A conservative watchdog organization is suing the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit demanding their records and communications corroborating that millions in federal funding was given to Leftist billionaire George Soro’s Open Society Foundation – Macedonia.
Judicial Watch (JW) President Tom Fitton argues that former President Barack Obama spent nearly $5 million from taxpayers to fund his progressive agenda overseas.
“The Obama administration seemed to bust taxpayer budgets in an effort to fund the Soros operation,” Fitton proclaimed, according to Judicial Watch.
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He is calling for President Donald Trump to fully expose Obama’s underhanded dealings.
“The Trump State Department and USAID should get their act together and disclose the details of the Obama-Soros spigot,” Fitton insisted.
Between February 27, 2012 and August 31, 2016, USAID paid $4,819,125 in taxpayer funds to Soro’s Open Society Foundation – Macedonia (FOSM), which partnered with four local civil society organizations, according to the USAID website.
After refusing to provide the demanded information under the FOIA, JW filed suit.
“The suit was filed after both the U.S. Department of State and USAID failed to respond to a February 16, 2017, FOIA request,” JW reported. “The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (No. 1:17-cv-00729)).”
The money was utilized by an Obama-appointed diplomat to influence a strategically located eastern European nation.
“The group had also asked for responsive records of communication sent from Jess L. Baily, an Obama-appointee and former U.S. ambassador to Macedonia, and similar records of the political activities of the Open Society Foundation-Macedonia,” Fox News stated.
Shifting the political climate to the Left via the youth generation in Greece’s neighbor to the north was evidently the project’s goal.
“[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,” reads a link from USAID’s website to an Open Society website.
When the State Department was questioned about the political maneuvering with taxpayer money, a representative refused to divulge any information.
“The Department does not comment on matters under litigation,” a spokesperson for the State Department told Fox News.
However, Soro’s group was more open to questioning on the matter, but admitted no wrongdoing.
“The Open Society Foundations spends nearly a billion dollars of its own money a year promoting democracy, human rights and good governance around the world,” a spokesperson from Open Society Foundations expressed in a statement to Fox News. “Our local foundations administer a miniscule amount of US 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. The work the Macedonia foundation supports has helped the Macedonian people by strengthening healthcare, education, community activism and journalism in the country – often in partnership with the European Union, the United States and the Macedonian government.”
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Michael F. Haverluck