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Islamist Money in Politics

Donations from Individuals Associated with American Islamist Groups

Top-Ten Recipients of Islamist Money in 2015-2016

By the Numbers

Candidates 2015-2016 Lifetime
Hillary Clinton (D-NY)* $62,156 $67,656
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) $17,555 $193,943
Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) $13,225 $63,009
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) $9,312 $9,512
Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)* $6,907 $6,907
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) $5,860 $5,910
Evan McMullin (I)* $5,400 $5,400
Former Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) $3,500 $10,500
Dwight Evans (D-PA)* $3,500 $3,500
Rep. Donna Fern Edwards (D-MD) $2,900 $4,900

Values indicate donations made by prominent Islamists listed in the Islamist Money in Politics database.

Updated: November 7, 2016

*Candidates

Top Ten Recipients—Details

Hillary Clinton (D-NY)

Hillary Clinton has received $62,156 from prominent Islamists in 2015-2016. (Click here for full donation history.)

Donors are associated with the following Islamist groups:

(Click here for group descriptions.)

  • American Muslim Council (AMC)
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
  • Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
  • Muslim Students Association (MSA)
  • "SAAR Network" (SAAR)

Donors of particular note:

  • Ahmad Al-Akhras (CAIR) is past president of CAIR-Ohio, and former vice chairman of CAIR's national board. Repeatedly defended Columbus men indicted -- and later convicted -- on terrorism charges.
  • Yahya Basha (Muslim Public Affairs Council, American Muslim Council) was president of convicted terror financier Abdurahman Alamoudi's organization, the American Muslim Council.
  • Yaqub Mirza (SAAR) is a money manager in several capacities, who was a key organizer of the SAAR Network of terror-supporting entities.
  • Khurrum Wahid (CAIR) is the former legal advisor for CAIR national, and founder of Emerge USA, which grooms new Islamist leaders for participation in American politics.
  • Safaa Zarzour (CAIR, ISNA) a Chicago lawyer, was first the president and chair of CAIR-Chicago, and then secretary-general of ISNA.

Islamist Group Donations to Hillary Clinton, Lifetime (as of 8-31-16)

Prominent Islamist Donations to Hillary Clinton, Lifetime (as of 8-31-16)

Educational outreach by Islamist Watch: Islamist Watch attempted to contact the Clinton campaign by mail on September 21 at the first address listed on its website. The correspondence was returned and a new letter was sent to a different address on October 5.

Result of contact: No response yet.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)

Rep. Ellison has received $17,555 from prominent Islamists in 2015-2016. (Click here for full donation history.)

Donors are associated with the following Islamist groups:

(Click here for group descriptions.)

  • American Muslim Council (AMC)
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
  • Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
  • Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)
  • Muslim-American Society (MAS)
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
  • Muslim Students Association (MSA)
  • North American Islamic Trust (NAIT)
  • "SAAR Network" (SAAR, SAFA)
  • United Association for Studies and Research (UASR)

Donors of particular note:

  • Hisham Altalib (SAAR, etc.) was a close collaborator with Jamal Barzinji and played a key role in several Muslim Brotherhood-linked organizations, and is presently an officer of the Brotherhood front International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).
  • Jamal Barzinji (SAAR Foundation/ SAFA Trust) was a major participant in the founding of almost every national Muslim Brotherhood organization in the US.
  • Yahya Basha (Muslim Public Affairs Council) was president of convicted terror financier Abdurahman Alamoudi's American Muslim Council.
  • Esam Omeish (Muslim-American Society) is the former president of MAS, and was forced to resign from a Virginia commission on immigration in 2007 when video of a 2000 speech showed him praising "the jihad way."

Educational outreach by Islamist Watch:

Islamist Watch sent a letter to Rep. Ellison on September 22, detailing the Islamist ties of some of his donors.

Result of contact:

Rep. Ellison has not responded to our educational outreach.

Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)

Rep. Carson has received $13,225 from prominent Islamists in 2015-2016. (Click here for full donation history.)

Donors are associated with the following Islamist groups:

  • (Click here for group descriptions.)
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
  • Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
  • Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
  • Muslim-American Society (MAS)
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
  • Muslim Students Association (MSA)
  • North American Islamic Trust (NAIT)
  • "SAAR Network" (SAAR, SAFA)

Donors of particular note:

  • Hisham Altalib (SAAR, etc.) was a close collaborator with Jamal Barzinji and played a key role in several Muslim Brotherhood-linked organizations, and is presently an officer of the Brotherhood front International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).
  • Jamal Barzinji (SAAR Foundation/ SAFA Trust) was a major participant in the founding of almost every national Muslim Brotherhood organization in the US.
  • Yaqub Mirza (SAAR) is a money manager in several capacities, who was a key organizer of the SAAR Network of terror-supporting entities.
  • Esam Omeish (Muslim-American Society) is the former president of MAS, and was forced to resign from a Virginia commission on immigration in 2007 when video of a 2000 speech showed him praising "the jihad way."

