Our contributor Patrick Poole has taken a close look at CAIR's recently-published annual report and sees signs of an organization in steep decline. An excerpt from hsi article today on Frontpagemag.com:
But their new 2006 Annual Report and their recently posted 2005 IRS Form 990 shows that CAIR continues to hemorrhage members. Whereas my estimates for 2004 showed that based on their membership receipts in that period they had approximately 4,761 dues-paying members, in 2005 their membership plummeted dramatically to an estimated 2,615. This puts CAIR on the same comparative membership level as the American Indian Kaw Nation in Kansas, the Cleveland Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, the Society for News Design, the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band , and the South Dakota chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), none of whom are consulted near as frequently by Beltway politicians or sought after for comment by the media establishment as CAIR.
The steep decline in CAIR membership is directly correlated in membership receipts (line 3 of the Form 990), which dropped off from $119,029 in 2004 to $65,377 - a decrease of $53,652, or almost half (45 percent) of the previous year's membership revenues. If this trend continues at the same pace, their 2006 Form 990 numbers will show $29,419 in membership revenues, representing only 1,177 members, roughly comparable to the membership of the Genealogical Society of Rockingham County, Virginia and the Garden Club of Tacoma, Washington - neither of which has a Washington DC lobbying office.
CAIR continues to enjoy a huge media footprint, and its claims to represent the American Muslim community encounter little skepticism. I do have to wonder where the resources come for the litigation which the organization threatens so frequently. To my eyes, CAIR is a rather mysterious group, needing considerably more scrutiny.