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Bokhari: Anna Makanju of Facebook and Atlantic Council Is Tied to Ukraine, Biden, Burisma

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden boards his campaign plane at Miami International Airport in Miami, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, to travel home to Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Last week, Breitbart News reported on Anna Makanju, Facebook’s global policy manager for content regulation, who advised Joe Biden on Ukraine policy during his time as vice president. But Makanju — and Facebook’s — connections to not only Ukraine, but the energy giant Burisma, go even deeper than that.
Testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed ignorance, telling Sen. John Thune (R-SD he wasn’t aware that Makanju, a senior employee in his content regulation apparatus was a former top Biden adviser.
As a policy manager for content regulation, Makanju was in a position to influence Facebook’s decision to censor the New York Post’s bombshell reporting about the Biden family’s ties to Ukraine and Burisma. The conflict of interest is clear: Makanju is herself intimately involved in the same web that connects Burisma, Ukraine, the Bidens, and Facebook.
One of Facebook’s most consequential partnerships is with the Atlantic Council, a highly influential foreign policy think tank that the tech giant partnered with in 2018 to “monitor for misinformation” and “protect free and fair elections across the world.” Makanju, in addition to her work for Facebook, is a senior fellow with the organization.
The Atlantic Council — which is tied to Burisma.
The think tank signed a cooperative agreement with the Ukrainian company in 2017, while Hunter Biden was still on the company’s board. The Atlantic Council and Burisma would go on to organize international energy conferences together, one of which featured Hunter Biden as a speaker.
As of 2019, Burisma had given more than $450,000 in donations to the Atlantic Council.
In 2016, before the donations started, the think tank harshly criticized Ukrainian oligarchs over corruption, including Burisma Holdings owner Mykola Zlochevsky. In the words of one Atlantic Council report, Zlochevsky hired “trophy foreigners” like Hunter Biden to help bolster his company’s reputation, while engaging in financial and political corruption.
Just a year later, the Atlantic Council partnered with the same company whose owner it had previously condemned as corrupt.
And a year after that, it partnered with Facebook to fight “misinformation” and defend “free and fair elections.” Its senior fellow, Makanju, works for Facebook in the same area — regulating content and controlling “misinformation.”
Makanju was so close of an adviser to Biden on Ukraine policy that she was on the former Vice President’s now-infamous phonecalls with President Poroshenko, and later argued that transcripts of the calls shouldn’t be released to the public.
So, to recap:
Facebook suppressed a bombshell New York Post story about the Biden family’s ties to Ukraine and Burisma, backed by photo evidence and testimony from Hunter Biden’s former business partner. The Biden campaign has yet to dispute any of the specific allegations in the Post’s stories.
Facebook acted with uncharacteristic swiftness to suppress the Post, failing to wait for the verdict of its third-party “fact checkers” before taking actionThe act drew rare condemnation from the Poynter Institute, a normally left-leaning journalism institute that “certifies” Big Tech’s third-party fact checkers.
The AP offered potential “misinformation” as justification for Facebook’s action, even though no credible source has claimed the Post’s story is untrue.
Facebook, meanwhile, works with the Atlantic Council to combat so-called “misinformation,” going so far as to make one of the think-tank’s senior fellows, Makanju, its global policy manager for content regulation.
The Atlantic Council, meanwhile, has financial ties to Burisma, the same company at the heart of the Biden-Ukraine corruption allegations.
Relying on Burisma for hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, the Atlantic Council now has a vested interest in the energy company’s success. This means it has a vested interest in suppressing the Post’s story, which further highlights the same allegations of corruption about Burisma that the Atlantic Council itself once wrote about.
And its fellow, Facebook’s Makanju also has a vested interest in suppressing the Post’s story — it involves her former boss, and it’s connected to phonecalls between Biden and Poroshenko that she herself was allowed to listen in on.
Given the facts, it seems impossible to see Facebook’s sprawling “content regulation” and “misinformation” apparatus as anything other than hopelessly compromised.
Facebook has not replied to a Breitbart News’ request for comment.
Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. His new book, #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election, which contains exclusive interviews with sources inside Google, Facebook, and other tech companies, is currently available for purchase.


