The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, has reported that its Greater Los Angeles Area office helped raise $454,000 at its annual banquet, held Nov. 19 in Anaheim, California and attended by over 2000 people. According the report, the fundraising effort was assisted by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the nation’s first Muslim congressman, who delivered the keynote address. CAIR also reported that more than half of that total came from sponsorships, pledges and donations on the night of the banquet and that fundraising efforts would continue until goal of $500,000 is reached. As previous posts have noted, there have recently been conflicting statements and reports about CAIR’s membership status and financial health with CAIR arguing that it has been both harmed and unharmed by legal actions involving the organization. CAIR has filed a legal brief seeking to be removed from a list of unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land terrorism financing case where it argued that it had suffered harm including a decline in membership as a result of its inclusion. However, a local newspaper article reported that any drop in national CAIR revenue has been offset by contributions to its 33 local chapters. The current report on CAIR fundraising, if accurate, supports this conclusion.