CAIR's Money Laundering Scheme
By Matthew Vadum
The Muslim Brotherhood’s front group in the United States conceals donations from Islamist governments overseas by maintaining a complex web of shell organizations, according to a new report.
Right under President Obama’s nose, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) engages in an ACORN-like game of corporate musical chairs with its convoluted corporate structure and head-spinning funding machinations, Charles C. Johnson reports in the Daily Caller. Among the bombshell allegations, previewed Friday in FrontPage, are that CAIR has been “washing” millions of dollars from oil-rich nations without disclosing the donations to the U.S. government, as the law appears to require.
CAIR, a social welfare and lobbying organization recognized under 501c4 of the federal tax code, is the Islamofascist group in the United States most favored by leftists, Islamist fellow-travelers, dupes, and useful idiots. While CAIR’s parent organization is the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood, it also has ties to Hamas and al-Qaeda. CAIR is a de facto agent of hostile foreign powers, including those in the business of exporting terrorism to our shores.
Since its creation nearly 20 years ago, CAIR has posed as a civil rights organization in order to immunize itself from criticism and has enjoyed remarkable success in infiltrating the American political establishment. Indeed, the Obama administration has gone out of its way to aid CAIR over and over again.
Court documents indicate CAIR took in at least $2,792,203 in contributions, income and money from foreign principals, including “a $2,106,251 mortgage loan from a foreign principal for CAIR’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and at least $54,500,000 in pledges from foreign principals,” the Daily Caller reports.
The government of Qatar gave CAIR $405,000 over five years. CAIR’s lobbying arm gave CAIR a little over $1 million in the same period. It’s unclear where that money came from.
CAIR has also received $199,980 from the Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia. Organizations in the United Arab Emirates have also been generous to CAIR. The UAE embassy gave CAIR $219,563. Other UAE donations include $100,000 from the National Bank of Fujairah, $99,985 from Red Crescent of Abu Dhabi, and $44,985 from Bin Hammodah Properties of Abu Dhabi.
CAIR holds itself out publicly as a single entity, soliciting donations for its itself, a 501c4 nonprofit, but then funnels the funds to other entities in its network. This is similar to what the corrupt radical group ACORN did with its 300-plus affiliates, as I showed in my 2011 expose of ACORN and President Obama, Subversion Inc.
David Reaboi, vice president for strategic communications at the Center for Security Policy, says what CAIR does is part of “a thinly-disguised money laundering operation.” Reaboi added that CAIR’s “undisclosed and hidden foreign donations amount to violation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act as well.”
The Daily Caller also reports that CAIR has “met and coordinated with foreign principals on at least 35 occasions and engaged in more than 100 political influence operations on behalf of foreign principals in the United States.”
The Obama administration has admitted to “hundreds” of closed-door meetings with CAIR. It was revealed last week that CAIR also works with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, even though it is not supposed to do so.
A government watchdog’s report from last week takes the FBI to task for violating its own policies by continuing to work with CAIR.
The Justice Department’s inspector general faults FBI headquarters for repeatedly providing its field offices with conflicting information and pinpoints five examples in which FBI field office special agents-in-charge ignored or deliberately defied FBI policy.
As recently as June of last year, the FBI denied working with CAIR after Tracy Schmaler, a hyper-partisan political operative then heading up the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs, issued instructions to ignore the policy.
J. Christian Adams, author of Injustice, a best-selling expose on the politicization of the Obama Justice Department, notes that the inspector general’s report faults the FBI for doing things such as bringing in CAIR officials to provide “diversity training” for FBI officials in New Haven, Conn.
The inspector general’s report came as CAIR issued a new report of its own denouncing the so-called “Islamophobia” of the Fox News Channel, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, David Horowitz Freedom Center, and others who dare to engage in an honest discussion of Islam and the politics surrounding it. Islamophobia is a concept invented to intimidate critics of Islam by implying that any and all skepticism of the Muslim religion is animated by bigotry or ethnic animus. CAIR has urged Muslims not to cooperate with the FBI which it characterizes as corrupt.
CAIR previously applauded CIA director John Brennan and President Obama for following its recommendations by avoiding the perfectly useful word Islamist. “Islamist is a stealth slur,” the group says. “It exists as a piece of coded language.”
CAIR has been appropriately compared to the German American Bund, a U.S.-based organization created before World War Two to promote a favorable view of America’s eventual enemy, Nazi Germany. The Bund, like CAIR, was a fifth-column organization created with the assistance of unfriendly foreign powers.
CAIR was founded in 1994 by Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad, both of whom worked for a pro-Palestine group established by senior Hamas operative Mousa Abu Marzook, and functioned as Hamas’ public relations and recruitment arm in the United States.
Things haven’t been going well for CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood, its parent organization, in recent days.
Last week, a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who is also a member of the Clinton family’s political network was arrested in Egypt in an ongoing roundup of seditious Islamist militants.
Charged with inciting violence, Gehad el-Haddad worked for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation from mid-2007 to mid-2012. Gehad is the Egyptian version of the Arabic word Jihad.
In Cairo, a court issued an order reportedly banning “all activities” by the Muslim Brotherhood. The ruling Monday applies to the Brotherhood, its nongovernmental organization, and “any organization derived from it,” judges said. It is unclear if the order extends to the Brotherhood’s partisan arm, the Freedom and Justice Party. The Brotherhood, which has thrived despite being banned for most of the 85 years it has existed, is expected to appeal the ruling.
The court also directed Egypt’s interim government to confiscate the Brotherhood’s funds and create a panel to oversee its frozen assets until an appeal has been heard.
The court decision “opens the door for a wider crackdown on the vast network of the Brotherhood, which includes social organizations that have been key for building the group’s grassroots support and helping its election victories,” according to Fox News.
On the weekend, Muslim terrorists attacked Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, reportedly killing at least 62 people. Police have reportedly captured or killed several of the terrorists in the siege at the mall which was in its fourth day at press time.
The assault was orchestrated by Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (“Mujahideen Youth Movement” in Arabic), or al-Shabaab for short, which is al-Qaeda’s Somalia-based cell. Al-Shabaab claimed on its since-suspended Twitter account that several of the attackers were from outside Africa, including three from the U.S., and one from each of Canada, the United Kingdom, and Finland.
Abdirizak Bihi, a Minnesota-based Somali community leader, told the Daily Caller that he “tried to warn America,” about the dangers that the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group posed to the Somali-American community but CAIR has worked to undermine his efforts. Minnesota residents were reportedly among the mall attackers.
Bihi has worked with the FBI and testified before Congress about the dangers of homegrown radicalization. CAIR has tried to blacken his reputation with law enforcement agencies and calls him “an Islamophobe.”
“They say that I am a bad person, that I am anti-Muslim, and that I don’t represent a hundred percent the Somali community,” Bihi said. “They lie about my life most of the time and try to destroy my character, my capability, and my trust in the community.”
There’s probably no point in Bihi complaining further about CAIR to the Justice Department, at least not while Barack Hussein Obama remains in the White House.