translated from Spanish: US to maintain funding from CSOs and media investigating corruption

The United States will continue to fund civil society organizations and investigative journalists around the world as part of its policy to denounce and combat international corruption.
US President Joe Biden instructed his team to maintain funding, and even increase resources.
On May 6, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador presented a diplomatic note to the United States in which he asks to explain the financing to some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), which are considered by the president as groups opposed to his government.

However, from that day to date, the U.S. embassy has not responded to the diplomatic note.
Just yesterday, Lopez Obrador accused the US Embassy of distributing “corn with weevils” for the funding they give to some organizations in Mexico.
The president made this statement six days before his meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris.

According to the Biden administration’s strategy, the US will lead and support efforts to promote good governance, transparency in U.S. and global financial systems, as well as prevent and combat corruption at home and abroad and make it harder for the corrupt to protect their activities.
In addition, it will support and strengthen the capacities of civil society, the media and other actors to investigate and analyse corruption trends, advocate for preventive measures, investigate and uncover corruption, and hold leaders accountable.
In the National Security Study Memorandum, Biden asserted that corruption “threatens U.S. national security, economic equity, efforts against global and developmental poverty, and democracy itself.”
Therefore, fighting it becomes a “U.S. national security interest,” he says.

⚠️ Retera @POTUS strategy to combat corruption and promote good governance by supporting and strengthening the capacity of civil society, the media and other oversight and counterweight actors. Guideline applies all over the world.
— Dolia Estevez (@DoliaEstevez) June 3, 2021

The strategy highlights the importance of working with international partners to “counter the strategic corruption of foreign leaders, state-owned or affiliated enterprises, transnational crime organizations.”
When President López Obrador presented the diplomatic note, he showed some invoices and said that the organization Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI) has received 50 million pesos from the US government since 2018, just as he began his six-year term.
He explained that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico through the Agency for International Development (USAID) financed this organization through the “donation” mechanism.
This fact was described by the president as “an act of interventionism that violates our sovereignty,” which is why he presented the diplomatic note.
“A foreign government cannot give money to political groups in another country, the Constitution establishes it, you can not receive money for political purposes, it is treason to the fatherland,” the president said.
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