Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Report: U.S. State Department Gave Taxpayer Money To NGO In Anti-Netanyahu Election Campaign

Activists from the V15 organization on February 17, 2015 (Photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Jerusalem Post: NGO used US tax dollars in anti-Netanyahu election campaign, Senate finds

The OneVoice campaign was funded in part by their State Department grant, the report found.

Washington - The U.S. Senate subcommittee on investigations published a report on Tuesday finding that OneVoice, an international non-profit organization once funded by the State Department, actively campaigned against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during Israel's 2015 national parliamentary elections.

The "infrastructure and resources" of that campaign was built, in part, by funding from their State Department grant, the report found.

OneVoice entered headlines in 2015 after absorbing Victory15, an Israeli group that was actively campaigning against the Netanyahu government. One year earlier, OneVoice had successfully secured $300,000 in a grant from the State Department.

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WNU Editor: This is why American NGOs are banned in some countries .... Russia Set to Ban Another U.S. NGO as 'Undesirable' (Moscow Times)

More News On A U.S. Senate Report That The U.S. State Department Gave Taxpayer Money To An NGO Involved In An Anti-Netanyahu Election Campaign

State Department sent taxpayer funds to group trying to oust Netanyahu -- FOX News/Washington Free Beacon
Senate report: State Dept. grant also aided campaign to unseat Netanyahu -- Politico
Obama admin. sent taxpayer money to campaign to oust Netanyahu -- Washington Times
US State Dept. grants were used to influence Israeli elections: Senate report -- i24 News
US funds aided 2015 campaign to oust Netanyahu, Senate probe finds -- Times of Israel
US grants went to group trying to oust Netanyahu, Senate finds -- New York Post

Update: This is getting messy .... Senate Investigation Says Top US Diplomat Deleted Emails (AP). More here .... State Department Purged Emails About Secret Anti-Netanyahu Campaign (Washington Free Beacon).

1 comment:

B.Poster said...

It'd probably be a good idea for a country to thoroughly vet all NGOs. All countries do this sort of thing to an extent. I'm sure for every dollar the US spends trying to influence foreign governments and foreign elections at 1,000 dollars is spent by foreign governments trying to influence American policy and American elections and for every person American NGOs devote to trying to infuence a given foreign government hundreds if not thousands of foreign agents and organizations are devoted to trying to influence American policies and elections.

Essentially foreign governments are better at this sort of thing than Americans are. Furthermore US NGOs face a level of adverse media coverage both in the US and abroad not experienced by their foreign counterparts.