CA-Sen: Tom Campbell and Donations to Lawyers Who Represent America’s Enemies

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campbell-and-al-arian CA-Sen: Tom Campbell FINALLY Admits Receiving Terrorist-Linked Sami Al-Arians Donation

Former California Congressman Tom Campbell who has accepted campaign contributions from prominent Muslim activist Sami al-Arian who is alleged to have formed with others a terrorist support network across the United States and who pled guilty to conspiring to help associates of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad

More trouble for former Congressman and now California U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell, as if supporting terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad was not enough.

California GOP Senate candidate Tom Campbell’s support has begun to wane, as the onetime-frontrunner for the Republican nomination spends time explaining his record, including ties to Sami Al-Arian, convicted of providing support to the terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and a series of votes to cut aid to Israel when he was a member of the House of Representatives.

But there is another issue that is likely to roil voters in California. Campbell has not only extended a helping hand to men linked to jihadists, he has personally donated money to the lawyers leading the legal crusade to free the terrorists at Guantanamo. Campbell donated $1,000 to the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Readers of THE WEEKLY STANDARD may recall that Marc Thiessen wrote an expose of that same group in a recent issue of this magazine:

Read it all.

The link to the Politico is bad in the above Weekly Standard piece but here is another and more about the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Campbell’s questionable moves as a congressman were not limited to his efforts on behalf of Al-Arian and Al-Najjar. Indeed, in April 2000 his Senate campaign gave $1,000 to the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), in support of that organization’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of President Bill Clinton’s military action in Yugoslavia. CCR is a pro-Castro outfit that only represents defendants whose political views it supports. Among its more notable clients have been such luminaries as Tom Hayden, co-founder of the radical Students for a Democratic Society; Leonard Peltier, an American Indian rights activist who murdered two FBI agents in 1975; and attorney Lynne Stewart, who illegally facilitated and concealed communications between her client, the incarcerated “blind sheik” Omar Abdel Rahman, and members of his Egyptian terrorist organization. CCR has also taken up the cause of such groups as the Black Liberation Movement, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Communist Party USA, the Black Panther Party, the Chicago Seven, and the Hamas-linked Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.

Here is the corrected link Politico story.

More trouble could be lurking in the wings for Campbell, however. In April 2000, his Senate campaign gave $1,000 to the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights. The gift to the left-leaning civil liberties group came weeks after a federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit CCR brought on behalf of about 30 members of Congress who challenged President Bill Clinton’s military action in Yugoslavia.

“A lot of people thought that was unconstitutional. That’s what he joined with them on — on that lawsuit,” Fisfis said.

CCR is officially devoted to the “use of law as a positive force for social change,” supported the impeachment of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and has taken the lead in organizing legal representation for war-on-terror prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Carly Fiorina’s television ads are going to rip Tom Campbell’s campaign to shreds – as they should.


Updated: CA-Sen: Tom Campbell FINALLY Apologizes for Associating with Convicted Islamic Terrorist Supporter Sami Al-Arian

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The Carly Fiorina campaign says NOT SO FAST Tom…….. From the press release:

Last Friday Tom Campbell declared his interest in stopping what he called the “silent slander.” Unfortunately for him this week the sound of the truth has proved deafening.
 
Today, his tactic seemed to be to apologize for not getting his facts straight about statements and actions he took as a candidate
for U.S. Senate in 2000 and as Professor. But even in the midst of his apology he failed to get his facts straight—yet again.

For those of you who were not there, Tom said that he would not have written his letter in support of Al-Arian had he known that Al-Arian had made the statement “death to Israel.” The thing is that in the letter itself, Tom Campbell in 2002 specifically and explicitly states that he read the  transcript of the O’Reilly interview that caused the whole dust up for Al-Arian in the first place.
 
You can read the transcript of the interview Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly conducted with Sami Al-Arian on September 26, 2001, and which Campbell said in 2002 that he had read, here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,61096,00.html
 
 And here is a link to download the Campbell letter:  http://www.investigativeproject.org/1834/the-letter-dogging-tom-campbell
 
Campbell also claims that he didn’t know about the ties that another one of his 2000 donors, Alamoudi, had to terrorist groups. But the public record that was available at the time tells a different story.
 
