State Dept. stonewalls FOIA request on USAID funds to Soros orgs. in Macedonia

State Dept. stonewalls FOIA request on USAID funds to Soros orgs. in Macedonia
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[Ed. – It’s a legitimate concern.  There can’t possibly be any valid reason for not disclosing the purpose of giving nearly $5 million in taxpayer money to Soros-backed activities abroad.]

Judicial Watch recently filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for records of communications relating to the funding and political activities of the Open Society Foundation – Macedonia. Judicial Watch wants to learn why the Macedonia organization, part of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, received nearly $5 million from USAID from 2012 to 2016. The suit 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).

Both the State Department and USAID failed to respond to a February 16, 2017, FOIA request…

The USAID website reports that between February 27, 2012, and August 31, 2016, it gave $4,819,125 in taxpayer money to Soros’s Open Society Foundation – Macedonia (FOSM), in partnership with four local “civil society” organizations. …

The activities of Ambassador Bailey and USAID’s funding of the Open Society Foundation have recently come under congressional scrutiny. On Jan. 17, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) sent a letter to Baily asking him to explain the State Department’s relationship with Open Society Foundation. On Feb. 24, Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and others called on the Government Accountability Office to conduct an investigation and audit of the State Department and USAID’s activities in Macedonia…

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