Barack Hussein Obama has found himself in hot water this week after it was revealed that his State Department paid hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to an Israeli group that then used the money to build a campaign aiming to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s parliament elections in the country.
According to The Washington Times, a congressional investigation concluded on Tuesday that $350,000 was sent to OneVoice, a donation that Obama claimed was meant to support the group’s efforts to back Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations. However, the group then used the American taxpayers’ money to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm that had ties to Obama’s own presidential campaign.
The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations found that this all formed the groundwork for an anti-Netanyahu campaign that ultimately failed. One of the most stunning things the committee found was that OneVoice even told the State Department’s top diplomat in Jerusalem, Consul General Michael Ratney, of their plan in an email. However, he claims that he never read it, telling the committee that he regularly deletes emails with large attachments.
Though the actions of the Obama administration were completely unethical, the committee ruled that they were not illegal because the State Department never put any conditions on the money. They also said that OneVoice didn’t turn explicitly political until days after the grant period ended.
“The State Department ignored warnings signs and funded a politically active group in a politically sensitive environment with inadequate safeguards,” said Sen. Rob Portman, chairman of the investigative subcommittee. “It is completely unacceptable that U.S. taxpayer dollars were used to build a political campaign infrastructure that was deployed — immediately after the grant ended — against the leader of our closest ally in the Middle East. American resources should be used to help our allies in the region, not undermine them.”
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