Republicans in the Senate are urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to launch an investigation into claims that liberal billionaire George Soros is funding his left-wing activist network with help from the U.S. government.
Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, James Inhofe, and others signed their names to a letter asking Tillerson for help getting to the bottom of the allegations. In the letter, the senators request information about how taxpayer money is being distributed by the U.S. government, especially as it pertains to left-wing groups overseas.
In a statement, Sen. Lee said he’d received reports from foreign politicians that accuse U.S. entities like USAID of partisan activity in their countries.
“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,” said Lee. “This sort of political favoritism from our missions around the world is unacceptable.”
Republicans have been questioning whether some of those funds went to George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, but they have yet to get a satisfactory response. The letter to Tillerson is the second one GOP senators have sent asking for more information about where these USAID funds are going and what they are being used to promote.
From Fox News:
In particular, USAID funding to Soros’ Open Society Foundations in Macedonia sparked concern that the U.S. Embassy has been taking sides in the country’s fiery political fights. 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.
The USAID website 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 hundreds of young Macedonians “in youth activism and the use of new media instruments.”
The book on Soros has been written, and there can be no more feigned ignorance about his goals. Where he is involved, his socialist ideology cannot be far behind. If he wants to use donations and his own hefty bank account to bring liberalism to the world, that’s his business. But if taxpayer money is going to fund these endeavors, it needs to stop immediately.