The Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR),  issued a new report today looking at the use of grant funds given to the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute. The majority of the $250 million over five years in grants was supposed to help in building democracy, but instead it was largely spent on  security and overhead costs.

Only 41 percent of the $114 million  in the 7 DRL grants reviewed by SIGIR (there were 12 total) actually went to the programs. IRI’s money went heavily to security (57.2%) with about 7% on overhead;  while NDI spent about one-third on security (32.7%) but more on indirect overhead costs (17%).

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