Watchdog group sues over US taxpayer money given to Soros group

Judicial Watch announced on Wednesday it is suing the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to obtain records showing it gave $4,819,125 in taxpayer money to the Macedonian branch of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

The conservative foundation filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of State and the USAID after they failed on Feb. 16 to relinquish records pertaining to grants or payment authorizations and records involving communications between State Dept. or USAID officials and the Open Society Foundations.

Furthermore, Judicial Watch also requested records of communication sent by Jess L. Baily, a U.S. ambassador to Macedonia, as well as records of the political activities of the Open Society Foundation—Macedonia.

According to the USAID website, it reports that between February 27, 2012, and August 31, 2016, USAID gave $4,819,125 in taxpayer money to Soros’s Open Society Foundation – Macedonia (FOSM), in partnership with four local civil society organizations. The USAID’s website links to www.soros.org.mk, and says the project trained hundreds of young Macedonians “on topics such as freedom of association, youth policies, citizen initiatives, persuasive argumentation and use of new media.”

The watchdog group is now taking action to investigate how the U.S. government colluded with billionaire George Soros “to quietly spend millions of taxpayer dollars” to destabilize Macedonia’s democratically elected right-of-center government.

“The Obama administration seemed to bust taxpayer budgets in an effort to fund the Soros operation,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “The Trump State Department and USAID should get their act together and disclose the details of the Obama-Soros spigot.”

Judicial Watch charges the money was used to fund the translation and publication of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” into Macedonian, which as “a tactical manual of subversion, provides direct advice for radical street protests and proclaims Lucifer to be the first radical.”

Obama-appointee and U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia Jess L. Bailey is allegedly responsible for channeling the funds, says Judicial Watch, and he has yet to be replaced by President Trump.

A spokesperson for the Open Society Foundations told Fox News the group “spends nearly a billion dollars of its own money a year promoting democracy, human rights, and good governance around the world. Our local foundations administer a minuscule amount of U.S. aid. When USAID chooses an Open Society national foundation to administer USAID funds — which go on to NGOs in the field — it is because we have a reputation for transparency, efficiency, and professionalism.”

H/T: Judicial Watch

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