it's about time to trow this leach under the bus

RagnarRedux's picture

His ethnic cohorts(hive) will fervently cover for him!

truthalwayswinsout's picture

This is a start. Watch for him to suddenly leave the country to one that does not have extradition.

crossroaddemon's picture

No, this is theater. You can't possiby believe anyone is serious about investigating him.

eatthebanksters's picture

I heard that he's on his way to Tahiti for a month...

crossroaddemon's picture

He's going there to fuck underage bitches and catch some rays... not hide from justice that will never be forthcoming.

Seriously, hit me with one good example of these fuckers getting their comeuppance. I'll wait.

Sick Underbelly's picture

Makes me think about training my sniper skills and hunting this bastard down...doing the world a great favor.

Because sure as the sunset, CONgress and (((friends))) aren't gonna do SHIT about this.

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

Just for laughs - what are your sniper skills?

WillyGroper's picture

hope soros time is ending.  interpret that many ways.


speaking of senators...from OK.

jared fogle got the shit beat out of him too.

Sick Underbelly's picture

What did Shortey do to have his skeletons brought out?   Did he piss off too many people?

I'm guessing others of his ilk have worse things than prostitution in the closet...why him?  why now?

WillyGroper's picture

likes lil boys.

backed dt too.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Those "within 1,000 feet of a [structure]" laws seem to merely lead to said [structure] being erected every 995 feet.

I knew about the laws where "school" was [structure], but had not heard of "church" laws.

crossroaddemon's picture

Ok, does anybody still believe this is not theater? No FUCKING way in hell is Soros getting investigated for anything ever.

moneybots's picture

"Over the past few years, the U.S. Mission there has actively intervened in the party politics of Macedonia"


Aren't countries not supposed to interfere with other countries elections, according to our government?

SharkBit's picture

Good!  About time.  Send Soros back to Hungary.

Swamp Yankee's picture

What's this?


Will the senate be doing something useful and productive for a change?


..... nah.

Avichi's picture

High time FBI start investigating SOREASS organization associated with funding the "Bern Bernie Sanders hooligans" who created social unrest in Chicago attcking #TRUMP supporters,The Chicago connection is the LYNCH pin to the rest of their thugs underground.

earleflorida's picture

soros & sons are but 'cogs in a wheel'--- agitating/ fomenting the balkans for his masters

remember: there is no profit in peace

wmbz's picture

The only "probe" that Sorass should get is one about a foot long up his ass connected to an air hose!

LoveTruth's picture

Israel should have put in jail this Satanist for crimes against humanity for life. 

Pumpkin's picture

He's late for a date with Satan.

TwelveOhOne's picture

LOL just watched South Park Movie again recently, Saddam was still alive when it was made.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

At least the NFL dropped the non-political, non-profit charade.


The very idea that any taxpayer money going to Soros is mind-blowing.

kenny500c's picture

I would like to know how much of this dough is being siphoned off and ends up in his pockets, and then used to advance his Marxist agenda in the U.S.?

And how did this market manipulator and convicted felon (France) obtain U.S. citizenship?

25miles's picture

You would think an organization that aims to empower citizens to hold their government accountable would be popular at ZH but apparently not.  Granted, USAID shouldn't be trying to influence other countries political processes but how and why does the author twist that into an investigation of Soros' organization?  It's USAID that needs to be held accountable not the NGO they are helping to finance.

TheLastTrump's picture

"why does the author twist that"


The author isn't the only twister here.


You're clearly a paid shill troll, no one else would be STUPID ENOUGH to defend ANY GEORGE SOROS ORGANIZATION.

25miles's picture

Sadly, no one is paying me.  But if you look at the list of Soros' philanthropic causes it's appears he's trying to promote democratic freedoms and he's spending piles of his own money to do it.  Call me whatever names you like but that seems laudable to me.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Democracy is not a worthy goal.  "Two wolves and a sheep voting what's for dinner."