Islamist Money in Politics

Donor-Affiliated Organization: World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY)

The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) is the world's largest Islamic youth organization. Founded in 1972 in Saudi Arabia, by Muslim Brotherhood member Kamal Helwaby, it has satellite organizations in over 50 countries. The U.S. branch was founded in 1992 in Falls Church, VA, by Abdullah bin Laden, nephew of Osama bin Laden. It was closed in 2004 after being raided by Federal agents.

The Islamist Money in Politics project (IMIP) maintains a list of the most prominent American Islamists, and tracks their campaign donations to American politicians. The underlying donation data comes from the Federal Election Commission as well as the campaign-finance databases of the separate states, and is painstakingly checked for accuracy. The data helps Islamist Watch hold politicians accountable for accepting the support of Islamists, and allows us to monitor the activity of Islamist groups as they try to influence the American political system. IMIP data has formed the backbone of dozens of high-impact articles and opinion pieces, by Islamist Watch authors as well as external reporters and columnists.

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Special Report: Top-Ten Recipients of Islamist Money in 2015-2016