Posted: 1:33 pm Monday, July 28th, 2014

Leaked doc: Michelle Nunn non-profit validated grants to charity with Hamas-tied affiliate 

By Daniel Malloy

The National Review got hold of a 144-page internal document drafted for the Michelle Nunn campaign in December. It includes plenty of juicy revelations on campaign strategy, including a potentially serious issue with a Points of Light connection to a charity that has ties to Hamas, which is now at war with Israel.

The revelation came from an internal examination of the nascent campaign’s potential weaknesses and how Republicans could attack them.

Points of Light, through a service called MissionFish, helped validate thousands of charities for EBay users who wanted to auction items and donate the proceeds to a specific charity. One of those groups was Islamic Relief USA, which got $33,000 from individual donors through the Points of Light-validated system. Islamic Relief USA provides funds for emergency relief and other programs overseas. It has worked with the American Red Cross.

Islamic Relief USA states on its website that it “is an independent affiliate of Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Islamic Relief family of charities. We are completely separate legal entities that work together under the Islamic Relief Worldwide umbrella to provide aid.” It also says it shares a “common mission, vision and family identity” with the other “Islamic Relief” groups.

The worldwide group is where the politically explosive Hamas connection comes.

Here’s NRO’s Eliana Johnson:

Islamic Relief Worldwide has ties to Hamas, which the U.S. designates as a terrorist organization. In June, Israel banned the charity from operating in the country because, according to Israeli officials, it was funneling cash to Hamas. In 2006, Israelis arrested Islamic Relief Worldwide’s Gaza coordinator, Ayaz Ali. They said he was working to “transfer funds and assistance to various Hamas institutions and organizations.” Ali admitted to cooperating with local Hamas operatives while working in Jordan and, on his computer, Israeli officials found photographs of “swastikas superimposed on IDF symbols,” and of Nazi officials, Osama bin Laden, and al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Islamic Relief USA highlighted the work of Islamic Relief Worldwide in Palestine in its 2012 annual report, in which it talks generally about the work of Islamic Relief charities in the region without drawing a distinction between the branches. The organization has raised eyebrows before. According to a 2012 report, its bank account was closed by UBS and it was “under constant scrutiny by other banks due to nervousness about counterterrorist regulations.”

The group’s terror ties extend beyond Hamas, according to a former Israeli intelligence official. He says that Islamic Relief Worldwide’s country director in Palestine, Muneed Abugazaleh, met in April 2012 with Dr. Omar Shalah, a leader of the terror group Islamic Jihad and of the Riyad al-Saleheen Charitable Society, which is affiliated with the group. He is also the brother of Ramadan Shalah, the leader of Islamic Jihad.

The Nunn campaign notes that Points of Light did not actually give the money — even though it was listed for bookkeeping purposes on the non-profit’s IRS forms — but rather validated Islamic Relief USA as a legitimate charity for others to give to. And the campaign emphasized that the USA and Worldwide groups are legally separate.

Islamic Relief Worldwide “categorically denies any links with Hamas.”  Islamic Relief USA said the only project it worked on with the worldwide affiliate in 2012 was in the West Bank and it works with the U.N. in Gaza. According to a spokeswoman:

“In all of our grant agreement language, it incorporates US Treasury Department language on US sanctions, and requires partners to abide by all applicable US regulations and laws. We have carefully checked procedures to make sure that they are in keeping with industry standards on vetting and risk management. IRUSA has an excellent working relationship with the US government and follows all applicable US laws and regulations.”

Nunn campaign manager Jeff DiSantis had this to say about the document as a whole:

“This was a draft of a document that was written eight months ago. Like all good plans, they change. But what hasn’t changed and is all the more clear today is that Michelle’s opponents are going to mischaracterize her work and her positions, and part of what we’ve always done is to prepare for the false things that are going to be said.

“Michelle has always sought to run a campaign that brings people together and gets Washington focused on the real challenges the country faces.  And that’s the kind of Senator she’ll be.”

543 comments
joinamerica
joinamerica

I guess the AJC wanted to get this out now, so that as the election gets closer, the Nunn camp can claim it's old news, and that all the questions about the Hamas issue have been answered.

In the released document, the Nunn strategist remarked that they would have "fair warning" about negative news stories so that they could effectively kill or muddy them. Wonder which news organization they were counting on to give them this valuable behind the scenes help. No wonder so many Americans no longer trust the media. In addition to suppressing or controlling the timing of negative stories, any writer can "frame" them to slant one way or the other, and we all know exactly which way the stories in the Journal will slant.

emilych
emilych

What offends me most, is that Michelle Nunn hasn't decided what she thinks about much of anything. i.e. she is just another political hack who will pay for polls, using out of state money, and then position her "opinions" based on what will most advantage her in the election. One thing is certain. No matter what she says in the next 3 months, if Michelle Nunn is elected, she will join the other Democratic politicians down at our southern border, welcoming the tidal wave of illegal aliens that continue to flood into the United States.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Michelle " I don't have Nunn" experience that is, would just be a seat warmer for Harry Reid, she would get her marching orders from Reid and Obama, she has no original thoughts.

