Today, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) condemned Senator John Sununu for accepting campaign contributions from Hisham Altalib.
Altalib served as treasurer of SAFA Trust, a part of the SAAR group, a network of charitable organizations that, according to the Washington Post, was “at the center of a sprawling conglomerate of Muslim institutes, companies, and religious groups that were under federal investigation for alleged ties to terrorist organizations in 2003.”
“We urge Sen. John Sununu to reconsider keeping donations from persons or organizations with questionable ties to terrorist organizations,” said Ira N. Forman, NJDC Executive Director. “The SAAR foundation has been under investigation for these ties.”
The New York Times reported in 2003, “Federal law enforcement authorities said in court documents unsealed on Friday that they suspected a group of Islamic charities in Northern Virginia [the SAAR group] of laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars or more from Saudi Arabia to help finance terrorist attacks by Hamas and other militant groups.”
According to the Washington Post, some elected officials have returned contributions to the SAAR Foundation and SAFA Trust.