The office of U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) has announced that he has written a letter to the head of the Internal Revenue Service asking that the agency to investigate whether the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has illegally received or solicited funds from foreign governments or agents. According to the press release:
Washington, D.C. – In response to recent information released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ tax-exempt status has been terminated for repeated failure to file required tax forms, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today asked the IRS to also investigate whether CAIR has illegally received or solicited funds from foreign governments or agents. In a letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, Wolf applauded the agency for revoking CAIR’s tax-exempt status for its failure to file the annual disclosure report, Form 990, for at least the last three years. He said that compliance with this law is the only assurance the public has that an organization claiming tax-exempt status is not abusing this privilege. Wolf provided Shulman a copy of a recently disclosed letter from CAIR executive director Nihad Awad to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, in which he appears to solicit money for a CAIR project. “I am concerned that Awad and CAIR may be soliciting — and receiving — funds from other unsavory foreign governments and organizations, including some that may be sponsors of terror,” Wolf wrote, citing reports that indicate Awad and other CAIR representatives may have traveled to Sudan to solicit funds from Sudanese President Omar Hassan Bashir. “I request that the IRS investigate whether Awad and CAIR may have violated U.S. law in soliciting or accepting money from foreign governments or agents during the period that CAIR failed to file Form 990,” wrote Wolf.
A copy of Wolf’s letter to Commissioner Shulman is available below and on his Web site at wolf.house.gov.
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An earlier post documents obtained from a law enforcement source detailing a plan to pass money from the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to Georgetown University through the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Documents released in the Holy Land Trial have revealed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as identifying the organization itself as being part of the US. Brotherhood. A recent post discussed an interview with the Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in which he confirms a relationship between his organization and CAIR. Investigative research posted on GMBDW had determined that CAIR had it origins in the U.S. Hamas infrastructure and CAIR and its leaders have a long history of defending almost all individuals accused of terrorism by the US. government, frequently calling such prosecutions a “war on Islam.” In 2009, a US federal judge ruled “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.”” The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) along with CAIR are part of the US Muslim Brotherhood.