In a statement sent to MTI on Monday, Action for Democracy said it considered it important to respond to some of the “conspiracy theories, lies and accusations” that have been raised about their financial support for the opposition All Hungary Movement (MMM). Their organization’s strategy and activities are “guided solely by a commitment to democratic ideals and principles”, they said.
They work independently of national governments and international organizations, they stressed, “like many other foundations and organizations operating at the global level”.
At the same time, they stated their firm rejection of “any accusations of foreign interference in (the Hungarian) elections”.
“Our support is dedicated to democratic values, participation in elections and the fairness of elections. In our target countries, we support organizations that are at the forefront of the fight for democracy, regardless of party or election,” reads their statement.
The organization also pointed out that the members of its advisory board provide strategic and non-operational advice in their personal capacity. “They are not part of Action for Democracy’s day-to-day decision-making and support process, and do not have detailed knowledge of our support activities in our target countries,” they said. This part of the statement is likely meant to be an attempt to shield prominent figures, such as Francis Fukuyama or General Wesley K. Clark, both members of its advisory council, from the growing criticism.
The Centre for Fundamental Rights, a Hungarian conservative think tank, wrote in a Facebook post in early September that Action for Democracy was founded just before the Hungarian elections and its stated aim was to influence the Hungarian elections. According to the legal think tank’s post, former opposition prime ministerial candidate Péter Márki-Zay, whose movement was the main beneficiary or the huge financial donation from the American group, admitted that “international globalist forces” wanted to interfere in the Hungarian elections.
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