Allegations that U.S. taxpayer money is being used to fund billionaire George Soros’ efforts to disrupt the political landscape here and overseas could soon prompt an investigation by Sec. of State Rex Tillerson.
Fox News reported that a letter was sent by Republicans on Tuesday asking Tillerson to start probing into “how U.S. funds are being used by agencies such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to back left-wing political groups in other countries.”
Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, a co-signer of the letter, stated that “foreign officials and political leaders have come to him with reports of U.S. activity in their respective countries.”
According to Lee, there have been reports of diplomats who “play political favorites;” allegations that USAID funds are supporting extreme, even violent political activists; and talk that the U.S. Government is actively working to marginalize moderates and conservatives who hold leadership roles. “This sort of political favoritism from our missions around the world is unacceptable,” he said.
Senators. James Inhofe, R-Okla.; Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; David Perdue, R-Ga.; Ted Cruz, R-Texas; and Bill Cassidy, R-La., also signed the letter. GOP lawmakers wrote another letter in February inquiring if U.S. tax dollars were used in recent years to “fund Soros-backed projects in the small, conservative-led country of Macedonia.”
Reports that USAID funded Soros’ Open Society Foundations in Macedonia have many concerned that the U.S. Embassy has been choosing sides in that country’s political discourse. “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’ political maneuverings,” according to The Hill’s report on Wednesday.
According to its website, USAID forked over nearly $5 million in taxpayer cash between 2012 and 2016 to FOSM for “The Civil Society Project,” which “aims to empower Macedonian citizens to hold government accountable.” In fact, USAID’s website is linked to www.soros.org.mk and claims that the project trained young Macedonians by the hundreds to participate “in youth activism and the use of new media instruments.”
In addition, USAID recently funded a new Civic Engagement Project believed to cost approximately $9.5 million.
“Stop Operation Soros” is the name of a citizen’s initiative which recently published a white paper with claims that U.S. taxpayer 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.'”
It was reported that the senators wrote to Tillerson because of their dissatisfaction with the way letters sent to the U.S. ambassador were apparently ignored. They wrote about the situation in Macedonia as well as “a pattern of alarming activity” in the volatile region, especially the nearby country of Albania.
“Respected leaders from Albania have made similar claims of U.S. diplomats and Soros-backed organizations pushing for certain political outcomes in their country,” the senators wrote, noting that FOSM is encouraging judicial reform in Albania, which critics have warned would hand control of the country’s judiciary over to the socialist government. “The destabilizing effects of such actions in a NATO country are clear and the threat for further escalation eminent as Albania anticipates parliamentary elections later this year.”
Reports coming in from countries in Africa and Latin America are also causing concern. “We respectfully ask that you use your authority to investigate all funds associated with promoting democracy and governance and review the programs, accounts, and multiplicity of U.S. entities involved in such activities,” the senators wrote.
Last month, conservative Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban warned about Soros’ “trans-border empire,” and Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó reportedly said that he was hoping the new administration in Washington would quell Soros’ subversive efforts against their government.
“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,” said Szijjártó.
A 2011 email published by WikiLeaks revealed the fact that “Soros urged Hillary Clinton to take action in Albania over recent demonstrations in the capital of Tirana.” In it, 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.
An envoy was dispatched days later.
H/T: Fox News
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