Hillary Clinton Tops Think Tank’s ‘Islamist Money in Politics’ List
JNS.org – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has received more campaign contributions than any other US politician from “individuals who subscribe to the same Islamic supremacism as Khomeini, Bin Laden and ISIS,” according to a list compiled by a Philadelphia-based think tank.
Clinton ranked first on the Middle East Forum’s 2015-2016 “Islamist Money in Politics” list of politicians who have taken money from prominent Islamists with ties to terrorism.
According to MEF, Clinton took $41,165 from donors associated with terrorist organizations, including $19,249 from senior leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), deemed a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates in 2014. In 2007, CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the FBI’s case against the Hamas-linked Holy Land Foundation, which was eventually found guilty of aiding Hamas.
In one instance, MEF said, Clinton accepted $3,000 from former CAIR vice chairman Ahmad Al-Akhras, who has defended numerous Islamists indicted and later convicted of terrorism.
While Green Party candidate Jill Stein has accepted $250, Republican nominee Donald Trump and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson have not received any such funds, MEF reported.
Others on the list include Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who received $17,370, and Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.), who received $13,225. Ellison and Carson are the first and second Muslims to be elected to the US Congress.
The Middle East Forum’s top-10 list includes nine democrats, one independent – Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders who accepted $9,285 – and no Republicans.
The self-described aim of the MEF’s Islamist Money in Politics project, launched in 2014, is to raise awareness of Islamist influence on US politics, by making public the campaign contributions made by 1,356 figures in America’s leading Islamist groups. To date, the project has documented 2,974 such contributions, totalling $1.43 million.