Educational outreach by Islamist Watch: Islamist Watch sent a letter to Rep. Carson on September 27, detailing the Islamist ties of some of his donors.

Result of contact: Rep. Carson has not yet responded to our educational outreach.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Sen. Sanders has received $9,312 from prominent Islamists in 2015-2016. (Click here for full donation history.)

Donors are associated with the following Islamist groups:

(Click here for group descriptions.)

  • American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Holy Land Foundation (HLF)
  • 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)
  • Muslim Students Association (MSA)
  • North American Imams Federation (NAIF)
  • "SAAR Network" (SAAR)

Donors of particular note:

  • Yasir Mahar (CAIR) is the president of the Executive Committee of CAIR-Los Angeles.

Educational outreach by Islamist Watch: Islamist Watch will be contacting Senator Sanders shortly.

Result of contact: N/A

Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)

Ms. Jayapal has received $6,907 from prominent Islamists in 2015-2016. (Click here for full donation history.)

Donors are associated with the following Islamist groups:

(Click here for group descriptions.)

  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Educational outreach by Islamist Watch: Islamist Watch sent a letter to Ms. Jayapal on October 14, detailing the Islamist ties of some of her donors.

Result of contact: No response received yet.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

Rep. Duckworth has received $5,860 from prominent Islamists in 2015-16. (Click here for full donation history.)

Donors are associated with the following Islamist groups:

(Click here for group descriptions.)

  • American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Muslim-American Society (MAS)
  • North American Islamic Trust (NAIT)

Educational outreach by Islamist Watch: Islamist Watch sent a letter to Rep. Duckworth on September 27, detailing the Islamist ties of some of his donors.

Result of contact: No response yet.

Evan McMullin (I)

Mr. McMullin has received $5,400 from prominent Islamists in 2015-2016. (Click here for full donation history.)

Donors are associated with the following Islamist groups:

(Click here for group descriptions.)

  • Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
  • Muslim Students Association (MSA)

Donors of particular note:

  • Yahya Basha (Muslim Public Affairs Council) was president of convicted terror financier Abdurahman Alamoudi's American Muslim Council.

Educational outreach by Islamist Watch: Islamist Watch will be contacting Mr. McMullin's campaign shortly.

Result of contact: No response received yet.

Chaka Fattah (D-PA)

Mr. Fattah has received $3,500 from prominent Islamists in 2015-2016. (Click here for full donation history.)

Donors are associated with the following Islamist groups:

(Click here for group descriptions.)

  • Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)

Donors of particular note:

  • Kenneth Gamble AKA Luqman Abdul Haqq (MANA) was a musical legend in the 1960s who converted to Islam, and who has turned much of South Philadelphia into a Muslim enclave via cronyism with government officials and abuse of eminent domain to seize vast properties.

Educational outreach by Islamist Watch: Islamist Watch did not contact Mr. Fattah, as he resigned from office following a criminal conviction.

Dwight Evans (D-PA)

Mr. Evans has received $3,500 from prominent Islamists in 2015-2016. (Click here for full donation history.)

Donors are associated with the following Islamist groups:

(Click here for group descriptions.)

  • Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)

Donors of particular note:

  • Kenneth Gamble AKA Luqman Abdul Haqq (MANA) was a musical legend in the 1960s who converted to Islam, and who has turned much of South Philadelphia into a Muslim enclave via cronyism with government officials and abuse of eminent domain to seize vast properties.

Educational outreach by Islamist Watch: Islamist Watch sent a letter to Mr. Evans on October 14, detailing the Islamist ties of some of his donors.

Result of contact: No response yet.

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)

Rep. Edwards has received $2,900 from prominent Islamists in 2015-2016. (Click here for full donation history.)

Donors are associated with the following Islamist groups:

(Click here for group descriptions.)

  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Muslim-American Society (MAS)
  • "SAAR Network" (SAAR)

Donors of particular note:

  • Yaqub Mirza (SAAR) is a money manager in several capacities, who was a key organizer of the SAAR Network of terror-supporting entities.

Educational outreach by Islamist Watch: Islamist Watch will be contacting Rep. Edwards shortly.

Result of contact: N/A

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