Political Influence Operation
Date: July 20, 2010
Just four days after asking a Florida tea party group to drop ACT! for American founder Brigitte Gabriel as their keynote speaker for an August event, CAIR launched an aggressive press release against GOP Senate Candidate Marco Rubio, who was invited to the event but had not yet confirmed.
“We ask Mr. Rubio not to lend legitimacy to this hate rally and to demonstrate through his actions that the Republican Party will not seek to benefit from the rising level of Islamophobia in our society,” said CAIR-Tampa Communications Director Ramzy Kiliç. “Since the rally organizers obviously believe a hate-monger is an appropriate keynote speaker, we ask all the elected officials and candidates listed on the event flyer to cancel their appearances.”
On July 22 the Center for Security Policy sent a letter to Marco Rubio concerning CAIR’s unregistered foreign agent status and identifying CAIR’s urging of Mr. Rubio cancel his participation in the tea party event as a foreign influence operation. A copy of the letter was also sent to Bureau Chief Heather Hunt of the Foreign Agents Registration Unit at the Department of Justice.
As a response, Guy Rodgers, Executive Director of ACT! for America, also sent a letter to to Bureau Chief Heather Hunt of the Foreign Agents Registration Unit at the Department of Justice.