Sunday, August 23, 2009

Profile of J Street PAC Contributor, Nancy Dutton

Nancy Dutton
  • Lawyer for Dutton & Dutton, representing the Saudi Embassy in Washington (pictured with Saudi diplomat)

  • Widow and law partner of Fred Dutton, registered foreign agent for Saudi Arabia for almost 30 years. "Filings with the Justice Department show that he earned millions of dollars from the Saudis over the years. [Obituary, 2005]"

  • Amounts given to J Street PAC, according to the FEC:
    $125 6/26/08
    $100 10/27/08

Profile of J Street PAC Contributor, Zahi Khouri

Zahi Khouri
  • Born in Jaffa, fled in 1948, raised in Lebanon

  • Palestinian-American businessman and entrepreneur

  • Resident of Florida and the West Bank

  • Author of NY Times Op-Ed slamming Israel and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, September 8, 2009

  • Director, Palestinian Development and Investment Company (PADICO)

  • Chairman, Palestinian National Beverage Company (Coca-Cola franchise)

  • CEO of Paltel, Palestinian telecommunications company and cellular service provider

  • Signed 2002 petition against Palestinian suicide bombings

  • "Khouri has been an outspoken critic of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.... He has published editorials in major U.S. newspapers condemning Israeli practices and calling for equal rights for Palestinians."-- Wikipedia

  • Listed in FEC forms as "not employed"

  • Amount given to J Street PAC, according to the FEC: $100 contribution 6/10/09

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Muslim Activists Who Contribute to J Street PAC

Mehdi Alhassani

  • President of Muslim Students Association at George Washington University 2005-2006

  • Intern at the White House and Department of State

  • Fulbright Fellow in Jordan

  • Member, Arab American Institute

  • Occupation listed on FEC forms: Obama Campaign Staff

  • $40.00 Contribution 10/28/08
Kasim Arshad

  • Former President, Muslim Cultural Students Association, Northwestern University

  • Cosigned letter to the editor with a Jewish student at Northwestern, calling for "respectful dialogue on campus regarding the Middle East. People from both sides must come together."

  • Co-President, South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA) of Washington University in St. Louis, 2008-2009

  • Listed in the FEC forms as "not employed"
  • $30.00 contributed 10/28/08


Dr. Nabil Bayakly

  • Director, AnNoor Mosque and Muslim Community Center, TN

  • Instructor Arabic and Islam, University of Memphis

  • Originally from Lebanon

  • Chairman of Muslims in Memphis Organization

  • Arrested by Immigration Service and almost deported in 2003

  • Occupation listed on FEC forms: Assistant Professor, LeMoyne Owen College

  • $25.00 contribution 10/23/08


Farhan Bhatti

  • Public Relations Director, Islamic Society of Greater Lansing MI

  • Chairman of "Malcolm X" Subcommittee on Lansing Mayor's Diversity Committee.

  • Bhatti "said the purpose of memorializing Malcolm X is to spread the values of peace, unity and love he preached late in his life. 'We want to educate the public about Malcolm X's true life,' Bhatti said." (City Pulse, September 12, 2007)

  • $30.00 Contribution, 6/17/08

Mary El-Khatib

  • Writes for "Muslim Link"
  • Founder and teacher at the El-Iman Islamic Learning Center in Baileys Crossroads, Virginia
  • Listed as a "teacher" on the FEC forms
  • $20 contributed 10/05/08

Profiles of J Street PAC's Largest Givers
Genevieve Lynch, leader of NIAC

Genevieve Lynch -- $11,000
  • National Iranian American Council Board Member

  • President of the Pluralism Fund, "a coalition of independent philanthropists and representatives of family foundations that does grant work around Iran and in Pakistan."

  • President of the Kenbe Foundation, "whose mission is to support peace in the United States and internationally. The Kenbe Foundation does grant work in the United States, the Caribbean, South Asia, and the Middle East."

  • J Street Finance Committee with minimum donation of $10,000

Amounts given to J Street PAC, according to the FEC:

$10,000 9/24/08
$1,000 6/09/09

Monday, August 17, 2009

Profile of J Street PAC's Largest Givers
Kathleen Peratis

Kathleen Peratis -- $15,250
  • Occupation: Attorney, Outten & Golden LLP

  • Location: New York

  • J Street Board of Advisors

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Human Rights Watch, former Vice Chair of the New Israel Fund.

  • Public positions: Staunch defender of HRW's attacks on Israel here, defender of the anti-Israel Durban II Conference on Human Rights here, defending the anti-Israel UN Human Rights Council here.

  • Notable quotation: "Contrary to Kathleen Peratis' assertion in her Aug. 30, 2006 [Washington Post] op-ed, 'Diversionary Strike On a Rights Group,' Israel does not abandon its moral principle in times of war." -- ADL's Abraham Foxman, Washington Post.

Amounts given to J Street PAC, according to the FEC:

$250 6/09/09

$5,000 4/27/09

$5,000 10/13/08

$5,000 6/15/08

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Profiles of J Street PAC's Largest Givers
Richard Abdoo, Arab American leader

Richard Abdoo-- $11,000+

  • Occupation: Business Executive

  • Location: Wisconsin

  • America-Mideast Educational and Training Services Board of Directors

  • Arab American Institute Board of Governors

  • Arab American National Museum Board Member

  • American Task Force for Lebanon Executive committee
  • .One of 50 members of J Street's Finance Committee with a $10,000 minimum contribution.

Amounts given to J Street PAC, according to the FEC:

$250 6/11/09

$500 10/31/08

$11,000 9/26/08

Muslims, Arabs among J Street donors

by HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, Jerusalem Post correspondent, THE JERUSALEM POST

The J Street political action committee has received tens of thousands of dollars in donations from dozens of Arab and Muslim Americans, as well as from several individuals connected to organizations doing Palestinian and Iranian issues advocacy, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

Additionally, at least two State Department officials connected to Middle East issues have donated to the PAC, which gives money to candidates for US Congress supported by J Street. The organization describes itself as a "pro-Israel, pro-peace" lobby pushing for more American involvement and diplomacy in resolving the Middle East conflictArab and Muslim donors are extremely rare for other organizations that describe themselves as supporters of Israel as J Street does ....
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