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Obama Administration Helped Fund George Soros’ Left-Wing Political Activities in Albania
https://www.judicialwatch.org/ ^ | APRIL 04, 2018

Posted on 06/28/2018 2:49:35 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK

Obama USAID Used U.S. Taxpayers’ Funds to Back Soros Group’s Effort to Give Albania’s Socialist Government ‘Full Control Over Judiciary’

(Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch obtained 32 pages of records showing the Obama administration sent U.S. taxpayers’ funds to a group backed by billionaire George Soros, which used the money to fund left-wing political activities in Albania, including working with the country’s socialist government to push for highly controversial judicial “reform.” The records also detail how the Soros operation helped the State Department review grant applications from other groups for taxpayer funding.

The records were obtained in a May 26, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) after both the State Department and USAID failed to respond to March 31, 2017, FOIA requests (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (No. 1:17-cv-01012)). Judicial Watch agreed to dismiss the lawsuit after it received the documents and payment of attorneys’ fees.

The new documents show USAID funds were funneled through that agency’s Civil Society Project to back Soros’s left-wing Open Society Foundations in Albania, particularly the Soros operation efforts to give the socialist government greater control of the judiciary. USAID reportedly gave $9 million in 2016 to the “Justice for All” campaign, which is overseen by Soros’s “East West Management Institute.”

In March 2017, a group of six U.S. Senators led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking that he investigate charges that the U.S. government was using taxpayer funds to assist Soros in Albania. The letter said, “Foundation Open society-Albania and its experts, with funding from USAID, have created the controversial Strategy Document for Albanian Judicial Reform. Some leaders believe that these ‘reforms’ are ultimately aimed to give the Prime Minister and left-of-center government full control over the judiciary.” In the Albanian parliament, opposition leaders have labeled the Strategy “a Soros-sponsored reform.”

The new records released by Judicial Watch include an April 2016 memo from the U.S. Embassy in Tirana that reveals that the embassy “sponsored” a survey along with Soros’s Open Society Foundation to measure Albanian citizens’ “knowledge, support, and expectations on justice reform.” The Soros group survey reported that “91% of respondents either ‘fully support’ or ‘somewhat support’ the need for judicial reform.” The poll did not specify the type of reform the Soros group was seeking.

Also, records dated February 2017 show that the State Department used taxpayer funds to co-sponsor a second poll with the Open Society Foundation on judicial reforms that would essentially solidify the left’s control of the Albanian government. The report notes that the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section and the Open Society Foundation “each provided funding to a local organization to conduct a public opinion poll on attitudes towards the Judicial Reform effort.”

The records also reveal that the State Department gave the Soros organization direct input for its own program funding reviews in Albania. The February 10, 2017, report on “Engagement with the Open Society Foundation for Albania” notes that “As one of the major assistance providers in Albania, representatives from the Open Society Foundation are frequently asked to participate in technical reviews of application [sic] that we receive for funding.”

The U.S. Ambassador to Albania Donald Lu, a holdover from the Obama administration, has been closely linked to Soros and the socialist government in Albania. In May 2017, Lu helped undermine Albanian opposition party plans to protest the upcoming parliamentary election by declaring that the U.S. would recognize the election results even if opposition parties refused to participate. Lu has been described in the U.S. press as “a driving force behind Albania’s judicial reforms.”

“The Obama administration quietly spent at least $9 million in U.S. taxpayers’ dollars in direct collusion with left-wing billionaire George Soros’ backing of a socialist government in Albania. It is particularly outrageous that the State Department allowed the Soros operation to help direct taxpayer funds to other groups,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “George Soros is a billionaire and he shouldn’t be receiving taxpayer support to advance his radical left agenda to undermine freedom here at home and abroad.”

In related cases, Judicial Watch is seeking information regarding Soros’ activities in Macedonia, Romania and Colombia.


TOPICS: Education; History; Reference
KEYWORDS: albania; fundingtheleft; obamaadm; obamasoros; soros
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1 posted on 06/28/2018 2:49:35 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

Is this illegal?


2 posted on 06/28/2018 2:51:14 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: Linda Frances

If it was Legal Obama would go nowhere near it ,LOL


3 posted on 06/28/2018 2:53:04 PM PDT by butlerweave
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

May they all burn in hell and soon


4 posted on 06/28/2018 2:53:12 PM PDT by southernindymom
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To: butlerweave

scandal free legacy! Cleanest administration ever. Its bleach white.


5 posted on 06/28/2018 2:55:21 PM PDT by Bayard
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To: Linda Frances

No. Only Russian collusion in the U.S. to affect election results. /s

Odumbo needs to be arrested and hanged!!


6 posted on 06/28/2018 2:55:59 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If you remember the 60's, YOU WEREN'T THERE!)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

Where did Chelsea Clinton have her wedding?

Oh.....yeah.....

At a Soros estate.


7 posted on 06/28/2018 2:57:09 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Linda Frances

HELL NO!


8 posted on 06/28/2018 2:58:35 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: SgtHooper

“...Odumbo needs to be arrested and hanged!!...”

I suspect you’d get full agreement from millions of Americans, including this one.
This is what we get when an unqualified, illegal, ineligible foreign POS is foisted into the highest office of our land by a complacent Congress refusing to follow the Constitution.


9 posted on 06/28/2018 2:59:03 PM PDT by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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10 posted on 06/28/2018 3:03:58 PM PDT by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkeys)
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To: Linda Frances

“...Is this illegal?...”

If there’s anything illegal, we need to have the person responsible prosecuted, and then sue for the return of all the money plus interest.


11 posted on 06/28/2018 3:05:34 PM PDT by budj (combat vet, 2nd of 3 generations)
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To: lgjhn23
Congress needs to be held accountable as well as the judiciary branch for the deep state takeover of Hussein!

I've said it before, it's gonna take a mil type takeover with tribunals and judgments against the entire govt and all it's alphabets to actually drain the swamp.

12 posted on 06/28/2018 3:06:20 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing")
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

Collusion with a Nazi. It’s okay though because it was “historic”


13 posted on 06/28/2018 3:13:33 PM PDT by spudville
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

So if Zer0 helped fund Putin’s interference with the U.S. elections, would that be just as ignored?


14 posted on 06/28/2018 3:14:56 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Cultural Marxism is the new cult of the Left.)
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To: Slyfox

Love it


15 posted on 06/28/2018 3:15:11 PM PDT by spudville
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To: Linda Frances

These NGOs are all over the world and in every country....they are 95% socialist.

They are funded by governments and the UN. It is a massive shadow system.


16 posted on 06/28/2018 3:16:26 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Liberal bastions are full of misogyny, drugs, pedophilia and racism (Hollywood, Academia, DC))
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To: rawcatslyentist

If you beleive in Q, that’s coming soon to a theater near gitmo.


17 posted on 06/28/2018 3:19:43 PM PDT by Pollard (If you don't understand what I typed, you haven't read the classics.)
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To: Linda Frances

“...Is this illegal?...”

Sorry, can’t comment on current or potentially current or past classified investigations... maybe some day you might find out in a redacted report. Any intent here?.


18 posted on 06/28/2018 3:22:16 PM PDT by CJ Wolf (Free)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

Did he use his own money, or did he steal ours, as he did with Iran?
He needs to be in jail.


19 posted on 06/28/2018 3:47:20 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Liberalism is the denial of human nature.)
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To: Linda Frances
"Is this illegal?"

After careful review of all the penumbras and emanations I have concluded that it is covered by the "no reasonable prosecutor" exemption.

20 posted on 06/28/2018 4:08:08 PM PDT by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything, it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
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