It is no secret George Soros has been funding leftist organizations in the United States. Now, he is even doing it overseas. These groups oppose conservatives in many nations, even to the point of instability. GOP Senators are asking the State Department if U.S. taxpayer dollars are being funneled through USAID to help these Soros-backed groups. Rex Tillerson has been tasked with finding the answer to this and other questions.
A group of senators are asking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to investigate claims that United States taxpayer money is being used to back political meddling by billionaire George Soros overseas. Tuesday, a letter was sent asking for a probe into how U.S. funds are being used by government agencies. Those agencies include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), over possible funding of left-wing political groups in other countries.
Mike Lee, the Republican Senator from Utah, is one of the co-signers. He even said foreign officials and political leaders have come to him with “reports of U.S. activity in their respective countries.”
He said in a statement: “This includes reports of diplomats playing political favorites, USAID funds supporting extreme and sometimes violent political activists, and the US Government working to marginalize the moderates and conservatives in leadership roles. This sort of political favoritism from our missions around the world is unacceptable.”
The letter was signed by Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla.; Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; David Perdue, R-Ga.; Ted Cruz, R-Texas; and Bill Cassidy, R-La. It followed a letter in February from GOP lawmakers asking about whether U.S. tax dollars have been used in recent years to fund Soros-backed projects in the small, conservative-led country of Macedonia.
USAID funding to Soro’s Open Society Foundations in Macedonia raised concerns that the U.S. Embassy was taking sides in the country’s political fight. The group’s stated goal is “to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens” but those familiar with the group claim it’s a front for Soros’ political maneuverings.
The website for USAID 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 says hundreds of young Macedonian students “in youth activism and the use of new media instruments.”
Tillerson asked to investigate
Secretary Tillerson’s 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.”
After being dissatisfied with responses to letters sent to the U.S. ambassador, the senators wrote to Tillerson, noting the situation in Macedonia, but also what they describe as “a pattern of alarming activity in this volatile region” pointing in to the nearby country of Albania. The question Americans want answered is if the Obama administration use US funds to support left-wing groups overseas?
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