Middle East Analyst scholar Daniel Pipes has published an article titled “André Carson, Islamists’ Choice for the House of Representatives” which looks at campaign contributions by US Muslim Brotherhood organizations. The article begins:
In politics, the adage goes, follow the money. And so, data abound for contributions from trial lawyers, insurance brokers, and even optometrists.
But what about Islamists, those Muslims who seek to replace the Constitution with the Koran and apply Islamic law in its entirety and severity – who, in other words, seek not just to tweak the tax code but to change the nature of the United States?
Until now, their campaign contributions have been unknown. A new initiative of the Middle East Forum’s Islamist Watch provides a first look at the dimensions of this lobby, using a sortable database. The Islamist Money in Politics (IMIP) project (at www.islamist-watch.org/money-politics) finds that, over the past 15 years, prominent figures associated with six leading American Islamist organizations have donated almost $700,000 to federal U.S. candidates.
Those six are the
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) and 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 nice piece of change from a group named as an ‘unindicted co-conspirator’ in America’s largest terror-financing case, in which the federal judge found ‘ample evidence’ of CAIR’s links to Hamas.
Read the rest here.
A Hudson Institute report, authored by the GMBDW, identifies all of the above but the Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA) as part of the US Muslim Brotherhood. The ties of MANA to the US Muslim Brotherhood were reported by the GMBDW in 2008.