If anyone knows about Grover Norquist’s disturbingly strong and longstanding ties to Muslim Brotherhood groups in the U.S., it’s Karl Rove. The former Bush adviser allowed Norquist to vet Muslim group leaders for the White House to engage in a post-9/11 world. That’s what makes a revelation reported by Matthew Boyle at Breitbart extremely shocking.
Tax documents from Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS show that Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) is largely funded by Rove, ProPublica’s Kim Barker reports.
“Social welfare nonprofits, also known as dark money groups because they don’t have to report their donors, are allowed to spend money on politics as long as their primary purpose is social welfare,” Barker wrote on Monday. “The groups often count so-called issue ads that stop short of advocating for or against a candidate and grants toward that social welfare mission. Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision allowed corporations and unions to spend directly on election ads, these nonprofits have turned into the vehicle of choice for anonymous spending, dumping more than $254 million into the 2012 elections. Of the 150 or so social welfare nonprofits that reported spending to the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 election cycle, Crossroads was king, the biggest anonymous spender by far. Americans for Tax Reform came in fourth, with $15.8 million.”
On its 2012 tax return, Barker reported, the biggest grant Rove’s Crossroads GPS gave to anybody was a $26.4 million grant it gave to Norquist’s ATR for “social welfare.”
The article by Boyle goes on to explore the ethical and legal questions related to these transactions. For the purposes of our post here, we’d like to focus more on the decision by Rove to enrich Norquist’s organization even assuming there are no such concerns.
The decision by the Bush administration to engage group’s like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and other Muslim Brotherhood front groups fell in large part to Rove. He didn’t make that decision on his own. Norquist obviously influenced him. Here we are, more than a decade after the 9/11 attacks and instead of ostracizing Norquist for misleading him, Rove is sending him millions of dollars.
Again, we take you to a November 12, 2001 article written by Franklin Foer at the New Republic. Take note of the opening two paragraphs:
ON THE AFTERNOON of September 26, George W. Bush gathered 15 prominent Muslim- and Arab-Americans at the White House. With cameras rolling, the president proclaimed that “the teachings of Islam are teachings of peace and good.” It was a critically important moment, a statement to the world that America’s Muslim leaders unambiguously reject the terror committed in Islam’s name.
Unfortunately, many of the leaders present hadn’t unambiguously rejected it. To the president’s left sat Dr. Yahya Basha, president of the American Muslim Council, an organization whose leaders have repeatedly called Hamas “freedom fighters.” Also in attendance was Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, who on the afternoon of September 11 told a Los Angeles public radio audience that “we should put the State of Israel on the suspect list.” And sitting right next to President Bush was Muzammil Siddiqi, president of the Islamic Society of North America, who last fall told a Washington crowd chanting pro-Hezbollah slogans, “America has to learn if you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come.” Days later, after a conservative activist confronted Karl Rove with dossiers about some of Bush’s new friends, Rove replied, according to the activist, “I wish I had known before the event took place.”
Why is Rove paying millions of dollars to an organization headed by a man who duped him?
Assuming Rove was duped, he wouldn’t.
That leaves very few options.
It’s time he come clean.