Ken Vogel of Politico is hot on my trail to track the funding of AFDI (American Freedom Defense Initiative) and SIOA (Stop the Islamization of America), the fledgling organization I founded operating on a shoe string (and a wing and a prayer), orchestrating various campaigns with my colleague Robert Spencer (bus ads, rallies). Vogel is tracking that dough! There is no there there, but what Vogel doesn't understand is that what we lack in the bank, we more than make up for in sheer will and passion for liberty, and no amount of jihad petrol money can defeat that.
The latest in the $125 million dollar rub-our-faces-in-it Ground Zero mosque money story — where racketeering, laundering, terror financing, rap sheets, and foreign money abound — seems to have barely piqued in the interest of the hard hitting journolists over at Politico:
Sharif el-Gamal was a waiter a few years ago, who has turned into a real estate
powerhouse. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with making it big in
America, as long as el-Gamal is playing by the rules. But is he? Charles Leaf found out that el-Gamal’s SOHO Properties real estate
business, which owns the site on which the Ground Zero mosque is to be
built, has been receiving financial support from an Egyptian-born owner
of several medical companies named Hisham Elzanaty. Elzanaty, Mr. Leaf
reports, is the guarantor on a $39 million loan that el-Gamal’s company
One of Mr. Elzanty’s companies was audited
by New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General who found
that the company was overpaid $331,336 for Medicaid services.
Hisham Elzanaty was also in the center of a racketeering and fraud suit brought against him and others by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance
Company in 2007. The complaint charged, among other things, that Mr.
Elzanaty arranged for a doctor to set up a “facade” of
fraudulently incorporated professional service companies under her name, which Elzanatry actually controlled, to receive payments from State Farm that they were not eligible to receive.
The complaint described Elzanatry’s alleged scheme as a:
common “shell game” used by participants in doc-in-the-box arrangements – to create entities with new names and new tax identification numbers
(like Quality Medical) to continue submitting fraudulent charges to
insurers for the same medically unnecessary services provided by the
same individuals in the same locations, after insurers begin questioning
the claims of other entities with other tax identification numbers (like Accurate Medical and JP Medical) which are controlled by the same people (like Elzanaty)
This racketeering suit was apparently settled, although its terms are
undisclosed. But the suit reveals a disturbing pattern of alleged
conduct by Mr. Elzanatry that may well be at work in helping to fund the
developer behind the Ground Zero mosque.
We know that radical Islamist organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood operate through many front organizations. Could the funding
of the Ground Zero mosque be all part of an elaborate mosque-in-the box
shell game to cover up something far more sinister? Maybe not. But we
won’t know until the Ground Zero mosque developer Sharif el-Gamal and
his financial backer Hisham Elzanaty begin to come clean about where their money is really coming from. (more at News Real blog)
Not to worry folks, Vogel of Pelosi's Politico is on the money trail. No, not that money trail. Vogel is all over my $18 and $25 and $50 donations (yes, every once in while I get three figures and a couple of times, four!).
Vogel hounded me for a phone call but even that is a time luxury I cannot afford. But Atlas readers will get a kick out of this exchange:
Subject: got a quick minute? Date: 8/27/2010 2:42:53 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: email@example.com
And, if so, at what number can I call you?
Kenneth P. Vogel
Subject: Re: got a quick minute? Date: 8/27/2010 2:43:39 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: Writeatlas@aol.com
Email me —
Subject: POLITICO questions Date: 8/27/2010 4:57:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have reached out to both of you separately, but since my
specific questions for you (pasted into the text below) overlap, I figured I
would email you simultaneously and let you decide how to respond:
1 – Robert indicated in his blog post that you two raised
$10,000 for the New York bus ads. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority
tells us that the Coalition for the Preservation of Ground Zero paid $8,000 for
a 1-month run of the “Why here?” ads on 36 buses. Is that the extent of your ad
campaign right now? Are more ads planned?
2 – Unlike the Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop
Islamization of America, the Coalition for the Preservation of Ground Zero does
not appear to have a website or any means of accepting donations. How did it
raise the money for the bus ads?
