[ASI] Stimulus Dollars for a Video Game

April 18th, 2012 at 1:13 pm EST

Dear Friend of America's Survival, Inc.:

Our new report, Obama Stimulus Dollars Funded Soros Empire, only scratches the surface of what groups were involved in soliciting or advocating for Recovery Act funds. We repeatedly call on the Congress to get to the bottom of this.

Our report cites four specific examples -- La Raza, the Blue Green Alliance, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the Workforce Development Institute, as receiving those Recovery Act funds. We note La Raza is itself Soros-funded. Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) received $645,000 from George Soros to "design and launch workforce development programs."  As we point out, Soros's grant was mere seed money, while the $19.4 million received from the Recovery Act underwrote its "sustainability programs" and "Green Jobs" initiatives.

Our research also shows that Gamaliel received $125,000 from Soros to coordinate the Transportation Equity Network (TEN), which itself advocated for stimulus money for transportation purposes.  But TEN, a coalition, itself didn't stimulus money. It exists to help their members get funds. The Soros records show $125,000 from the Foundation to Promote Open Society in 2010 "To support the Transportation Equity Network's work to insure that transportation policy promotes social equity and sustainable environmental protection."

What is happening here is that the federal money is being distributed like a virtual block grant that benefits all kinds of progressive groups, who operate behind various names or as members of coalitions. 

It can get confusing. Some of these groups are themselves not necessarily directly Soros-funded but are members of coalitions that include other Soros-funded groups. In other words, it an ACORN-like web of organizations. It requires a lot more research — far beyond our limited abilities at this time. That is why Congress must investigate what is going on.

This is far bigger than the GSA scandal.

The Blue Green Alliance, for example, is a coalition of unions and environmental groups. It cannot be determined from our available databases which of their coalition members got which funds under the Recovery Act. Another example is the New York Stimulus Alliance, set up to lobby for stimulus money for other groups. The New York Stimulus Alliance describes itself as "a coalition of community organizing groups and researchers who have teamed up to fight for an economic recovery that lifts up all New Yorkers, especially in communities of color and distressed areas. We promote and call for fairness, community participation and transparency under the Recovery Act stimulus package and beyond." What does this mean? It means that the Congress has to probe where the money went and who got it.

Here are some other specific examples:

  • The Harlem Children's Zone got $1,866,174 in recovery funds for Head Start and $17 million from Soros Foundations.
  • The group Equal Justice Works got  $1,191,316 in Recovery funds for AmeriCorps volunteers to provide legal services to low-income homeowners. It also got $17.2 million from Soros Foundations.

Here's what author Tina Trent calls one of the more ridiculous examples:

  • The Federation of American Scientists got  $90,000 from Soros in 2010 to "support the project on government secrecy" and $200,000 from the Recovery Act to design an environmental video game. Here's how they describe it:

"These funds will be used for creation of assets, environmental art, and design of the interactive parts of a video game about molecular biology. It may sound too fantastic to be useful, but we have found with a precursor project that students like playing a game about proteins and that players remember which proteins they played with and what role the proteins played in cell to cell communication."

Read the grant description yourself at this link.

This is where some of the "stimulus" money went. More investigations are warranted.

Send me your thoughts at Kincaid@comcast.net

For America's Survival,

Cliff Kincaid, President

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