No big difference in how Politics are played currently in America. The old relevant adage says and still holds true today, follow the money. We see contributions from Lawyers, Brokers and Chiropractors; what about Islamists? What about those Muslims who seek to replace our Constitution with the Quran and apply Sharia law in its entirety and severity? In other words, someone who seeks to not just sway a candidate to tweak the tax code but to ultimately renovate the whole Constitution of the United States for their version of Islamic law.
Until now Islamists campaign contributions have been (unknown). A new initiative of the Middle East Forum’s Islamic Watch provides a first look at the dimensions of this lobby, using a sortable database. The Islamic money in Politics (IMIP) project (atislamist-watch.org/money-politics) finds out that over the past 15 years, prominent figures associated with 6 leading American Islamist organizations have donated almost $700,000 to federal U.S. candidates.
Those 6 are:
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),
- Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA),
- Islamic Society of North America (ISNA),
- Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA),
- Muslim American Society (MAS),
- Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).
Associates of CAIR lead the way in dollar terms, making over $430,000 in campaign contributions to candidates for federal office. That’s a chunk of change from a group named as an unindicted co-conspirator in America’s largest terror-financing case, in which the federal judge found evidence of CAIR’s association to Hamas a proclaimed terrorists group by our government.
Data compiled by the Islamist Money in Politics project (IMIP), based on data for this election cycle, lists 11 candidates who received various amounts of donation money from Islamists. Midterm congressional elections resulted in losses for numerous candidates who have supported American Islamists.
The biggest defeat came in Michigan for re-election of Governor Rick Snyder. He spoke at the annual conference of (ISNA) a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity whose events are full of radical speakers, reports the Clarion Project. Thinking they were a moderate group he made the mistake of saying, “I’m a strong supporter of Israel and believe in its right to exist.” Muslims blasted him as anti-Muslim and called an issue of action alert for Muslims to contact his office. Despite the backlash against him, Snyder was re-elected.
A second blow to Islamist influence came with the (defeat) of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. Quinn had praised the Chicago chapter of (CAIR) a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity with documented links to Hamas recently endorsing Sharia governance and rebuilding a caliphate. In December 2013 Quinn was a keynote speaker at (ICNA) and (MAS) two groups with radical histories. Quinn was introduced by the speaker who remembered meeting him at the Hamas-linked Mosque Foundation and declared, “This is the kind of governor that we support and like.”
A third defeat was the stunning loss for Lt. Governor Anthony Brown in his bid to be Maryland’s governor to the surreal upset by the winner Larry Hogan. Brown spoke for a CAIR event in May even though official FBI policy prohibits partaking in CAIR fundraisers due to its affiliation with Hamas.
Maryland’s current governor, Martin O’Malley, is a presidential possible candidate and CAIR has used O’Malley/Brown officials for fundraising. The O’Malley/ Brown admin also endorsed a $100-Million mega-mosque project in Maryland supported by the Islamist government of Turkey. The project is also backed by ICNA and ISNA leaders, according to Clarion. O’Malley was also the chairman of the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Working group on Violent Extremism that reviewed counter-terrorism training for our police and military. The committee included officials from these same Islamist groups and produced (Islamist friendly) guidelines.
Scott Brown failed to win his race for Senate in New Hampshire. He was one of the Republican leaders who questioned the integrity of the five members of Congress (who asked for investigations) into the influence on the U.S. govt. of Muslim Brotherhood-linked individuals and activists. At the time Brown said accusations about Huma Abedin a documented Islamist was then Secretary of State Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, were “out-of-line” and have “no place in our public discourse.”
Charlie Crist failed in a very tight race to win office in Florida. As reported by counter-terrorism export Patrick Poole, an Islamist cleric, Muhammad Musri of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, was on Governor Crist’ Faith-Based and Communications Advisory Council and on his 2010 Sunshine Consensus Committee. Musri helped fundraise for the Hamas linked Viva Palestine group led by anti-American British activist George Galloway.
At present a possible defeat of Virginia Senator Mark Warner. In Sept 2011, Senator Mark Warner sent a videotaped message of support to an event in Virginia that honored Islamist Jamal Barzinji, who helped setup the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network. His house was raided in 2003 as part of a terror-financing investigation. Special Agent David Kane in a sworn affidavit said Barzinji is closely linked to Palestine Islamic Jihad and Hamas. The planned prosecution of Barzinji was dropped under the Obama Admin.
Senate race in Georgia was lost by Michelle Nunn. She was put on the defensive after an internal campaign memo was leaked warning about attacks linking her to terrorists. It was an apparent reference to the relationship between “Points of Light charity”, an organization founded by former President Bush but Nunn was the CEO with Islamic Relief USA. Islamic Relief has extensive ties with Muslim Brotherhood and financing Hamas affiliates in Turkey.
National Review Online broke the story that Points of Light tax filings show that, under Nunn’s helm, its entity named Mission Fish certified Islamic Relief USA for donations through E-Bay. As a result, $33,000 flowed to the Islamist charity. A 2010 audit determined Points of Light auditing isn’t adequate to account for federal funds.
Candidates who received Islamist donations and were victorious include:
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison
Indiana Rep. Andre Carson
Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly
New York Rep. Charles Rangel
Michigan Rep. Gary Peters (Senate)
Florida Rep. Gwen Graham
New Jersey Rep. Kyrsten Sinema
Maryland Rep Chris Van Hollen
Michigan Rep Daniel Kildee
Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Kansas Senator Pat Roberts
Minnesota Senator Al Franken
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
Overall, Islamist money was relatively minor in these latest (midterm elections). Still IMIP data holds politicians accountable for accepting funds from these sources and it tells voters who takes money from individuals linked to enemies of the U.S. and its allies.
In 2013 and 2014 federal campaigns, Islamists gave Democrats $57,408 and only $3,326 to Republicans. That’s a ratio of 17 to 1 according to IMIP. Islam is the only Religion/government allowed to skip over the divide or separation in America of Church and State and give to candidates.
Candidates do not need to be Islamists to be influenced by them. In some cases they may not even realize the extremist backgrounds of the Islamists courting them but they should especially with the newly found help from Islamic Money in Politics project.
Our job as voters must be to show them that if they don’t change their course and do their diligence there is a political price to pay for inattentiveness and greed. Thereby, voters will be forced to expose the ultimate in tainted political contributions from our enemies equally, wherever we find it, either in Democratic or Republican camps.