SockPuppet3
SockPuppet3

No wonder Sam Nunn has not endorsed her

SockPuppet3
SockPuppet3

Mary Martin, n/k/a Michelle Nunn = Jane Fonda, they both love the enemy and hate America. This is the death knell for Michelle, it confirms everything everyone said about her hiding her being a leftist and Obama lover

Carlyle10
Carlyle10

Nunn is Done,you can put lipstick on a pig,well you know the rest.....She is typical leftist lib running from her real identity to secure votes.A vote for her is a vote for Harry Dumba** Reid.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Uh oh...


The GOP is in league with the Taliban and al-Qaida and the cartels in South America!.


They invest in companies that have investors tied to those groups...so the GOP clearly funds terrorism.  


Conspiracy theories are fun!

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

The reality is that the Dems can have the best of both worlds.  They will get massive amounts of cash from the US Jewish community, and turn around and pander to the Arab community for votes, by trashing Israel. 


And the Reps enable this by supporting Israel.  How frickin stupid.  When will the Reps wake up, and pull support for Israel, until the Jewish community stops funding their enemy?  Whoever is in charge of their strategy needs a wake up call.


But make no mistake, they eventually will.  And then all you Jewish folks, who love Israel and turn around donate to the party that hates Israel, get to watch Israel crash and burn - and you'll be the major reason why.

Remarkable3
Remarkable3

Wikipedia had an inteersting take on Nunn:  Nunn has declined to say whether she would support Harry Reid remaining as Senate Majority Leader, or whether she thinks President Obama is doing a good job. Politico wrote "while she's critical of the president's failure to control the deficit, she offered few clues on how she'd tackle the vexing issue." Rothenberg added that Nunn is among several candidates running in challenging states "trying to hide as much as possible and as long as possible so that they can avoid – or at least delay – answering tough questions about issues and, in the [case of Nunn], about the president."

fleur-de-loser
fleur-de-loser

So... a charity org, who received funds through a validation system used by (republican) Bush's foundation (where Nunn worked), is an independent affiliate of a worldwide relief org that MIGHT have ties to Hamas who is at war with a U.S. ally? And somehow Michelle Nunn is responsible for that? This is the juicy tidbit that have conservatives up in arms? LOL!! Sounds like desperation to find any dirt possible to sully Nunn because Perdue is clearly not a strong candidate. This is such a stretch that Stretch Armstrong would have trouble making a real connection with this and any rational person can see the non-story here.

Let's talk about all of the politicians in GA and in the U.S. that are puppets of and directly influenced by the homegrown threats to U.S. society like ALEC and The Heritage Foundation. There is no stretch to see the connections there and the damage being caused is to Americans, not foreigners thousands of miles away from our borders!! Let's discuss THAT!!

ChipShirley
ChipShirley

Y'all just wait till all my nekkid pictures of Purdue come out! Oh maaan, I got him taking a leak and wearing a thong....oh baaaby...it's gonna get sticky icky round cheer!

likeitis
likeitis

We don't want none of Nunn.......nuff said

metitotktodd
metitotktodd

Another hatchet job by the AJC against the Democrats.  Who da thunk it?  The AJC clearly has an agenda to promote the idot Republican policies of the 1% and the NRA that are driving this state and the country into the ground.

mellieb52
mellieb52

Well well now. Isn't this interesting! Nunn in cahoots with the Hamas. Sound familiar? She is as dirty as her daddy was. Never held a real job, does not know how the real people live. Democrat at it's best.

User Name Taken
User Name Taken

Yet she's still more trustworthy than Kingston.  Weird.

BigBillBounceback
BigBillBounceback

She's a communist who supports terrorists, it's not like the Left didn't know, it's exactly what they want.

Blasingame
Blasingame

The fact she hides behind her father's name or the fact that none of her advertisements says anything about "Democrat" on them or the fact that her organization validated  terrorist fund raiser have nothing to do with anything.  The biggest fact is that she, if elected, will contribute to, vote for and support the most fascist cartel in existence, The Obama/Holder/Pelosi/Reid/Schumer/Boxer/Stark, etc ad nauseum Group.  That is far more than a sufficient reason to never consider her for office.

Pizza
Pizza

Not my candidate.  I voted for Dr. Rad.

