If the Democrats are proud of their close association with CAIR (an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land charity trial a few years ago) and other Muslim groups, why keep a fundraiser featuring a who's who of Islamists in America secret?
Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi headlined a high-dollar fundraiser in May that was attended by U.S.-based Islamist groups and individuals linked by the U.S. government to the Hamas jihad group and to the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood movement.
The donors at the undisclosed May 16 event included Nihad Awad, the co-founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations, according to data provided by the nonpartisan Investigative Project on Terrorism.
The CAIR group was named an unindicted conspirator in a 2007 trial of a Hamas money-smuggling group
A covertly-taken photograph provided by the IPT shows Pelosi standing near Awad at the fundraiser. Roughly 30 people attended the fundraiser, according to the IPT.
The cheapest tickets cost $5,000, and the most expensive were $30,800 per couple, according to the event invite from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which used the cash to fund Democratic candidates. (View the invite here)
The hosts of the event were DCCC chairman Rep. Steve Israel and two Muslim representatives, Rep. Keith Ellison and Rep. Andre Carson.
Ellison is the DCCC's "national community outreach chair" and the co-chair of the House progressive caucus.
On Oct. 29, The Daily Caller asked Ellison's press aide if the congressman would decline donations from Islamist groups. The aide replied that Ellison was not available to comment.
The Islamist fundraiser illustrates the increasing ties between American progressives and the various Islamist groups.
That burgeoning alliance was boosted by President Barack Obama's 2009 speech in Cairo to Muslims, including Egyptians. Prior to the speech, he insisted that Egypt's secular government allow Muslim Brotherhood members to attend the speech. In 2011 and 2012, he pressured the Egyptian military to let the movement take power after it won elections.
The ties were also highlighted at the Democrats' Charlotte convention, when party leaders presented and passed a 2012 party platform that excluded several Israel-related sections, including a declaration that "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel."
I suppose getting money from people who have literally sworn to kill us might seem a little strange, but Pelosi and the Dems probably figure that they will have their heads cut off last for being such good friends with radical extremists.