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Coalition Of US Muslim Brotherhood Organizations Conducts Pre-Election Muslim Policy Poll

October 15th, 2020 12:23

A coali­tion of Amer­i­can Mus­lim advo­ca­cy orga­ni­za­tions that includes groups tied to the US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood has under­tak­en a pre-elec­tion “Mus­lims In Amer­i­ca Pol­i­cy Poll” sur­vey­ing 1,500 peo­ple in 45 states. Accord­ing to a report detail­ing its findings:

The Mus­lims in Amer­i­ca Pol­i­cy Poll sur­veyed Mus­lims in Amer­i­ca around the issues and poli­cies most urgent to them in order for nation­al Mus­lim civic engage­ment orga­ni­za­tions to get a snap­shot of issues impact­ing our com­mu­ni­ties and inform can­di­dates in fed­er­al, state and local elec­tions about the community’s pol­i­cy priorities. (…)

In key bat­tle­ground states head­ing into the elec­tion — the issues of Civ­il Rights, Health­care, Immi­gra­tion and Edu­ca­tion prove to be the biggest issue area of con­cern for Mus­lims. These states have sig­nif­i­cant Mus­lim vot­ing pop­u­la­tions and there­fore have sig­nif­i­cant polit­i­cal pow­er to yield. Although Mus­lim vot­er turnout is low rel­a­tive to oth­er faith groups, we see a steady increase in Mus­lim vot­er reg­is­tra­tions and turnout.

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In the online poll, par­tic­i­pants were asked to pri­or­i­tize pre-select­ed pol­i­cy issues and list which spe­cif­ic changes they would like to see addressed most. These points were then used to build a con­stituen­cy base towards civic action. Accord­ing to the organizers:

This is meant to serve as a resource for engag­ing with can­di­dates, elect­ed offi­cials, advo­cat­ing or chal­leng­ing poli­cies that serve the best inter­ests of the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty in America.

The pre-elec­tion query, run­ning from Jan­u­ary-June 2020, was dis­trib­uted through a part­ner­ship of Mus­lim advo­ca­cy bod­ies that includes the fol­low­ing tied to the US Mus­lim Brotherhood:

  • Emgage USA, led by Demo­c­ra­t­ic Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Joe Biden‘s Mus­lim Engage­ment Advi­sor, Farooq Mitha
  • JETPAC, a Mus­lim polit­i­cal action com­mit­tee led by CAIR-Mass­a­chu­setts board mem­ber Nadeem Mazen

CAIR, JETPAC, and Emgage are list­ed as part­ners of the Mus­lim vot­er reg­is­tra­tion cam­paign MyMus­limVote (MMV), which sub­se­quent­ly pub­lished the query’s find­ings on its web­site. They were also dis­cussed in a live-streamed vir­tu­al con­fer­ence host­ed by CAIR on 25 August 2020 that fea­tured high-lev­el rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the MMV part­ners, including:

  • Robert McCaw, CAIR Direc­tor of Gov­ern­ment Affairs
  • Aysha Ahmed, Emgage Action Deputy Orga­niz­ing Director
  • Adam Bed­dawi, Mus­lim Pub­lic Affairs Coun­cil Pol­i­cy Analyst

While the MMV claims to be non-par­ti­san, its lead­ers have in the past indi­cat­ed that they are strong­ly opposed to Don­ald Trump, and CAIR’s Direc­tor of Gov­ern­ment Affairs McCaw has recent­ly stat­ed that the full par­tic­i­pa­tion of Mus­lim vot­ers in the elec­tion had the abil­i­ty to tip the vote in a num­ber of key states. The GIOR in ear­ly Octo­ber 2020 has report­ed that MMV already launched a vot­er reg­is­tra­tion dri­ve aimed at get­ting vot­ers reg­is­tered for the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in November.

The Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Dai­ly Watch (GMBDW) report­ed sev­er­al weeks ago that Emgage has spon­sored a Demo­c­ra­t­ic vir­tu­al con­fer­ence that fea­tured Farooq Mitha and Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Joe Biden as well as impor­tant US MB lead­ers. Oth­er GMBDW report­ing on the rela­tion­ship of the Oba­ma-Biden Admin­is­tra­tion to indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions linked to the US and Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood has included:

  • In 2010, the GMBDW report­ed on the fam­i­ly ties of Hillary Clin­ton Chief of Staff Huma Abe­din to the Glob­al Mus­lim Brotherhood.
  • In 2010 the GMBDW report­ed on the rela­tion­ship with the US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood of Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s new­ly appoint­ed Spe­cial Envoy to the Orga­ni­za­tion of Islam­ic Conference.
  • In 2009, the GMBDW report­ed on the fam­i­ly ties of an Oba­ma Faith Advi­sor to the Egypt­ian Mus­lim Brotherhood.
  • In 2009, the GMBDW report­ed that sev­er­al Egypt­ian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood mem­bers had been invit­ed to attend Pres­i­dent Obama’s speech to the Mus­lim world in Cairo.
  • In August 2008, the GMBDW report­ed that the Oba­ma cam­paign Mus­lim-out­reach coor­di­na­tor was part of mul­ti­ple orga­ni­za­tions tied to the US Mus­lim Brotherhood.