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Turkish-American Influence Group Leader Visits Erdoğan-Allied Politician

January 18th, 2022 15:07

The Vice Chair­man of a Turk­ish-Amer­i­can influ­ence group vis­it­ed a politi­cian allied to Pres­i­dent Erdoğan’s par­ty. Accord­ing to Mevlüt Karakaya’s tweet:

Decem­ber 22nd, 2021: I would like to express my grat­i­tude for the vis­it of Gökhan Doğan, Vice Chair­man of the Turk­ish-Amer­i­can Nation­al Steer­ing Com­mit­tee (TASC), and I would like to take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to send my greet­ings and love to TASC mem­bers. [Google trans­lat­ed with edits]

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Mevlüt Karakaya is a deputy chair­man and MP of the Nation­al­ist Action Par­ty (MHP), the gov­ern­ment coali­tion part­ner of Pres­i­dent Erdoğan’s AKP party.

Turk­ish-Amer­i­can Nation­al Steer­ing Com­mit­tee (TASC) Vice Chair­man Gökhan Doğan is also the pres­i­dent of Young MÜSİAD USA. MÜSİAD, in turn, is a Turk­ish businessman’s group found­ed in 1990 which aims to cre­ate a syn­the­sis of busi­ness and con­ser­v­a­tive Islam­ic val­ues. It pro­fess­es not to be a polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion yet has finan­cial­ly sup­port­ed the Turk­ish AKP par­ty, been sup­port­ed by Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Erdoğan, and MÜSİAD lead­ers have left their posi­tions to become AKP politicians.

The Turk­ish Amer­i­can Nation­al Steer­ing Com­mit­tee (TASC) is strong­ly tied to Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Erdoğan:

  • TASC co-chair Gunay Evinch is a prin­ci­pal of Saltz­man & Evinch, a law firm retained by Turkey and reg­is­tered as a for­eign agent of Turkey in 2020.
  • TASC co-chair Halil Mut­lu is Erdoğan’s cousin.
  • TASC’s for­mer trea­sur­er, Murat Guzel, detailed his US polit­i­cal activ­i­ties in e‑mails to Erdoğan fam­i­ly mem­bers. Guzel is also MÜSİAD USA’s cur­rent pres­i­dent.