The Daily Caller: Ambassador Baily called to explain himself on Capitol Hill

Categories Macedonia, Soros, US

The Daily Caller writes how the Obama Administration involved itself in Macedonian elections, trying to tip the scales in favor of the left SDSM party by funding its affiliated, George Soros funded network of NGO’s. TDC reports that Obama appointed US Ambassador Jess Baily, who has been called out by members of the House and the Senate for his cavalier attitude toward taxpayers’ money and for making the George Soros led Foundation Open Society Macedonia the chief project implementing partner, was summoned to Washington to explain himself.
“Letters have been sent by lawmakers to the Government Accountability Office, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and the U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily. In a January letter to 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.” This past Monday, Baily — a career diplomat — visited Washington and met with Sen. Lee and his staff, a spokeswoman told The Daily Caller. Lee’s office did not elaborate on what occurred during the meeting.
The calls for investigation are quickly being mirrored in other countries from the region, which saw heavy-handed US diplomats try to support left against right wing parties, at a time when the Democratic Party is busy complaining about Russian interference in the US electoral process.
“While many of the claims of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election rely on alleged hacking operations, the American campaign in Macedonia is out there in the open. 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 Daily Caller writes in the article which can be read in full here.

Journalist - Contributor to Macedonian Information Agency - English language news department, Nova Makedonija daily newspaper, BBC World Service.

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