(Helle Dale, The Daily Signal) The influence of George Soros and his Open Society Foundations on U.S. foreign policy is the subject of an alert issued by members of the Senate.
Six senators recently sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, asking him to investigate the numerous grants given over many years by the State Department and its subsidiary, the U.S. Agency for International Development, to groups funded by the left-wing billionaire.
The Soros Open Society Foundations stands accused of fomenting trouble for the governments of some U.S. allies and even interfering in their electoral process.
The specific concern raised by Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.; Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; Ted Cruz, R-Texas; David Perdue, R-Ga.; and Bill Cassidy, R-La.; is the influence exerted by Soros on the political process of Macedonia, a problem that has been flagged by Macedonia’s conservative government and investigative media alike.
A similar letter was sent by a group of House Republicans in February.
According to the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch, in the period between 2012 and 2015, left-wing groups directed by Soros were awarded $5 million for activities in Macedonia by USAID. A further $9.5 million has been earmarked for projects by Soros groups in Macedonia for the period 2016-2021.
These are pretty large amounts to devote to a country of just 2 million people.
Judicial Watch is trying to flesh out the extent of Soros’ influence, but getting to the bottom of the matter has proven more and more challenging….