Skip to comments.Obama Administration Helped Fund George Soros’ Left-Wing Political Activities in Albania
Posted on 06/28/2018 2:49:35 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
Obama USAID Used U.S. Taxpayers Funds to Back Soros Groups Effort to Give Albanias 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 countrys 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 agencys Civil Society Project to back Soross 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 Soross 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 Soross 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 lefts control of the Albanian government. The report notes that the U.S. Embassys 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 Albanias 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 shouldnt 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.
Is this illegal?
If it was Legal Obama would go nowhere near it ,LOL
May they all burn in hell and soon
scandal free legacy! Cleanest administration ever. Its bleach white.
No. Only Russian collusion in the U.S. to affect election results. /s
Odumbo needs to be arrested and hanged!!
Where did Chelsea Clinton have her wedding?
At a Soros estate.
“...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.
“...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.
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.
Collusion with a Nazi. Its okay though because it was historic
So if Zer0 helped fund Putin’s interference with the U.S. elections, would that be just as ignored?
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.
If you beleive in Q, that’s coming soon to a theater near gitmo.
...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?.
Did he use his own money, or did he steal ours, as he did with Iran?
He needs to be in jail.
After careful review of all the penumbras and emanations I have concluded that it is covered by the "no reasonable prosecutor" exemption.
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