Skip to comments.Soros Foundation Given $30 Million by US Government
Posted on 04/25/2005 6:26:44 AM PDT by stevio
(CNSNews.com) - The Open Society Institute, a private foundation controlled by liberal billionaire and political activist George Soros, received more than $30 million from U.S. government agencies between 1998 and 2003. Last year, Soros donated at least $20 million of his own money to such liberal groups as Moveon.org, in a failed attempt to block the re-election of President George W. Bush.
Tax records the Open Society Institute (OSI) is required to file with the Internal Revenue Service list "FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES" as "Contributors" of amounts between $4.6 million and $8.9 million over a six year period:
* 1998 - $4,611,617
* 2000 - $4,934,678
* 2001 - $5,869,809
* 2002 - $6,138,125
* 2003 - $8,889,802
The amounts total $30,454,031. Records from 1999 and 2004 were not immediately available.
Cybercast News Service asked OSI to provide a detailed list of its funding from U.S. government agencies, the records from 1999 and 2004 and an explanation of how the money has been spent. The foundation did not reply to multiple requests for the information.
In an online document entitled Building Donor Partnerships, OSI explains how its various subsidiaries, called "national foundations," can get funding and other support from the governments in their home nations:
* Public financing can be used to co-fund, expand or ensure sustainability of programs initiated by the national foundation.
* When a government cannot provide funds, it can allocate land, use of facilities, media time or staff to a donor partnership.
* Governments can waive or reduce taxes and duties for efforts of the Soros foundations.
* Governments can publicize the programs or requests of the national foundation through official channels, often at no charge.
OSI has apparently applied this strategy in the U.S., as well. The foundation received 1.4 to 4.4 percent of its annual contributions between 1998 and 2003 from American taxpayer funding. Various State Department documents indicate that OSI has been paid to run what the department describes as "democratization programs" in a number of countries.
"The Open Society Institute receives funding from the United States," a State Department press statement declared, "and has spent close to $22 million in Uzbekistan in order to help build a vibrant civil society."
Another report explained that "The United States also supports organizations, such as ... the Open Society Institute ... working inside and outside the (Burmese) region on a broad range of democracy promotion activities."
A State Department Fact Sheet also described "an HIV/AIDS prevention program carried out jointly with the Open Society Institute and Soros-Kazakhstan Foundation that targets high-risk populations" in Central Asia. The website of the U.S. Agency for International Development also lists numerous projects conducted in cooperation with OSI.
On the "About Us" page of its website, the Soros-controlled foundation explains that it exists "to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights and economic, legal and social reform."
Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), told Cybercast News Service that any seemingly positive activities Soros-controlled groups engage in should be kept in perspective.
"Congress should keep in mind that this is the same organization that supports numerous hard-left radical activities in the United States and abroad," Boehm said. "The Open Society Institute gave $20,000 to the defense fund for Lynne Stewart, (who was) accused of working with the terrorists who planned the original World Trade Center attack."
Boehm said the numerous left of center political activities supported by OSI include "drug legalization efforts, pro-abortion policies and numerous other controversial causes." OSI tax records show contributions of:
* $4.41 million to the American Civil Liberties Union and its state affiliates,
* $500,000 to the Pro-Choice Education Project to launch a (pro-abortion rights) "public education and media strategy,"
* $100,000 to the Death Penalty Information Center, an organization that works against capital punishment,
* $100,000 to Catholics for a Free Choice, a religious group that advocates for abortion rights,
* $100,000 to the Pennsylvania Coalition to Save Lives Now "to support needle exchange programs,"
* $80,000 over three years to the Gay Straight Alliance Network, to promote "a traveling photo documentary exhibit by lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and questioning youth,"
* $45,000 to the Democracy Matters Institute "to bring the campaign finance reform movement to college campuses,"
* $50,000 to the Coalition for an International Criminal Court "to promote education, awareness and acceptance of the International Criminal Court," and
* $35,000 to the Abortion Access Project.
Boehm also criticized taxpayer dollars going to the Soros-controlled entity, because of the overt, partisan political activities Soros supports.
"George Soros also has been the 'Daddy Warbucks' of numerous left-wing political campaigns in the past year," Boehm said.
