It looks like billionaire George Soros is in hot water after influencing the politics in European countries, and for the funneling of U.S. tax payers money to help him to do so.
Congress is specifically looking at what happened in Macedonia.
From Fox News:
Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., led a group of House lawmakers in writing to Ambassador Jess Baily — an Obama appointee — demanding answers. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, also expressed concerns about USAID money going to Soros’ Open Society Foundations as part of a broader concern that the U.S. Embassy has been taking sides in party politics.
“I have received credible reports that, over the past few years, the US Mission to Macedonia has actively intervened in the party politics of Macedonia, as well as the shaping of its media environment and civil society, often favoring groups of one political persuasion over another,” Lee said in his letter.
So basically what’s being alleged is that the US Mission in Macedonia, operating under the prior administration of President Barack Obama/Secretary of State John Kerry, directed USAID money to Soros to interfere in the politics of conservative Macedonia.
Former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski says Soros had significant influence on the politics of his country.
Lee’s staff recently met with Macedonia lawmakers, who also passed on a white paper from a citizen’s initiative called “Stop Operation Soros” which alleges U.S. money has been funding hard-left causes in the country — including violent riots in the streets, as well as a Macedonian version of Saul Alinsky’s far-left handbook “Rules for Radicals.”
In an extensive 40-page dossier, the group alleges USAID money is being used to fund activists and exclusively left-wing media groups as a way to sway the country’s politics.
USAID gave millions in grants to Soros’ organization in Macedonia.
The letter claimed U.S. government assistance has not funded partisan political activities in Macedonia, but noted that from 2002 to the present, USAID had provided three grants to Foundation Open Society – Macedonia (FOSM).
One of these grants is outlined on the USAID website. 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.”
There’s even more money that the Soros money may have access to between 2017 to 2021, with some $9.5 million granted to four organizations including the FOSM.
John Podesta emails from 2011 also revealed Soros’ role in Albania, in which he urged that Hillary Clinton become involved in that country. Former Macedonian PM Gruevski cited the WikiLeaks emails to show how Soros can command that action of U.S. officials.
Soros is not just focused on Europe, of course.
“This guy is a spider with lots of webs,” GOP strategist Brad Blakeman told Fox News’ “Strategy Room.” “He controls numerous third-party groups, where he uses his influence. We’ve seen it internally with Black Lives Matter, the demonstrations taken place after the inaugural — this is what he does.”
After violent left-wing activists rioted at Berkeley in protest of a lecture by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, The Daily Caller reported that the main group behind the protests — Refuse Facism — was backed by The Alliance for Global Justice — which in turn is backed by The Tides Foundation, a Soros-funded group.
Alliance for Global Justice also was behind the Occupy Movement.
Soros has also contributed to Center For American Progress (John Podesta’s liberal group) and Media Matters.
It’s shocking that our tax dollars should be spent on disrupting the politics of another country, and also to help the leftist cause.
What do you think?