3 – What is the relationship between the Coalition for the
Preservation of Ground Zero, the Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop
Islamization of America?
4 – How are each of the above groups registered (we could not
find a record of any with the New York Department of State’s corporations
division or the New York State Attorney General’s charities
">5 – Robert told the Washington Post that you two raised
$50,000 for bus ads – which groups raised that money?
6 – Did Jihad Watch – the stand-alone 501(c)3 (EIN #
20-0699967), rather than the project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center –
contribute or transfer money to the Coalition for the Preservation of Ground
Zero, the Freedom Defense Initiative and/or Stop Islamization of America for bus
ads or any other anti-mosque activities?
Thanks in advance for your help,
Subject: Re: POLITICO questions Date: 8/27/2010 9:10:46 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: Writeatlas@aol.com
Kenneth,1) If we raise more money, we will run more ads. Right now funds for buses
have been exhausted and we are raising money for costs associated with the mega
rally against the mega mosque2) The Preservation for Ground Zero an organization - it's a campaign –
SIOA is on the buses. It's an AFDI/SIOA initiative3) The American Freedom Defense Initiative is the organization. SIOA is
AFDI’s trademark (application pending). Coalition for the Preservation … is an
initiative of AFDI.
4) There is only one org: AFDI. It is not at this
time a tax deductible charity. People donate money without expecting a tax
deduction but to stand up for America’s constitution and
5) See 4.
6) There are non-profit organizations that have
provided grants for our initiatives. If they wish to make their grants public,
they will do so. If and when AFDI becomes a tax deductible charitable
organization, we’ll make all required public
disclosures.Yours in liberty,
Subject: RE: POLITICO questions Date: 8/28/2010 2:51:21 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: email@example.com
Thanks very much for this, Pam.[sic]
Just a few quick technical follow-ups, if I might:
1 – When was the American Freedom Defense Initiative created and who runs it?
2 – Is it registered/incorporated with any authority?
3 – If it's not a tax exempt organization, does it pay taxes on the contributions it receives and, if so, to whom?
Subject: Re: POLITICO questions Date: 8/28/2010 9:45:46 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: Writeatlas@aol.com
Yes, Ken, it will file tax returns and pay taxes on any taxable net
income.Looking forward to your reportage on Feisal and Gamal's finances, with the
same transparency, of course.Yours in liberty,Pamela
Subject: Re: POLITICO questions Date: 8/28/2010 10:33:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: firstname.lastname@example.org
How is it legally structured now (non-profit, partnership, LLC, etc.)?
Subject: Re: POLITICO questions Date: 8/28/2010 11:26:32 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time From: Writeatlas@aol.com
It's a corporation. If you have any further questions, please contact my
attorney, David Yerushalmi 202.379.4774 (D.C. office)
And that was that. Robert blogged about it here:
Politico rushes to do Nancy
Pelosi's bidding, investigating funding of Ground Zero mega-mosque
Cost of New York bus ads: $10,000
Cost of press release: $1,500
watching the lapdog media track the sources of these sums while ignoring the
questionable funding of a $100 million dollar mosque: Priceless
I just got a call from Kenneth P. Vogel of Politico, asking me a series of
questions about donations to our efforts against the Ground Zero mega-mosque,
and growing increasingly hostile and belligerent when I declined to answer.
Vogel even said to me at one point, "Look, you can make this hard, or you can
make this easy" — apparently he has been watching too many Law and
Well, Politico can be very proud of itself. Instead of looking into where the
pro-Sharia, anti-freedom of speech, refuses-to-denounce-Hamas Imam Feisal Abdul
Rauf and his thug developer Sharif El-Gamal are getting their $100 million
to build the mega-mosque, when they haven't ruled out funding from Iran and Saudi Arabia, they're
spending their time trying to trace the few thousands it will take Pamela Geller
and me to mount our rally against the mega-mosque on 9/11.
Bravo, Politico. Do your worst. I'll reveal the secret: all our funding comes
from the Vast Zionist Conspiracy. And when this all comes down, you'll be in the
running for a Walter Duranty Award. Don't know who he was, Vogel? Look him
Go Ken go! See Ken go! Shill Ken shill!