If the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stuck to its stated mission statement and only did civil rights work protecting Muslim Americans from discrimination and bigotry, you likely would never see it mentioned on this site.
Despite these facts, too many people remain ignorant to CAIR's full slate of activities. CAIR takes advantage of this situation by using the visibility and influence its civil rights work provides to pursue its foreign policy aims.
That was made abundantly clear at CAIR's recent national banquet and fundraiser outside Washington, D.C. The Oct. 19 event drew letters of support and congratulations from 101 elected officials and candidates, nearly all Democrats. That group includes 17 U.S. senators, including likely presidential candidates Cory Booker of New Jersey and California's Kamala Harris. Other prominent Democratic senators signing salutation letters to CAIR include Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar, Florida's Bill Nelson, 2016 vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine from Virginia and New Jersey's Robert Menendez.