State Dept. used taxpayer funds to campaign against Netanyahu in 2015 election

State Dept. used taxpayer funds to campaign against Netanyahu in 2015 election
Obama's national campaign field director heads to Israel to avoid influencing the March 2015 election.

[Ed. – …and purged emails relating to that illegal effort.  We had the original story here at LU last year — see here and here — but the purged emails lend it that Obama administration flair.]

A State Department official deleted emails that included information about a secret campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the country’s last election, according to a Senate investigatory committee that determined the Obama administration transferred tax funds to anti-Netanyahu groups.

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations disclosed in a massive report on Tuesday that the Obama administration provided U.S. taxpayer dollars to the OneVoice Movement, a liberal group that waged a clandestine campaign to smear and oust Netanyahu from office.

OneVoice, which was awarded $465,000 in U.S. grants through 2014, has been under congressional investigation since 2015, when it was first accused of funneling money to partisan political groups looking to unseat Netanyahu. This type of behavior by non-profit groups is prohibited under U.S. tax law.

The investigation determined that OneVoice redirected State Department funds to anti-Netanyahu efforts and that U.S. officials subsequently erased emails containing information about the administration’s relationship with the non-profit group.

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