On the heels of AG Sessions’ decision to end Big Banks’ multi-billion dollar settlements with the Obama Justice Department that included multi-million dollar payouts to left-wing groups (reportedly La Raza, Urban League, and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition – organizations that were not parties to the litigation), we learn from Judicial Watch that the Obama’s Justice and Clinton’s State Departments funded Marxists groups in Albania.
While President Trump tries to build a wall and halt illegal immigration, newly obtained Judicial Watch records highlight the Obama Administration’s efforts to fund Marxists groups supported by George Soros.
The 32-pages of State Department records revealed taxpayer funds were sent to a group supported by billionaire George Soros, who in turn funneled the money to an Albanian organization pushing for socialism. Included in the documents are State Department grant applications that divvied up funding to highly political organizations.
According to Judicial Watch, “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.”
USAID spent money on the Civil Society Project that eventually made its way to the Open Society Foundations in Albania. One USAID program reportedly gave $9 million in 2016 to the “Justice for All” campaign, a project managed by Mr. Soros’s East West Management Institute.
A February 10, 2017, report on Soros’s “Engagement with the Open Society Foundation for Albania” said, “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.”
With the ongoing Russian investigation into election meddling, it appears the US government, under Obama, worked to undermine the judicial process in Albania. “The US 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 US would recognize the election results even if opposition parties refused to participate,” Judicial Watch reported. “Lu has been described in the US press as ‘a driving force behind Albania’s judicial reforms.'”
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said; “The Obama administration quietly spent at least $9 million in US 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. 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.”
While the America government continues to pick winners and losers via the millions/billions from large bank settlements, it’s easy to understand the Left’s affinity to capitalist supported Marxism. Furthermore, it seems paradoxical that the US taxpayers spend millions to investigate alleged Russian’s influence in the 2016 election cycle, while taxpayer money is used to support Marxism in general. Only in Washington!