Hungarian left received almost double what it admitted for its campaign from US

The Hungarian left may have received double the amount known so far from the US through Action for Democracy during this year's election campaign, which was essentially conducted by the DatAdat group of companies. The CIA also appears behind the opposition's network.

POLITICS NOVEMBER 24. 2022 12:36

On Wednesday, the Hungarian parliament’s National Security Committe published the declassified main findings of the secret service report examining the foreign funding received by the Hungarian left, the Hungarian Origo portal writes.

The document reveals that on top of the 1.8 billion forints (4.5 million dollars) admitted by (Peter Marki-Zay, the united left wing’s prime ministerial candidate, another 1.2 billion forints ( 3 million dollars) may have been arrived from the US through the Action for Democracy organisation, led by David Koranyi.

According to the report, in addition to the 1.8 billion forints transferred to Mr Marki-Zay’s Everyone’s Hungary Movement (MMM), Oraculum 2020 Kft – the publisher of the Ezalenyeg.hu, a portal closely linked to the failed former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsany’s DK party – received more than one billion forints (2.5 million dollars). Former Hungarian PM Gordon Bajnai’s DatAdat company group received almost 150 million forints (25 thousand dollars), and Gemius Hungary Kft. approximately 3 million forints (7.5 thousand dollars) from the US organisation run by Mr Koranyi, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony’s chief advisor. Fully, 3.015 billion forints’ worth of foreign funding was transferred to support the Hungarian left’s campaign.

Based on the allegations of the left’s failed prime ministerial candidate, Peter Marki-Zay, it has only been known that MMM had transferred money to DatAdat. Now, however, it has become clear that virtually the whole Hungarian left has placed numerous orders with the data management company group of ex-PM Bajnai Gordon and his acquaintances.

The businesses run by the ex-PM and his associates received significant sums from Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony’s 99 Movement, from the Kapcsolat.hu Kft that has links to the green and socialist (Dialogue, LMP and MSZP) parties, from political scientist Balazs Bocskei’s Idea Institute and from a local association (Eljen Szombathely Egyesulet) with ties to leftist lawyer Csaba Czegledy and his circle.

The services have examined the contact network of the Action For Democracy and revealed that the organisation could be linked to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which is “essentially the CIA’s official representation abroad”.

This was confirmed by Allen Weinstein, co-founder of the organisation, back in 1991, when he said that “a lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA”.

The analysis pointed out that the NED played a role in the Belarusian opposition prime ministerial candidate’s 2006 campaign, supported opposition parties during the Arab Spring in 2011, provided larger sums for Uyghur groups in China and financed NGOs in Hong Kong.

The Action for Democracy – through its American vice president Chris Maroshegyi – also has close ties with the Albright Stonebridge Group, an organisation with many of its senior staff becoming members of US President Joe Biden’s administration in 2021.

As is known, Mate Kocsis, delegated into Hungary’s national security committee as the ruling Fidesz party’s lawmaker, initiated the declassification of the material last week, arguing that “these actions and transactions seriously violate the country’s sovereignty, and the general public in Hungary has the right to learn about them”.

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