As Cybercast News Service previously reported, Soros pledged millions of dollars from his own estimated $7 billion personal fortune to the failed efforts to derail President Bush's re-election bid through various tax-exempt political action committees such as MoveOn.org. Boehm described the expenditures as "the height of hypocrisy.
"Soros has bankrolled the groups that have lobbied for limits on political giving and for disclosure," Boehm said. "But he apparently believes that the law should only apply to other people, and not to himself."
Asked about the seemingly contradictory spending, Soros was unapologetic.
"I am not violating either the letter of the law or the spirit," he said before the 2004 election in an interview with Time magazine. "The letter, because the institutions that I'm supporting were there before I started supporting them, the spirit, because campaign-finance regulation has been designed to deny access to special interests, and by supporting these organizations, I gain no access."
On Jan. 18, 2005, NLPC filed a 41-page complaint against Soros with the Federal Election Commission. Boehm said at the time that Soros' multi-city, anti-Bush media tour was "possibly the largest off-the-books independent expenditure ever run."
"It's especially important that the FEC look at it, because it occurred the month before a very close election in key swing states," Boehm said. "Disclosure is the absolute heart of campaign finance law, and Soros' anti-Bush campaign could have potentially shifted the outcome of the presidential election."
Neither that allegation, nor any other formal complaint has accused Soros' Open Society Institute of using taxpayer funding to pay for anti-Bush political activities. Soros continues to deny any wrongdoing.
Regardless, Boehm believes the combination of Soros' left leaning ideology and partisan political involvement should make the federal government reconsider funding any organization he controls.
"It's hard to believe the State Department couldn't find a more credible organization to carry out these projects. There usually is not a shortage of non-governmental institutions seeking taxpayer money," Boehm concluded. "Selecting a group led by someone with such a strong political agenda, and which funds so many controversial ideological activities, is, well, short sighted."
Multiple calls to the State Department and United States Agency for International Development, which have both funded OSI, were not returned.
We all just have giant "kick me" signs on our backs.
Another liberal leach on society.
Taxpayer money should not be used for political purposes.
Your government, and your tax dollars, at work.
Washington is out of control.
Using our tax dollars to arm the enemy.
Get rid of the IRS, replace it with a NRST. No more deductions for anything, all of the tax dodge foundations wiped away. The only reason to give or collect monies would be to help people, not scam the treasury.
When I first seen the headline, I thought, did Soros become a farmer. Then you read it and find out farmers are not the only millioniare/billioniares on the government dole.
I heard that the top 5 donors to the Democrats in '04, gave more than the federal contribution to the Kerry camp. Democraps the party of the little guy? Yeah right.
WRONG! Washington is FIRMLY IN CONTROL! (by the liberals).....
And notice how or "conservative" Congress has more than DOUBLED their funding since 1998.
It really is the Stupid Party.
The State Department and U.S.A.I.D are the pipeline into the pockets of $ORO$ through OSI.
Thanks for shedding light on domestic enemy links inside our government.
to me its like the government giving x million to a neo-nazi group
Helping people is supposed to be a private and/or religious charity. Tax revenues should be used for the basic cost of government. Not a penny more, regardless of how the revenues are collected.
P.S.: We have a treasury in name only -- a TINO.
All your labor and the labor of your descendants are now belong to the Federal Reserve.
It's called voluntary servitude.
Let Soros fund his own groups, so other people can fund the American commies.
BTTT- This article should be sent to every Representative and Senator, with a note declaring your outrage!!
How do you spell INK RED UBB LEE ASS INN EIN ???
Yeah, only now, if you try pointing that out to them they enjoy saying "but you guys (conservatives) control everything!"
How do you call it voluntary? We aren't writing our congressmen enough?
So, in other words...the US Government, paid for by US taxpayer funds...basically paid for all the anti-Bush lies and propaganda Soros bankrolled in 2004.
and you thought my remark about the globalists was over the top? Maybe this thread will enlighten you.
