“The Bush administration is asking Congress for $75 million…to promote democracy in Iran….The plan…includes fostering independent media inside Iran.
“The final $15 million would go toward nongovernmental organizations and civic education on the lines of what the federally chartered National Endowment for Democracy carries out in a wide variety of countries.”
This Endowment also provides campaign funding to political parties in elections in a number of countries.
Why is the Iranian government getting so upset about this? It’s a two-way street. We would welcome Iranian government financing of independent media and civic organizations to influence politics in the US. We would welcome all foreign government financing in our elections
The WP article http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/13/AR2006031301761_2.html?referrer=email&referrer=email