Biden’s Trillions: Spending Plan
‘Absolutely Unsustainable’

A Manhattan Institute budget report found alarming details about former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s spending plans. In summation, “the policies he’s proposing are going to endanger the economy over the longer term.”
Specifically, Biden’s proposals would increase federal spending by an unsustainable $11 trillion over the next 10 years. The result could be a debt crisis, experts say. According to the Institute’s report, the tax revenue under Biden would be projected to increase by $3.6 trillion over ten years, which means he would have a deficit increase of $7.4 trillion by 2030.
Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the institute and author of the report told The Daily Caller News Foundation, “the policies he’s proposing are going to endanger the economy over the long term.” With “$4 trillion in new taxes, which is the biggest tax increase since the end of World War II, as well as $11 trillion in new spending, certainly more regulation, a higher minimum wage. All of that is going to weaken the economy.”
Biden’s largest single item spending proposal is the coronavirus $2.4 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act which Nancy Pelosi has already endorsed. Other costly plans include a $2 trillion climate and infrastructure initiative and $1.5 trillion health care expansion.


“It’s absolutely unsustainable,” Riedl told the DCNF. “The danger is that eventually, the interest costs will bury us. When you borrow that much money, all it takes is a small increase in interest rates to completely bury the federal budget.” Riedl also noted the Congressional Budget Office has projected that the U.S. will borrow $104 trillion over the next 30 years. That estimation uses a projection of interest rates, which could increase.


Letter to Supporters: Thank you for
your hard work as we ready for
Election Day


2020 has been a year of ups, downs, and curveballs, but one thing has remained constant: committed activists engaging to advocate for conservative policy solutions and defend our country against attacks against our American values and institutions.
Thank you for your hard work; what we have accomplished together is truly remarkable. The numbers are impressive, and the stories are too numerous to include them all.
Take a look back at this timeline of what we’ve accomplished together in 2020:

Project 2020 – Swing Voter Outreach

In January, we began planning an ambitious grassroots campaign called Project 2020, a months-long door knocking and voter registration campaign designed to engage with swing voters in the battleground states of Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. We talked with voters about the issues that matter most and registered anyone who wasn’t already on the voter rolls with the goal of driving enthusiasm and turnout going into the November election.
In March, amidst Coronavirus lockdowns and health protocols, canvassers picked up their phones and began calling swing voters in our targeted states. To date, we’ve called over 2 million households!
In July, we kicked off our door-knocking operation, with canvassers talking to voters about the economy, immigration, and coronavirus recovery. As the need to “Back the Blue” and support an originalist Supreme Court nominee presented themselves along the way, we adjusted our message, and began to get voters excited about supporting the rule of law and confirming Amy Coney Barrett.
We’ve knocked on 400,000+ doors this year! And in the final days before the election, our activists are following up with over 1 million GOTV texts to make sure these voters cast their ballots.
This work is hugely important for November 3rd, and so are the new recruits we have added to our grassroots network because of this outreach. Please welcome320,000 new grassroots activists who are joining Heritage Action because they too care about the direction of this country and recognize that America is worth fighting for.
Open America
The Heritage Foundation launched the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission to lead the country and policy makers out of pointless lockdowns and into targeted, temporary relief measures. In April, the Commission released a five-phase plan to safely reopen the country, and we at Heritage Action led a grassroots petition urging governors to “Open America.”
Activists spread the word, and after receiving100,000 signatures in only a couple of weeks, our Grassroots Director Janae Stracke delivered the petition to Governor Larry Hogan, the head of the National Governors Association. Watch the video here!
Throughout the pandemic and everything else that happened this year, we never took our eyes off the ball and stood against bad legislation. We successfully opposed state bailouts, fought against perverse federal unemployment payments that incentivized individuals to remain unemployed, and have staved off wasteful spending.
In the lead up to Independence Day, we encouraged people to share why they are a #ProudAmerican to counter the rampant anti-American sentiment coming from the left. The heartwarming posts on the hashtag reached over 60 million Americans on social media. Senators, Representatives, and even the original Proud American Lee Greenwood joined in our push!
Heritage Action Sentinels held sign waves, wrote letters to the editor in their local papers, and shared videos with us that we compiled into this awesomeProud American video!

