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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2009, photo released by the Transportation Department, Sam LaHood, left, watches as his father Ray is sworn in as Transportation Secretary, at the Transportation Department in Washington. Two months before Egyptian police stormed the offices of U.S.-backed democracy organizations in 2011, 7 Egyptian employees resigned from one of the American groups to protest what they called very undemocratic practices. This wasn’t the democracy that Dawlat Soulam, one of those who quit, said she had hoped to deliver to Egypt when she went to work for the International Republican Institute. Soulam, a New York City-born Egyptian with dual citizenship, and the others said they were troubled by work being done under the programs run by Sam LaHood. Interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the workers’ protest and the broader government crackdown with the raids helped expose what U.S. officials do not want to admit publicly: the American government spent tens of millions of dollars financing and training liberal groups in Egypt, the backbone of the Egyptian uprising. This was done to build opposition to Islamic and pro-military parties in power - all in the name of democracy development. And, all while American diplomats were assuring Egyptian leaders the U.S. was not taking sides. (AP Photo/Transportation Department)

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