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A nonprofit backed by generous donors was set up to combat “disinformation,” but new tax documents show the group paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2020 to researchers who created the discredited steel dossier. Make.

The Democracy Integrity Project paid $521,000 to Christopher Steele and $405,000 to Fusion GPS last year, According to Recently publicized tax forms.

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,[Democracy Integrity Project] Democrats around the world by engaging and managing a network of experienced organizations and individuals working to uncover details, through research and data analysis of efforts by foreign actors, including foreign governments, to intervene in democratic elections Wants to protect the integrity of elections. and to educate the general public about such activities,” the organization states on its 990 tax form.

The tax form further states that the nonprofit “reports original, reliable and fact-based information” and that their mission is “to educate the public on matters such as foreign election interference, global extremism, corruption and coordinated propaganda.”

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The Democracy Integrity Project paid generously for “research consultancy” from Walsingham Partners Ltd. and Bean LLC. Steele is a director of Walsingham Partners Limited, and Bean LLC is a subsidiary fund operated by Fusion GPS.

the new York Times informed of In 2018 generous billionaire George Soros gave at least $1 million to the Democracy Integrity Project, and he was considering donating more.

Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC attorney Mark Elias hired Fusion GPS to compile the steel dossier.  (David Jolkowski for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Steele worked with Fusion GPS, a research firm hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC attorney Mark Elias, to compile the Steele dossier, a document that became the subject of an intense media frenzy when She falsely claimed relations between the former president. Trump and the Russian government. It also claimed that the Kremlin had blackmail material, including tapes of prostitutes urinating on Trump at a Moscow hotel.

Special Counsel John Durham indicted Russian national Igor Danchenko, who is believed to have subpoenaed the steel used in the dossier earlier this month. The authenticity of the information in the dossier was quickly questioned, although the situation quickly escalated into a media circus, with many mainstream news outlets pushing the propaganda as legitimate.

Russian analyst Igor Danchenko before appearing in Alexandria, Virginia on November 10, 2021 in Albert V.  Brian arrived at the US Courthouse.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post was forced to silently edit and add notes to more than a dozen articles that incorrectly identified one of the dossier’s key sources, saying they were not “Can’t stand the accuracy” of those elements in reporting.

CNN, which has repeatedly hyped the Steele dossier, published a piece earlier this month saying that “the credibility of the dossier has been significantly reduced.”

“A series of investigations and lawsuits have debunked many of its central allegations and exposed the unreliability of Steele’s sources,” wrote CNN reporter Marshall Cohen. “They raise serious questions about the political basis of some major explosive claims about Trump by shedding new light on the involvement of some well-connected Democrats in the dossier, and calling on the FBI to investigate links between Trump’s campaign and Russia.” Different try to differentiate.”

Granthshala News’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.