Fight For America

In August, Heritage Action and The Heritage Foundation announced Fight For America, a campaign to stand up for our American values and institutions in the face of the Left’s extremism.
We launched the campaign at a town hall event with Vice President Mike Pence, where he took a stand and affirmed to law enforcement officers and business owners in attendance that the Trump Administration will always back the blue.
To Fight for America is to:
  • Preserve American History
  • Support law enforcement
  • Call for accountability in our education system
  • VOTE for American values on election day
Police Pledge
To encourage elected officials to Fight for America and back the police, we launched our Police Pledge to oppose any bill, resolution, or movement to “Defund the Police.”
To date, the police pledge has garnered over 225,000 signatures including 530 elected officials and candidates. We wanted to take the Pledge an extra step, and launched a digital campaign to thank 17 vulnerable House Members for their support for law enforcement. The media took notice and covered the story again and again. We received over 200 media hits including:
Pro-Police Billboards
In September, we continued to call for the support of law enforcement by placing seven pro-police billboards in New York City’s Times Square, Atlanta, and Dallas – cities where the “Defund the Police” movement was beginning to take hold.

The message was simple: “No Police, No Peace.” In the four weeks the billboards were up, they were viewed directly over 15 million times and received more than double that through online and TV coverage.

Check out a few of the media hits about the Pledge below

Activists Take Action

We saw pro-police rallies pop up all over the country in the wake of this movement, and Heritage Action Sentinels came out in numbers to “Back the Blue” in meaningful ways like donating meals to their local precincts, raising scholarship money for children of law enforcement officers, decorating their vehicles, and lighting up their homes in blue!
Activists put up over 15,340 “Back the Blue” yard signs in 31 states. The signs found their way to yards, business windows, event stages, parades, and into the hands of police officers themselves. This spread the pro-police message even more widely and helped officers feel that support in a tangible way.

Defending American Values

While door knocking and talking with their neighbors, Sentinels distributed 118,300 door hangers that spotlighted the stark contrast between the Marxist founding and values of Black Lives Matter, Inc. and American values. For those who were undecided going into the election, the door hangers drive home the choice before all voters.

Voting for America

To Fight for America is to Vote for America. The Left pushed hard this year for universal vote by mail. Sentinels like Jane Lee Hamman in Montana led the charge in their states drawing the distinction between universal vote by mail and absentee voting, working to protect the legitimacy of the election results and ensure every vote counts.
Heritage Action activists rose to the occasion and 349 were trained as poll workers and are working at polling stations across the country to ensure Americans are able to vote in person and that election laws are properly implemented.

