New ‘CAIR Observatory’ connects the dots on CAIR’s foreign funding and lobbying

March 18, 2010 22:58

The Center for Security Policy announces the launch of the website CAIR Observatory at

The website presents comprehensive open-source evidence and analysis alleging that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has acted as a foreign agent on behalf of Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.  The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) requires any agent of a foreign principal – including agents of foreign states, political parties, corporations, non-governmental organizations and even individuals – to register with the U.S. Department of Justice as a foreign agent. The centerpiece of the website is the report “CAIR and the Foreign Agents Registration Act,” which details the foreign funding, foreign direction and domestic political influence operations of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in the United States.
The report documents these CAIR activities as a foreign agent:

  • CAIR received at least $2,192,203 in Contributions, Income and Money from foreign principals in the form of 10 distinct transactionsReceived a $2,106,251 mortgage loan from a foreign principal for their Washington, D.C. headquarters
  • CAIR secured the promise of at least $54,500,000 in pledges from foreign principals
  • CAIR met and coordinated with foreign principals on at least 30 occasions
  • CAIR engaged in at least 50 political influence operations on behalf of foreign principals in the United States

The Center has additional evidence that cannot be made public at this time documenting an additional $2.4 million in foreign donations and loans given to CAIR since 2000.
The goal of the “CAIR Observatory” ( is to build a model for researching and compiling evidence of illegal behavior by Muslim Brotherhood front organizations, with a focus on organizations operating in the United States as unregistered foreign agents for the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and its member states.

The website’s name – “CAIR Observatory” – is a direct counter to the so-called “Islamophobia Observatory” maintained by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).  The Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based OIC has been a contributor to CAIR, and the two have a history of coordinated meetings, methodologies and goals.  The website will be updated regularly with new evidence on CAIR’s ongoing activities as a currently unregistered foreign agent.

For more information, contact:
Dave Reaboi – Director of Communications
Center for Security Policy
(202) 835-9077 or

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