Payment Linked To “Blacklist Conservative News”

( )- According to documents, a nonprofit group almost wholly sponsored by the State Department has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to a “disinformation” monitor.  The monitor is surreptitiously blacklisting and making efforts to defund conservative media sites.

According to an investigative report, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which got $300 million in government funds in 2021, provided $230,000 to the U.S. nonprofit entity behind the Global Disinformation Index (GDI) in 2020.

According to documents, the NED awarded GDI, also known as “Disinformation Index, Inc.” $315,750 in 2021.

GDI claims to engage with local partners in Asia, the Middle East, and South America to analyze misinformation risks of regional online media ecosystems, leveraging artificial intelligence and expert assessment. GDI was awarded funding that was not previously publicized in order to do this.

Reports show the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) board includes Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX). They manage grantmaking and have been under criticism for funding GDI.

Stefanik and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) were among many Republican legislators who criticized the State Department for its links to the misinformation organization.

According to GDI’s site, a “Dynamic Exclusion List” of the worst accused internet misinformation propagandists is maintained. To defund and demote the top offenders and cut off funding to websites that purportedly propagate disinformation, the organization gives the list to ad tech firms.


Among the most dangerous news sources identified by GDI are those that present conservative viewpoints. GDI claimed the least damaging websites tended to lean left.

Disinfo Cloud, an unclassified and former platform via the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, is the other organization that has financed GDI.

Reports reveal between 2018 and 2021, Disinfo Cloud was utilized by the House and hundreds of government agencies.
According to the organization’s website, The Global Engagement Center (GEC) worked to fight state and non-state propaganda and disinformation campaigns that targeted the United States, its allies, and partner countries.