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 www.soros.org.mk, 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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Kalymnian's picture

Throw them all into a  speacially constructed  alligator swamp type arena.

AngryNinja's picture

Where is Simon Wiesenthal, when you really need him. Burn this Nazi fuck down!

Atomizer's picture

Our leaders outside of government with controlling interest have thown a bone between World Theory System vs Dependency Theory. Once collided, they will run the numbers and proclaim a new Era. Have a look for yourself. 

World-Systems Theory - YouTube

Dependency theory - YouTube

Been fighting this shit for years. Think tanks believe they have a solution. Cut off their funding. Fund themselves, watch this bullshit drop like a lead balloon.

 

Radical Pragmatist's picture

Re: "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..."

"The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none; or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities."

 

"Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people under an efficient government. the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel."

Exerpted from George Washington's Farewell Address

Why is the United States promoting ANY political agenda in Macedonia or anywhere else with our tax dollars?  Arrogant Beltway Elites gaming foreign political agendas has led to stupidity and war too many times.  Enough...

whatisthat's picture

Soros should be prosecuted and imprisoned...

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

No, just gradually cut off his supply of babies' blood and watch the demon die slowly in agony.

IAmNumberSix's picture

He's worried about demonstrations and deaths in Albania meanwhile he's funding BLM in the US. This pos needs to be processed.

_freedom_lover_'s picture

Outrageous! Soros, the traitor, must go to jail for intervening in foreign countries affairs. 

_freedom_lover_'s picture

Outrageous! Soros, the traitor, must go to jail for intervening in foreign countries affairs. 

Wahooo's picture

He can't die fast enough.

alphasammae's picture

Kapo Soros cannot be trusted. He is a billionaire and still resorts in using other people's (USAID) funds to promulgate his hidden agenda. He is a total parasyte that lives on others.

LOL123's picture

He learned how to steal others belonging when he was 14 years old helping the Nazis.... 

LOL123's picture

How can America "export Democracy" when the left can't get their heads out of their butts long enough to get some oxygen to the brain and see we have a legal democratly elected President that they keep trying to derail into a coup d' e-tat by imposing an illegal regime change because they lost? 

Image is everything and facts are golden.

Greendawg's picture

Someone needs to start a website that shows where George Soros is on the planet and this site needs to be monitored by hit teams full time.   THe fact that america lets this peice of shit live is a testament to how weak you still are as a nation.   America please kill George Soros.  The world needs your help.

San Pedro's picture

DNC hate and discontent.. thug mob racist street violence is funded by Soros. His finger prints and money are all over it.

AKKadian's picture

Going to investigate Sorass. Won't mean nothing till we see him hauled off like Madoff.!!!

LN's picture

The American people would prefer a Seal Team terminate the worthless prick with extreme prejudice.

Bonus points for a live video feed.

LN

Edit to add: And please don't shoot him in the head, we are needing that for our "On a Pike" display.

bobdog54's picture

My first thought - about $&@#% time!

My second thought - I just wasted oxygen with my first thought....

LOL123's picture

I like the way Soros operates- I provide the cash through your Government and you supply the force, I'll supply the body bags we share the profits through both our foundations.... Nice! (Sarc)

Joe A's picture

USAID = CIA. And Soros has been active for decades in that region. Otpor was/is a CIA and Soros funded organization to start "color revolutions". After the revolution is successful the population and country if often worse off. The objective is only regime change.

dogismycopilot's picture

i have seen USAID "Grants" used as a reward for local nationals in at least 3 countries - bribes.

USAID is so corrupt and wasteful it makes DOD look efficient.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Operant word here is line items on budgets of many more than one US Dept Agency.

"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. "

How much are we wasting on Immigration & Refuges?

- Looks like you have to check both the State Dept & International Assistance Agency

State Department:

2015 Total Outlays International Organizations and Conferences = $3.6 Billion
2015 Total Outlays Global Health and Child Survival = $6.9 Billion
2015 Total Outlays Migration and Refugee Assistance = $3.3 Billion
2015 Total Outlays International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement = $1.3 Billion
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2015 Total Outlays State Department = $26.6 Billion

Table 5 Monthly Treasury Report (MTS) 30 Sep 2015

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See more under International Assistance

2015 Total Outlay Foreign Military Financing Program = $6.7 Billion
2015 Total Outlay Economic Support Fund = $5 Billion

Multilateral Assistance:
2015 Total Outlay Contribution to the International Development Association = $1.3 Billion
2015 Total Outlays Other Multilateral Assistance = $1.9 Billion

2015 Total Outlay Agency for International Development = $7.2 Billion

2015 Total Outlays for International Assistance Programs = $54.6 Billion

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International Assistance Programs:
2016 Total Millennium Challenge Corporation outlays = $700 Million
International Security Assistance:
2016 Total Foreign Military Financing Program outlays = $4.5 Billion
2016 Total Economic Support Fund outlays = $5.4 Billion
2016 Total Other outlays = $1.4 Billion (this large, but no description)

Multilateral Assistance:
2016 Total Outlay Contribution to the International Development Association = $1.2 Billion
2016 Total Outlays Other Multilateral Assistance = $1.4 Billion

Agency for International Development:
2016 Development Assistance Program outlays = $2.6 Billion
2016 Assistance for Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia = $51 Million
2016 International Disaster Assistance outlays = $2.2 Billion
2016 Operating Expenses outlays = $1.3 Billion (for what?)
2016 Total Outlay Agency for International Development = $6 Billion

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2016 Total Outlays for International Assistance Programs = $50 Billion

copernicus's picture

More importantly, Georgi has been running wild in Poland,funding all kinds of leftist organizations designed to overthrow right wing party which won the last elections. Creations such as KOD and Nowoczesna, a new party, are his creations.

Sledge-hammer's picture
Sledge-hammer (not verified) Mar 17, 2017 6:44 PM

George Soros--the most evil jew alive.