This is a prime example of the Public/private partnerships proposed to businesses and NGOs in a series of "conversations" which started bact in 1994-1996 with Clinton-Gore. Public/private partnerships do a couple of things to rip the fabric of the Republic. One, under these programs the government can just "give away" tax payer dollars to any organization they see fit. This is in utter contradiction to the US Constiution. The private partnership or privitization accomplishes two things for a burgeoning fascism in this country. The government can select the companies it bestows taxpayer largesse upon and often pick companies known to be corrupt and willing to do just about anything for the money. Once the money is given, the company becomes beholden to the government. Now the company solidifies the governments control in specific areas where it had none before, and the company will act at the behest of the government because of it.
The government as you have seen in the last several years, is not working for the American people by request of the American people, but are pushing an internationalist agenda from outside the country down onto state, county and local governments. This system of public/private partnerships is designed to bust the idea of government by the people and be an enforcing mechanism for government by international elites.
To save our country, we must get congress to outlaw this type of graft immediately. But many people are on the taxpayer dole now through public/private partnerships,it looks like our whole economy is based on it these days. But loyal Americans must make the government stop, and make it a felony for government agencies to unilaterally distribute tax money to private organziations for any purpose.
Turn the rotten logs over and shine the hot spotlights on all of them -- Soros, Tides, PBS/NPR/CPB, ACLU, NEA.
What the hell is going on here? My God. To an foreigner of all things. My God, this has got to stop! This has got to stop!
Is there any hope?
This is just like what is going on in Canada! Taking money from the taxpayers and giving to the Democrats so they can stay in power.
This is my money and your money!
There goes my SSI..!!
Why, oh why, am I not surprised?
We fools and our money are soon parted!
The reason things like this happen (tax money to socialist/communist causes) is because there are plenty of socialists/communists in our government, industry, military, schools, etc., etc,. etc!
The solution to this problem, and it won't happen overnight, is to help elect as many fiscal AND social conservatives as possible..........it is going to take years and years to weed these anti-american forces out of government, etc.
In 1992 and again in 1996, people who were upset with Bush 41 and Dole, either stayed home and didn't vote or voted for Perot (when he was on the ballot), or shudder, voted for Clinton..............and thus we GOT Clinton, the first communist (if Clinton is not a communist, he is doing the best damn inpression of one I have ever seen) to ever be elected President of the United States.................and look what spite got us............hundreds of thousands of socialist/communists added to the payrolls of national and state governments and in the private sector..................I know, I know, Bush 41 and Dole were not the best examples of social and fiscial conservatives, but THEY WERE BETTER THAN CLINTON !!!!! (Sorry for yelling)
Do you really believe that the people fighing Bush 43 every inch of the way, fighting the Bolton nomination, fighting against the war on terriorism, fighting against judical nominations, fighting against decency, and traditional religion, and traditional marriage, in our schools, in our government, in just about every single aspect of our lives..............do you actually believe that these people are not socialists? Do you actually believe that some of them are not communists? When McCarthy was silenced..........these people did not go away, just the opposite has happened, they are here, in our lives, and in big numbers, and they are helping to fund themselves with your money!
Vote, vote conservative, both fiscial and social, before it is too late.
who is worse ...?
the politician who participates in this .. or the one who won't stop it?
Thank God for a conservative media outlet.
If this was being allowed to continue under Powell, does that explain why Condi Rice is now head of the State Dept?
Condi will have a big job to do, if she wants to clean up the State Department.
As the saying goes "The enemy is within, we will be over
over run, by the people we elected".
That's about it, johnb838. Tacit consent. If we don't complain, they'll bend your bones to the point of fracture, immobilizing you with no will to rebel, leaving you with just enough awareness to beg 'them' for a stronger anesthesia.
Very good point.
>>>The solution to this problem, and it won't happen overnight, is to help elect as many fiscal AND social conservatives as possible..........it is going to take years and years to weed these anti-american forces out of government, etc.
How is this done in states held hostage by voter fraud?
What are our options then?
Soros had to have Congressional help to get all this money. We demand to know who it was.
Moreover, we need to demand that Congress make public anybody who meets with Congress to get federal money.
We want details on who is meeting with Congress, the purpose of the meeting, and what they are going to use our taxes for.
No more plotting behind our backs to suckup our tax dollars without our knowledge or consent. This must end.
Isn't this a fitting definition of a liberal?