Documents have come to light that show collusion between the U.S. government and a foundation started by George Soros, to interfere in the political system of Macedonia. The reports have lead to inquiries by republican senators and congressmen.
In a January letter to U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily, Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee wrote: “I have received credible reports that, over the past few years, the US Mission to Macedonia has actively intervened in the party politics of Macedonia, as well as in the shaping of its media environment and civil society, often favoring groups of one political persuasion over another.”
In a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the republicans referenced direct grants given by USAID to George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
As reported by the Daily Caller:
USAID, which is responsible for doling out civilian foreign aid, has officially partnered with the Open Society Foundations. Since 2012, the government agency has given $1.5 million in grants to organizations chosen by the Foundation Open Society – Macedonia (FOSM) and $4.8 million to launch a “Civil Society Project” implemented by FOSM.
Just last August, USAID announced a nearly $9.5 million program that would last until 2021 and would be administered in partnership with FOSM, Metamorphosis, the Association for Democratic Initiatives (ADI), and the National Youth Council of Macedonia. Metamorphosis was launched in 1999 by the Open Society Foundations and has since become independent.
These millions of dollars are being spent in a small southern European nation with a little over 2 million citizens and a GDP per capita 11 times smaller than the U.S.
The money went towards specific media outlets with a particular political stance in Macedonia. This usage meets the U.S. definition of influencing an election, a curious charge when contrasted with accusations against the Trump administration for allegedly colluding with Russia to win the 2016 election.