Bloomberg News is reporting that National Security Council official Richard Goldberg, who was “central” to the Trump administration’s “hawkish Iran policies,” was receiving a salary from a Sheldon Adelson-funded pro-Israel think tank throughout his time at the White House.
Richard Goldberg, the U.S. National Security Council official who clashed with other members of the administration over his push for a more hawkish stance toward Iran, is leaving the job after one year for personal reasons, a person familiar with the matter said.
[…] Former National Security Adviser John Bolton created Goldberg’s job — director for countering Iran’s weapons of mass destruction — explicitly for him. The goal was to counter what Bolton saw as a desire at the departments of State and Treasury to weaken the “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran.
Tension over that issue flared in March as the administration mulled whether to extend waivers allowing Iran to sell a limited amount of oil. The waivers were eventually ended in May.
That fight was only one of the administration’s internecine battles related to Iran and underscored the influence wielded by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the think tank where Goldberg previously worked, in pushing for a tougher line against Iran.
Goldberg will return to FDD, which continued to pay his salary during his time on the National Security Council.
Here’s a video of Goldberg (with a total 91 views despite being up since Feb 2019) shilling for regime change in Iran:
In 2011, ThinkProgress, a progressive advocacy organization, published FDD’s Form 990 documents that revealed where FDD funding came from, from 2001 to 2004. Donors included:
Roland Arnall: $1,802,000 Edgar M. and Charles Bronfman: $1,050,000 Michael Steinhardt: $850,000 Abramson Family Foundation (of Leonard Abramson): $822,523 Bernard Marcus: $600,000 Lewis Ranieri: $350,000 Paul Singer and Sheldon Adelson are also major donors.
ThinkProgress concluded, “Most of the major donors are active philanthropists to ‘pro-Israel’ causes both in the U.S. and internationally. With the disclosure of its donor rolls, it becomes increasingly apparent that FDD’s advocacy of U.S. military intervention in the Middle East, its hawkish stance against Iran, and its defense of right-wing Israeli policy is consistent with its donors’ interests in ‘pro-Israel’ advocacy”.
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