Confirm Amy

When a Supreme Court vacancy opened, Heritage Action immediately went to work helping connect Americans to their Senators encouraging them to swiftly confirm a conservative nominee before the election. Together, we drove 55,000+ calls to Senate offices in support of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
Heritage Action mailed over 1 million “Confirm Amy” mailers to swing voters in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Wisconsin and expanded our Project 2020 swing voter outreach to include support and mobilization for Judge Barrett in the battleground states of NC, PA, IA and WI.
In Washington, Heritage Action organized a rally bringing together hundreds of activists to support Judge Barrett on her first day of confirmation hearings, and held two press conferences featuring Senators Blackburn, Cruz, Hawley and Lee and leaders of top conservative groups, which showed the media that Americans wanted Amy Coney Barrett confirmed.
Outside the beltway, Sentinels attended at least 23 rallies around the country with the same message: “Confirm Amy!”
As we drew nearer to Barrett’s confirmation vote, Heritage Action mounted a targeted advocacy campaign in Alaska in order to win Senator Lisa Murkowski’s support. We organized two coalition letters – one from 237 Alaskan grassroots activists and another from 20 Alaska state legislators. Our efforts paid off as Murkowski voted yes on final confirmation!
Executive Director Jessica Anderson joined Fox & Friends to share why Justice Barrett’s confirmation is a beacon for a “new kind of feminism” and writes that the “ascension of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is evidence that women do not have to decide between a career and a family.”
Get Out The Vote!
In the final week before Election Day, we will run through the tape and send over 1 million GOTV text messages to voters and pairing it up with 2 Million GOTV emails. We’re providing voters with a link to their polling place and encouraging them to bring 5 friends and family members with them to the polls.
Looking Past the Election
Overall, 2 million people took action with us this year. Among them are 10,000 Americans who took the additional step and joined the ranks of the Sentinel activist program – the “Tip of the Spear” in the fight to achieve conservative victories in Washington by leading in local communities. It’s not too late, you too can join Sentinel!
That’s important because our work doesn’t end when the votes are cast! It’s the time in between elections when policy is made, and Heritage Action exists to be effective everyday for conservative values.
Regardless of the outcome on November 3rd, Heritage Action is a powerful movement because of each of you. You, as grassroots leaders are the backbone of this organization and we will continue to stand with you to fight for conservative policy here in Washington and throughout the country. The Heritage Foundation founder Dr. Ed Feulner said it best, “In Washington, there are no permanent victories or permanent defeats, just permanent battles.”
Thank you for your commitment, hard work, trust, and support.
On to the next battle,
Jessica Anderson and the Heritage Action team

Trump’s 2nd Term Agenda: Fighting for You!

Trump Campaign Announces President
Trump’s 2nd Term Agenda: Fighting for You!


Building on the incredible achievements of President Donald J. Trump’s first term in office, the President’s re-election campaign today released a set of core priorities for a second term under the banner of “Fighting for You!” President Trump’s boundless optimism and certainty in America’s greatness is reflected in his second-term goals and stands in stark contrast to the gloomy vision of America projected by Joe Biden and Democrats.
President Trump will further illuminate these plans during his acceptance speech Thursday at the Republican National Convention. Over the coming weeks, the President will be sharing additional details about his plans through policy-focused speeches on the campaign trail.

President Trump: Fighting for You!


  • Create 10 Million New Jobs in 10 Months
  • Create 1 Million New Small Businesses
  • Cut Taxes to Boost Take-Home Pay and Keep Jobs in America
  • Enact Fair Trade Deals that Protect American Jobs
  • “Made in America” Tax Credits
  • Expand Opportunity Zones
  • Continue Deregulatory Agenda for Energy Independence


  • Develop a Vaccine by The End Of 2020
  • Return to Normal in 2021
  • Make All Critical Medicines and Supplies for Healthcare Workers in The United States
  • Refill Stockpiles and Prepare for Future Pandemics


  • Bring Back 1 Million Manufacturing Jobs from China
  • Tax Credits for Companies that Bring Back Jobs from China
  • Allow 100% Expensing Deductions for Essential Industries like Pharmaceuticals and Robotics who Bring Back their Manufacturing to the United States
  • No Federal Contracts for Companies who Outsource to China
  • Hold China Fully Accountable for Allowing the Virus to Spread around the World


  • Cut Prescription Drug Prices
  • Put Patients and Doctors Back in Charge of our Healthcare System
  • Lower Healthcare Insurance Premiums
  • End Surprise Billing
  • Cover All Pre-Existing Conditions
  • Protect Social Security and Medicare
  • Protect Our Veterans and Provide World-Class Healthcare and Services