Acworthdon
Acworthdon

As I understand it we may never actually see Michelle Martin say anything because her managers will always say what needs to be said in a lengthy politically correct  news release. The statement that "Michelle has always sought to run a  campaign  that brings people together....." and on and on with political speak from a manager is proof of this. When will we see Sam come to her defense with another politically correct statement?  And why does the news speakers continue to call her... Nunn?   Wow, protection and mis-direction from the liberal media. How will her name be on the ballot?  How about.... "Michell Nunn daughter of former great senator who served Georgia for years and who has been anonted by several former conservatives."

peewilly
peewilly

@ChipShirley

The illegal immigration issue was a different situation when Reagan was in office.than it is now.

We did know the affect it would have on our economy,crime,cartels,burden on social services, etc.etc..

People were much more sympathetic to their cause then.       Not so much anymore.

peewilly
peewilly

A vote for Nunn is a a vote for terrorist causes.

Same goes for Carter.


@ChipShirley ..looks like they got your goat pretty good.

LostGoat
LostGoat

pelosi and reid need to make some calls and get $10 million in new money to michelle's campaign, asap!  Also, get some slick PR people and handlers from DC to cover all this stuff up with a barrage of ads criticizing "rich people," republicans and George Bush!

PeteScott
PeteScott

@ChipShirley 

LOL...........the ONLY thing the GOP will ever trail the lunatic Dem. Party in the common sense God fearing state of Georgia of the USA is in WELFARE  ENROLLMENT.


Period.

CJKatl
CJKatl

@dcdcdc When did Romney's biggest contributor convert? Last I checked, Sheldon Adelson was still Jewish. Jews have been successful and financial supporters of both parties, in large part to ensure support of Israel. 

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@dcdcdc 


No. I think it is funny how you people try to tell us Jews what to think and believe. Especially about Israel.


The Democratic Party is pro-Israel, but it is also pro-Peace...something the GOP has yet to favor.


Israel is doing just fine.  The biggest threat to its existence are the draconian cuts to foreign aid US conservatives keep proposing.  

HCCynic
HCCynic

I think we all know that Nunn will kneel down before the messiah and his henchmen and put a smile on their faces (by voting the way she is told to); she is just another kool-aid drinking puppet

HCCynic
HCCynic

I am not sure which nekkid photos would be worse...Purdue or Nunn...

How about we take a pass on both?

VidPS
VidPS

@likeitis "We don't (negative) want none (negative) of Nunn." There's a double negation in there, so this must be an endorsement!

PeteScott
PeteScott

@metitotktodd 

LOL....in spades !!

The GOP driving this country into the ground ??  LOL

This kind of lunatic statement doesn't deserve a response.

What planet do you actually live on ??

mellieb52
mellieb52

@User Name Taken 

That is why Perdue won the nod for GOP & not Kingston. I'd rather have someone in office that actually held a job, paid taxes than someone who is in with a terrorists group. She is as much a Communists than Obama. See how well he has worked out for this country.

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

@CJKatl @dcdcdc Well shoot, one Jewish donor...guess you got me.  Guess what, one black person donated to the R party too....guess that means the vast majority of them didn't vote for the big O.  Oh?? 


And baumer, nice try at a strawman.  I of course wasn't at all telling Jewish folks how to think, in spite of your try at a manufactured strawman.  But when the Reps wake up and quit worrying about Israel's existence, I hope you enjoy watching them get destroyed.  And I for one will enjoy watching as those who supported the D party (you know, the one you say "is pro-Israel, but it is also pro-Peace") find out how well that party "comes to Israel's defense"....about as well as Bull Conner (you know....the Democrat from Alabama) came to the defense of African Americans in Birmingham.

LMO
LMO

@HCCynic You mean like the Party of "Cut Taxes and saying NO" which GOP member doesn't follow lock in step with the company line??  lol... they are ALL corrupt.. the Crips and the bloods...er I mean the GOP and the DEMS....but don't accuse one of doing something that the other has mastered.

ChuckinAlpharetta
ChuckinAlpharetta

@PeteScott @metitotktodd 

The one where generations of campaigning on tax cuts have us in a position where our roads, schools and infrastructure are crumbling around our ears - and the GOP has half the country convinced it's a good thing.

GA Peach
GA Peach

@mellieb52 @User Name Taken Perdue is such a winner.  A man of the people who lives in a gated community in a house that alsohas a gate.  Maybe that's why he didn't blink when he walked away from Pillotex with millions in his pocket after he ran it into the ground and gave thousands of workers pink slips.  Wouldn't it be great if he could take that business acumen and his experience with "real people" to DC?

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@dcdcdc


That isn't the proper use of the term 'strawman.'


And you should probably loosen up that tin-foil hat.

LMO
LMO

@ChuckinAlpharetta Well GOP wants to take the country BACK.. you know, back a time when there were no regulations.  A time where you killed what you ate, and shot anyone that stared at you wrong.  A time when minorities knew their place and were seen but not heard..and a time before Roads and Bridges and that Tool of the Devil..the interweb.  So yes let the UnChristian infastructure crumble!!