September 30, 2008
Complaint about Policitical Activity - and It's Not about a Church
The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that the Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission, arguing that a DVD produced by the Clarion Fund constituted prohibited political activity. The Clarion Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, produced a DVD titled "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West" and distributed millions of copies of the DVD. CAIR thinks the DVD is intended to support John McCain's campaign, but the Chronicle article doesn't provide enough information about the DVD to give a reader a sense of the content of the DVD. The Clarion website contains information about the DVD, including a trailer. So far the Elections Commission has not contacted Clarion.
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I wondered the same thing when I heard of the group, although a review of descriptions, trailers, the web site, etal, suggest that it didn't cross the line into political activity. Suspicion seems warranted, though: the Fund fleetingly had an endorsement of McCain on its site, it is funded by one large donor and it hasn't released any 990s / financials (the latter are required to be open to public inspection in NY, where their office is. The threshold is 25k, IIRC, which I'd expect they meet given the millions they must've spent distributing the film. Maybe they are ).
Posted by: jpe | Oct 1, 2008 6:03:53 AM