Selling democracy does not come cheap, as the US is spending billions of taxpayers’ dollars to finance foreign politicians and parties which fall on its side of the fence.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has spent US$9 billion on promoting Washington’s democracy initiatives.
This is a new model for influencing target countries’ internal politics in favor of US interests through financing, training, support and guidance to pro-US forces in foreign countries.
Another democracy promoter – the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) – received $132 million during 2009, and nearly all of it from US government agencies.
But those are just the tip of the iceberg. There is an entire network of organizations involved in the democracy promotion business.