Last updated: April 23, 2018

State Department Has Spent None Of The $120 Million Allocated To Fight Russian Interference

State Department Has Spent None Of The $  120 Million Allocated To Fight Russian InterferenceThe State Department has spent $ 0 of $ 120 million allocated by Congress to combat foreign efforts to influence U.S. elections, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Despite the massive budget, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has done little to thwart a sweeping influence campaign by the Russian government, and an office tasked with countering such efforts has no employees that even speak Russian due to an ongoing hiring freeze. The report comes as American intelligence officials and lawmakers warn that the Kremlin is, once again, working to influence upcoming elections, using a coordinated campaign of social media trolls and disinformation in an attempt to sway voters.

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