Last year, the Clarion Project launched a petition to boycott Best Buy in response to the company's donations to a fundraiser for the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The company defended its actions in the name of "interfaith" relations, even after nearly 13,000 people signed the petition. The same annual fundraiser was recently held—and Best Buy's name is missing from the list of sponsors. However, other sponsors remain and readers are encouraged to contact them.
The story begins last April when Islamist-Watch.org broke the story that Best Buy was a "Platinum Sponsor" of CAIR-MN's annual fundraiser. Best Buy later said it donated $1,450 over two years to the event.
CAIR was designated by the federal government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for financing the Hamas terrorist group. The government listed CAIR as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee, a secret body set up to politically support Hamas.