$124,400 to “sponsor the first-ever Palestinian social media conference.”
Internews was founded by a self-described Marxist anti-war protester. It has received $1.7 million from Soros, which pales in comparison to the fat government checks it has received. In 2011 alone, it sucked up $52,350,784 in government grants, according to its 990 tax forms. This made up 92.4 percent of the $56,644,153 in total reported revenue for that year.
And 2011 wasn’t unusual. According to the Soros-funded Center for Public Integrity, “all but $1.6 million of the $26.7 million in revenue it [Internews] reported in 2004 came from the federal government.”
Yet Internews runs a massive international journalism organization with a surprisingly small media footprint. Already a presence in more than 90 countries, including hotspot regions like Egypt, Libya and the “Palestinian Territories,” Internews has branched out into the latest conflict area to dominate the world stage: Syria.
Hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars have gone to this little-known, liberal journalism nonprofit since 2002, but the government agencies responsible for funding Internews didn’t seem to know much about it at all. And they certainly don’t like answering questions about it.
Maybe they realize what they are paying for. Far from being politically neutral, Internews pushes a liberal agenda and has helped to found at least three other liberal organizations.
To put its $364,325,778 in federal funding in perspective, Internews has gotten an average of $83,122.46 from taxpayers per day during the past 12 years. That’s $83,000 every single day for 12 years.
So what are we getting for all that money?
The organization operates in more than 70 countries, with global partners including Al Quds University (a Palestinian University), Central European University (which has received at least $250 million from Soros since 2000) and the University of California Berkeley (one of the most liberal colleges in the United States).
More than $6.3 million in federal grants to Internews were designated for Palestinian organizations, including $124,400 to “sponsor the first-ever Palestinian social media conference.”
The first-ever Palestinian social media conference. Just what the world needed.
Like many other journalism groups, Internews also has close ties to George Soros. Internews has received $776,311 in Soros funds since 2000, and $1 million in seed money in the early ‘90s. The organization also has several former Soros employees on staff, including President and CEO Jeanne Bourgault, who used to be a consultant for the Open Society Institute, and Josh Machleder, Internews VP for Europe and Eurasia Programs and for the Global Human Rights project, who also used to work for the Open Society Institute.
The US government is really becoming an outlet of Soros Inc.