In 2012 John McCain founded the McCain Institute for International Leadership, starting it off with nearly 9 million dollars leftover from his 2008 run for president. That’s not unusual. What is unusual is the donors who want to see the McCain type of leadership to grow and prosper. They include George Soros, Taneo , Saudi Arabia, a Moroccan company associated with human rights violations, and the Pivotal Foundation, a group that advocates for Iran.
George Soros is the Anti-Christ. Taneo was founded by Doug band, former top aide to Bill Clinton who works closely with the Clinton Foundation and who hired Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills while both were still at the State Department. And the representatives of three countries who want to influence members of Congress t5o come to their aid.
The Pivotal Foundation has in the last three years given $205,000 to the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), which has been a vocal advocate for the Iranian nuclear deal the Obama administration negotiated.
The NIAC web site claims the group “is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people.”
But NIAC President Trita Parsi has long been an advocate for Iran, including demanding in May 2017 that President Donald Trump and officials in his administration “cease questioning the integrity of a (nuclear) deal.”
The NIAC is “Iran’s lobbyists in Washington,” charged Aresh Salih, the Washington representative of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan. “People inside of Iran know them as their lobbyists in Washington, D.C.,” Salih told TheDCNF.
The NIAC does not file as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, nor does it register as a lobbyist with Congress.
Yet in May 2013, Parsi spoke to a packed Capitol Hill meeting sponsored by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison to argue in favor of the nuclear deal. Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress and is also deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
“This is a very real conflict of interest,” Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, told TheDCNF. “This is the similar type of pattern we received with the Clinton Foundation in which foreign governments and foreign interests were throwing a lot of money in the hopes of trying to buy influence.”