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%).
Read the report: http://www.sigir.mil/reports/pdf/audits/10-012.pdf