Watchdog Sues State Department Over Soros Funding
Judicial Watch alleges USAID colluded to topple Macedonian government with leftist NGO
A conservative watchdog has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in order to obtain “records and communications relating to the funding and political activities of the Open Society Foundation – Macedonia,” the group announced Wednesday.
Open Society Foundation – Macedonia is one of the many tentacles of billionaire leftist activist George Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) organization, a network of global NGOs that work to promote liberalism, globalization, and the erosion of traditional values.
“We’ve witnessed the takeover of the entire civil sector and its abuse and instrumentalization to meet the goals of one political party. That is unacceptable and goes beyond the principles of civic organizing.”
“The Obama administration seemed to bust taxpayer budgets in an effort to fund the Soros operation,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in an official statement. “The Trump State Department and USAID should get their act together and disclose the details of the Obama-Soros spigot,” Fitton said.
The lawsuit follows a February 16 FOIA request into the funding that went unanswered by both the State Department and USAID. USAID’s own website reports it gave over $4.8 million in taxpayer cash to Soros’ Open Society Foundation – Macedonia organization between 2012 and 2016.
Conservatives and populists have long railed against Soros and his Open Society Foundations, which use the billionaire’s fortune to finance radical social and political movements across the world. A report by Judicial Watch published barely two weeks after its initial FOIA request revealed the Obama administration was eager to boost Soros initiatives with federal funds.
“The U.S. government has quietly spent millions of taxpayer dollars to destabilize the democratically elected, center-right government in Macedonia by colluding with leftwing billionaire philanthropist George Soros, records obtained by Judicial Watch show,” the organization said in their statement.
“Barack Obama’s U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, Jess L. Baily, has worked behind the scenes with Soros’ Open Society Foundation to funnel large sums of American dollars for the cause, constituting an interference of the U.S. Ambassador in domestic political affairs in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” the report claimed.
The report also detailed the manner in which Soros’ organization operates in Macedonia “according to high-level sources in Macedonia and the U.S. that have provided Judicial Watch with records as part of an ongoing investigation,” the same model used by the various Open Society Foundations the world over.
“The Open Society Foundation has established and funded dozens of leftwing, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Macedonia to overthrow the conservative government,” Judicial Watch reported. “The groups organize youth movements, create influential media outlets and organize violent protests to undermine the institutions and policies implemented by the government. One of the Soros groups funded the translation and publication of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” into Macedonian,” the report said. “The book is a tactical manual of subversion, provides direct advice for radical street protests, and proclaims Lucifer to be the first radical.”
“Thanks to Obama’s ambassador, who has not been replaced by President Trump, Uncle Sam keeps the money flowing so the groups can continue operating and recruiting, sources in Macedonia and the U.S. confirm,” the report continued.
The report offers insight into the Hungarian government’s decision to clamp down on Soros-related NGO activity in that country, and why the Macedonians themselves are resisting the billionaire globalist’s efforts. In January, Macedonian activists launched “Stop Operation Soros.”
“We’ve witnessed the takeover of the entire civil sector and its abuse … to meet the goals of one political party. That is unacceptable and goes beyond the principles of civic organizing,” said SOS co-founder Nikola Srbov during the official launch.
“The Open Society Foundation, operating under the Soros umbrella, used its funding and personnel to support violent processes in Macedonia. It has monopolized the civil-society sector, pushing outside any organization which disagrees with the Soros ideology,” he continued.
The State Department and USAID’s funding of Soros’s OSF groups has raised concern among U.S. lawmakers. Three days prior to President Trump’s inauguration, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) sent a letter to Ambassador Baily demanding he explain the State Department’s relationship with Soros’ efforts.
A month later, seven Republican congressmen wrote a letter to the Government Accountability Office demanding an audit of, and an investigation into, the State Department and USAID’s activities in Macedonia.
“Unfortunately, we have heard credible reports that, over the past two years, the U.S. Mission to Macedonia has actively intervened in the party politics of Macedonia, as well as in the shaping of its media environment and civil society, in an improperly partisan manner, one that, directly and indirectly, has influenced the outcome of elections in Macedonia,” the letter stated.
In a twist of irony, the letter was sent at a time when liberals and Democrats were at the very height of their fury over Russian “interference” in the U.S. election.
On March 14, a group of six senators, including Sens. Lee and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), wrote a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demanding an investigation into all State Department and USAID funding of Soros' OSF groups and other organizations.
"Over the past few months, elected officials and political leaders of foreign nations have been coming to me with disappointing news and reports of US activity in their respective countries," Lee, whose press release regarding the letter mentioned Soros specifically, said in an official statement.
"This includes reports of diplomats playing political favorites, USAID funds supporting extreme and sometimes violent political activists, and the U.S. government working to marginalize the moderates and conservatives in leadership roles," he continued.
"This sort of political favoritism from our missions around the world is unacceptable and endangers our bilateral relationships," the Utah senator said.