Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Taxpayer Dollars to Soros Foundation

Cybercast News Service reports that "the Open Society Institute, a private foundation controlled by liberal billionaire and political activist George Soros, received more than $30 million from U.S. government agencies between 1998 and 2003." Link.
Various State Department documents indicate that OSI has been paid to run what the department describes as "democratization programs" in a number of countries.

"The Open Society Institute receives funding from the United States," a State Department press statement declared, "and has spent close to $22 million in Uzbekistan in order to help build a vibrant civil society."

Another report explained that "The United States also supports organizations, such as ... the Open Society Institute ... working inside and outside the (Burmese) region on a broad range of democracy promotion activities."

A State Department Fact Sheet also described "an HIV/AIDS prevention program carried out jointly with the Open Society Institute and Soros-Kazakhstan Foundation that targets high-risk populations" in Central Asia. The website of the U.S. Agency for International Development also lists numerous projects conducted in cooperation with OSI.

I guess this should not be surprising in budgets that spend millions to study the mating habits of obscure insects, but it still is just plain wrong. You can argue for government money to public charities, but a private foundation funded and controlled by one multi-billionaire is no place to send taxpayer dollars, no matter what good works it does. This is especially true when that multi-billionaire is very politically active. Money is fungible. The dollars given by government agencies to OSI, freed up dollars that Soros did not have to contribute, which he was than free to give to MoveOn.org and Americans Coming Together in his fanatical desire to defeat President Bush.


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