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:
- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- 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.