The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), receives in millions in contributions from overseas, which is a direct violation of their tax exempt status with the IRS and also of laws pertaining to foreign lobbying of US officials. CAIR uses a variety of shell corporations that allow it to take in millions from overseas, which they can redirect, pretty much as they please, including using those funds for public relations and other aid to Hamas.
CAIR is listed as a lobbying group ostensibly concentrating on American concerns among the Muslim community. Charles C. Johnson of the Daily Caller, reveals that they show a different side to the IRS, complete with many shell corporations who accept millions of dollars from Middle East sources.
As a lobbying group, Cair must report all contributions over $5,000 dollars. By shuffling money between it's 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) branches, it's able to conceal tens of millions in contributions. Documents reveal that CAIR has accepted millions from oil rich countries in the Middle East, along with tens of millions in pledges.
CAIR actually no longer exists. They have changed their name to the Washington Trust Foundation. (WTF)
David Reaboi, vice president for strategic communications at the Center for Security Policy, told The Daily Caller, “Plentiful legal evidence, acquired in the course of a lawsuit—plus CAIR’s own official filing documents to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and IRS—make clear that CAIR has engaged in a thinly-disguised money laundering operation.”
“In addition to violating its 501(c)(3) regulations, CAIR’s undisclosed and hidden foreign donations amount to violation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act as well.”
Cair was formed in 1994 and received tax exempt status during the Clinton years. Just one year before, the two founders, Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad, were caught on FBI wiretaps, talking with highly placed Hamas leaders, discussing the need for a public relations campaign. Hamas was code named Samah (How inventive). The two sides discussed how to use millions of dollars to promote it's efforts in Gaza and the West Bank.
Johnson of the Daily Caller wrote:
"At the time, both CAIR founders Awad and Ahmad served in leadership positions in a key piece of the Muslim Brotherhood’s network in the United States, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was founded by Hamas political director Mousa Abu Marzook before he was deported from the United States."
In 2008, Ahmed was named as an unindicted coconspirator in the largest terrorism funding trial in US history in US vs. Holy Land Foundation. CAIR and other groups attempted to clear their names and in 2009, U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis, denied their request, saying:
“the government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR…with NAIT [North American Islamic Trust], the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas.”
And even though their ties to Hamas and their origin (supported by court documents and decisions) as a splinter group of the Muslim Brotherhood, they continue to be praised and supported by liberal politicians, which could explain why the IRS is turning a blind eye to their indiscretions.
Simply stated, CAIR accepts these large overseas donations from individuals and governments into their 501(c)(4) entity, which is not required to name it's donors or the amount of the donations, then transfer the money into their 501(c)(3) entity. This is known as money laundering, a federal crime.
Then there is the little matter of using these funds to lobby the US government and our elected officials. Foreign Agent Registration Act. It was enacted in 1938 and required that the group periodically that requires persons and groups representing foreign interests to name those interests in filing, which CAIR doesn't do.