The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is using Islamist radicals to raise money throughout the country, according to a Clarion Project review of their fundraising banquets. CAIR calls itself "America's largest Islamic civil liberties group," but has been labeled a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity by the federal government and attacks the integrity of its moderate Muslim rivals.
The Cincinatti and Columbus, OH chapters of CAIR turned to Imam Siraj Wahhaj, a cleric with indisputable credentials as a radical Islamist, for their fundraisers. He has been recorded saying "America is the most wicked government on the face of the planet Earth" and "If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate."
In 1995, Wahhaj was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Commenting afterwards in a sermon, Wahhaj said, "I'm not frightened by no list, by no government! I thank Allah. I'm honored that they thought enough of me to put me on a list."