A coalition of American Muslim advocacy organizations tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood has published a report on American Muslims elected or re-elected to public office during 2020. According to the report titled “American Muslims Breaking Barriers”:
March 2021 It is our intention that this report serve as an inspiration for other Muslims and BIPOC people to run for public office in the United States. We also wish that it will increase media coverage of the rise of American-Muslims in our political system, and be a helpful resource for organizations and community organizers looking to support American-Muslims in politics. American-Muslims are running for office in higher numbers than ever before, and this trend is expected to continue with the many historic firsts we have seen across the country since 2017.
Read the rest here.
The analysis was authored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in partnership with JETPAC, a Muslim political action committee led by CAIR-Massachusetts board member Nadeem Mazen, and MPower Change, a civil rights NGO that has cooperated with important organizations in the US MB and whose head Linda Sarsour has family ties to Hamas. The report identified three Democratic state representatives and one appointee to the Biden administration tied to organizations part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist influence network covered by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR). They include:
- Ako Abdul-Samad, re-elected to the Iowa state legislature’s 35th district. Abdul-Samad has acted as chairman of the American Muslim Alliance, a Muslim advocacy organization tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood.
- Mauree Turner, a former board member of the CAIR-Oklahoma chapter who was elected to the Oklahoma state legislature.
- Farooq Mitha, Director of Small Business Programs at the Department of Defense. Mitha has served as a senior advisor on Muslim American engagement for the Biden campaign and is a board member and former Executive Director of Emgage Action, a Political Action Campaign associated with Emgage, an organization tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood.
- Michigan State legislator Abraham Aiyash, who served as president of the Michigan State University Muslim Student Association.
Recent GIOR reporting on CAIR and US elections has also included:
- An October 2020 report that CAIR and JETPAC were part of a coalition of Muslim and Arab groups tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood that launched a voter registration drive headed by individuals strongly opposed to Donald Trump.
- An October 2020 report that California Democratic Party officials working for CAIR had authored an election voting guide positively rating votes by Democrat lawmakers, including Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who earlier had sent letters of support to CAIR.
- A November 2020 report that CAIR has issued a statement congratulating Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on his victory, vowing to hold the forthcoming administration accountable on Muslim inclusion and civil rights issues.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood. It describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group” and as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group.” It was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the US Hamas infrastructure at that time.
For more on CAIR, go here.