Soros-backed nonprofit group may have illegally used federal grants: GOP

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EXCLUSIVE – A ancient Asset An administration official and two congressional Republicans demand that President Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services conduct an ‘audit’ of its grants to a George Soros– non-profit group funded to ensure the money was not used illegally.

Alianza Americas, a immigration advocacy group, received $8.5 million in tax dollars from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Health Resources and Services Administration — both agencies under HHS.

However, Alianza may have illegally used federal funds for “lobbying”, accused former HHS chief of staff Brian Harrison and Texas GOP representatives Chip Roy and Beth Van Duyne in Friday letters to the inspector general of the agency that were obtained by the Washington Examiner.

Alianza in particular deposit a lawsuit in September against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) for flying illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The 501(c)(3) charity earned an estimated $1.4 million from Soros’ Open Society Foundations network between 2016 and 2020, according to OSF’s grants database, and has in the past called to “defund” US Customs and Border Protection and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Enforcement.

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In February 2021, Alianza was reward a $7.5 million grant from the CDC “to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate impacts among Latino and Latino immigrants.” The July 2021 HRSA to agree to Alianza totals $1 million and was awarded for “raising the status of the COVID-19 vaccine” in certain communities.

The HHS Inspector General is expected to investigate whether Alianza used federal grant money for certain lobbying activities described in the charity’s 2019 fiscal year federal form. 990 documents, wrote Harrison, now a Republican representative in the Texas State House, and members of Congress.

Federal right prohibits federal grant money from being used “directly or indirectly” to “pay for any personal service, advertisement, telegram, telephone, letter, print or writing, or any other device” or to influence the government to take a position on law or policy.

Alianza held “two congressional briefings” in Washington, D.C., on immigration-related issues and made more than 200 “congressional visits” between June 2017 and September 2019, the nonprofit group revealed. profit in its 2019 tax filings. Alianza also revealed it had “activated a nationwide community organizing strategy” after the Trump administration “cancelled” Temporary Protected Status – allowing immigrants to stay in United States if their home country is facing armed conflict or other extraordinary conditions.

Alianza has partnered with other groups “to engage ‘TPS holders’ so they can tell their own stories to congressional policymakers and advocate for permanent solutions, and for immediate action to protect TPS holders.” GST,” according to his 2019 tax documents.

“I have continued to monitor the Department’s actions and am deeply concerned that taxpayer dollars, under the guise of federal grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is used to fund lobbying activities and contacts in the United States and foreign jurisdictions and to promote illegal immigration to the United States,” Harrison wrote in his letter.

“As members of Congress, we take seriously our role in ensuring that taxpayers’ money is used wisely and within the bounds of the law, and we’re sure you share that goal,” wrote Roy and Van Duyne in their letter. “As such, we are requesting a review of all grants received by Alianza Americas as well as actions made public by Alianza Americas that are in violation of federal law and regulations.”

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The CDC grant to Alianza will finish disbursing in September 2025, while the HRSA grant to Alianza will finish disbursing in July 2022. It is unclear if Alianza engaged in the same political activities in 2022 that it did. disclosed in his 2019 tax return.

However, the non-profit group tweeted on September 12, he “met with representatives” from Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) office “to share the urgency of funding” from both ICE and CBP. The meeting was part of the group’s ‘Freedom for All’ campaign spear in February.

Caitlin Sutherland, executive director of conservative ethics watchdog Americans for Public Trust, said a “full audit” of grants to Alianza was “warranted”.

“The American people should feel confident that their tax dollars are not advancing a political agenda, and it is deeply troubling that a Soros-backed group received these grants,” she told the Washington Examiner.

The Washington Examiner also found that Alianza claimed on its 2019 tax forms that it did not engage in any lobbying. It’s a fact that another conservative ethics watchdog says could justify his group filing a complaint with the IRS.

“It appears that Alianza incorrectly stated on its IRS Form 990 that it does not engage in any lobbying when it appears to do so by asking its supporters to contact Congress to introduce or influence legislation regarding the status of illegal immigrants,” said Paul Kamenar, lawyer. at the National Legal and Policy Center, told the Washington Examiner. “They are also required to file a separate form with the IRS detailing the amount they spend on these lobbying activities.”

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HHS and Alianza did not respond to requests for comment.

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