  • Provide School Choice to Every Child in America
  • Teach American Exceptionalism


  • Pass Congressional Term Limits
  • End Bureaucratic Government Bullying of U.S. Citizens and Small Businesses
  • Expose Washington’s Money Trail and Delegate Powers Back to People and States
  • Drain the Globalist Swamp by Taking on International Organizations That Hurt American Citizens


  • Fully Fund and Hire More Police and Law Enforcement Officers
  • Increase Criminal Penalties for Assaults on Law Enforcement Officers
  • Prosecute Drive-By Shootings as Acts of Domestic Terrorism
  • Bring Violent Extremist Groups Like ANTIFA to Justice
  • End Cashless Bail and Keep Dangerous Criminals Locked Up until Trial


  • Block Illegal Immigrants from Becoming Eligible for Taxpayer-Funded Welfare, Healthcare, and Free College Tuition
  • Mandatory Deportation for Non-Citizen Gang Members
  • Dismantle Human Trafficking Networks
  • End Sanctuary Cities to Restore our Neighborhoods and Protect our Families
  • Prohibit American Companies from Replacing United States Citizens with Lower-Cost Foreign Workers
  • Require New Immigrants to Be Able to Support Themselves Financially


  • Launch Space Force, Establish Permanent Manned Presence on The Moon and Send the First Manned Mission to Mars
  • Build the World’s Greatest Infrastructure System
  • Win the Race to 5G and Establish a National High-Speed Wireless Internet Network
  • Continue to Lead the World in Access to the Cleanest Drinking Water and Cleanest Air
  • Partner with Other Nations to Clean Up our Planet’s Oceans


  • Stop Endless Wars and Bring Our Troops Home
  • Get Allies to Pay their Fair Share
  • Maintain and Expand America’s Unrivaled Military Strength
  • Wipe Out Global Terrorists Who Threaten to Harm Americans
  • Build a Great Cybersecurity Defense System and Missile Defense System


  • Continue nominating constitutionalist Supreme Court and lower court judges
  • Protect unborn life through every means available
  • Defend the freedoms of religious believers and organizations
  • Support the exercise of Second Amendment rights



Pittsburgh newspaper backs Trump in first
GOP presidential endorsement since 1972

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette endorsed President Trump on Saturday, the first time the newspaper has backed a Republican candidate since 1972.
While the editorial board said it preferred the “first-class temperament and demeanor” of former world leaders such as Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, it endorsed Trump on the basis of the pre-COVID-19 economy, his Supreme Court nominees and his work in the energy industry, a key sector in the western Pennsylvania region.
“Under Mr. Trump the United States achieved energy independence for the first time in the lifetimes of most of us. Where would Western Pennsylvania be without the Shell Petrochemical Complex (the ‘cracker plant’)?” the editorial board wrote.  In its endorsement, the newspaper also acknowledged Trump’s less-than-presidential conduct.
“We share the embarrassment of millions of Americans who are disturbed by the president’s unpresidential manners and character — his rudeness and put-downs and bragging and bending of the truth,” the editorial read.  In 2018, the newspaper fired longtime cartoonist Rob Rogers after it rejected several of his cartoons that were critical of Trump, according to The Washington Post.
The paper criticized Democratic nominee Joe Biden, a Pennsylvania native, for his stance on ending fracking and other “Cuckoo California dreams.”  Biden has repeatedly stated that he has no plans to ban fracking and instead would seek to end subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. The paper also makes light of Biden’s promised well-paying green jobs, suggesting these positions would likely not be in Pennsylvania or other states that depend on energy production.
While painting Biden, 77,  as being “too old for the job, and fragile,” it acknowledges that it believes Trump at 74 is also too old but “seemingly robust.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette endorsed Obama during his campaign runs in 2008 and 2012.
Pennsylvania is one of the key battleground states that could help determine the winner of the presidential contest on Tuesday.
Updated at 1:39 p.m.

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