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GOP dumps terrorist money

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February 28, 2007

A Republican Party campaign committee that received $20,000 in 2003 from a man now accused of helping terrorists has donated the money to a foundation that comforts families of wounded soldiers.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the campaign arm for Republican senators, renounced the contribution after news reports identified Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari as an NRSC “Inner Circle Member for Life.”

Federal prosecutors charged Alishtari two weeks ago in New York with terrorism financing, material support of terrorism and money laundering. Alishtari pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

“In light of the recent charges filed against a former donor, the National Republican Senatorial Committee will donate the sum total of the former donor’s contributions to a charitable organization,” NRSC spokeswoman Rebecca Fisher said.

The committee gave $20,000 last week to the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing for families on the grounds of military and Veterans’ Administration hospitals.

Alishtari also donated more than $15,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm for Republican House members.

Jessica Boulanger, a spokeswoman for the NRCC, said the committee is awaiting the outcome of Alishtari’s case. If found guilty, she said, the money would be donated to charity.

Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press

One Response to GOP dumps terrorist money

  1. Carl Nemo

    March 1, 2007 at 4:37 am

    “Federal prosecutors charged Alishtari two weeks ago in New York with terrorism financing, material support of terrorism and money laundering. Alishtari pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.”

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    This man has been “accused only”; has not stood trial, and as yet, not found “guilty” in a court of law. Per New York City/State campaign funding laws; rules and regulations it seems that the money must be returned to the donor. He may need the money for his defense, or it can be held in trust pending the outcome of the trial, but they’ve decided to donate the money to a charity. The committee gave $20,000 last week to the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing for families on the grounds of military and Veterans’ Administration hospitals. My research indicates that this person could initiate suit against them for disbursing his funds not in accordance with campaign finance laws concerning “excess or improper contributions”, since they were not used as intended; i.e, campaign support.

    Here’s a link to NYC Campaign Finance Law.

    http://www.nyccfb.info/program_law/cflaw/rules/chapter1.htm#04_c1

    Of course I forgot an important nuance, concerning republicans, “the law”, as “we the people” know it, does not pertain to them…!