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Could the Gates Foundation lobby against school budget cuts?

The Wall Street Journal draws attention to this “Statement on the Financial Crisis,” posted on the Gates’ Foundation’s Web site, which discloses that the foundation will give less money next year than previously planned.

The foundation also vows to lobby governments not to cut back on programs:

When government officials write next year’s budgets, it may be tempting to cut back on the very programs our grantees care most about. We will continue to advocate, within the legal limits on lobbying, for funding and policies that advance the work we’re doing with our partners.