On October 28, 2000, before Election Day, Mr. Alamoudi participated in a rally at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC where he
riled up their support for Hamas and Hezbollah – two organizations not exactly known for their peaceful and non-violent approach to advancing their goals. Here is a link to the clip of the rally. It is worth the watch:
http://www.investigativeproject.org/218/rally-at-lafayette-park-alamoudi
<http://www.investigativeproject.org/218/rally-at-lafayette-park-alamoudi>

Just a few days later, on November 4, 2000, at the end of Campbell’s second bid for the U.S. Senate against Dianne Feinstein he told the San Jose Mercury News that he was “comfortable” with Mr. Alamoudi’s position on terror and violence. (Barry Witt,
“Campbell Defends Muslim Groups Organizations Have Right To Make Political Donations, Candidate Says,” San Jose Mercury
News
, 11/4/00)


At the same time, Hillary Clinton and George Bush returned donations made by Alamoudi and his associates and disavowed his comments. This was well publicized and Tom Campbell was directly asked about these donations in the 2000 campaign precisely because these other politicians had the wisdom to return Alamoudi donations.

Things got even more interesting when a question from the press came about what his failure to thoroughly research the record before accepting money from, and writing letters on behalf of terrorist sympathizers says to voters about how he will take action as a U.S. Senator. Tom’s answer: “The errors that I made were as a professor and as a candidate in the last weekend of the last campaign. None of these errors related to anything in my official capacity as a United States congressman. None at all.”

Let me get this straight – what you do when you are not in elective office does not matter when you are running for U.S. Senate? Great, we’ll take that to mean that Tom and his campaign staff retract every statement they have made about Carly’s record when she was not serving in elected office…in other words, every attack they have ever made.Live by the rules, die by the rules, Tom.

campbell-and-al-arian CA-Sen: Tom Campbell FINALLY Admits Receiving Terrorist-Linked Sami Al-Arians Donation

Former California Congressman Tom Campbell who has accepted campaign contributions from prominent Muslim activist Sami al-Arian who is alleged to have formed with others a terrorist support network across the United States and who pled guilty to conspiring to help associates of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Well, Tom Campbell finally makes the connection that, just maybe, association with Sami al-Arian may not be such a great idea and that maybe he should say he is sorry.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell apologized Friday for defending a professor at the University of South Florida in 2002 who had called for the “death” of Israel and promoted “jihad.”

At a press conference held at the start of California Republican Party convention in Santa Clara, Campbell said he had made an error in protesting the suspension of Sami Al-Arian to the university’s president.

“That was an error and I deeply regret it,” Campbell said. “I saw only the material relevant to the question of whether he was misrepresenting himself as speaking on behalf of that university. I did not see other things he had said but I could have and should have and I regret the error.”

Campbell said he had also erred in not returning donations from Al-Arian.

Well, too little said and way too late, Tom.

This apology is not going to fly – you already flunked the Sami al-Arian test. You wrote the letter and you took al-Arian’s money (although at first you denied that, too).

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CA-Sen: Tom Campbell FINALLY Apologizes for Associating with Convicted Islamic Terrorist Supporter Sami Al-Arian

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campbell-and-al-arian CA-Sen: Tom Campbell FINALLY Admits Receiving Terrorist-Linked Sami Al-Arians Donation

Former California Congressman Tom Campbell who has accepted campaign contributions from prominent Muslim activist Sami al-Arian who is alleged to have formed with others a terrorist support network across the United States and who pled guilty to conspiring to help associates of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Well, Tom Campbell finally makes the connection that, just maybe, association with Sami al-Arian may not be such a great idea and that maybe he should say he is sorry.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell apologized Friday for defending a professor at the University of South Florida in 2002 who had called for the “death” of Israel and promoted “jihad.”

At a press conference held at the start of California Republican Party convention in Santa Clara, Campbell said he had made an error in protesting the suspension of Sami Al-Arian to the university’s president.

“That was an error and I deeply regret it,” Campbell said. “I saw only the material relevant to the question of whether he was misrepresenting himself as speaking on behalf of that university. I did not see other things he had said but I could have and should have and I regret the error.”

Campbell said he had also erred in not returning donations from Al-Arian.

Well, too little said and way too late, Tom.

This apology is not going to fly – you already flunked the Sami al-Arian test. You wrote the letter and you took al-Arian’s money (although at first you denied that, too).

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Former California Congressman Tom Campbell who has accepted campaign contributions from prominent Muslim activist Sami al-Arian who is alleged to have formed with others a terrorist support network across the United States and who pled guilty to conspiring to help associates of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Scott Johnson over at Powerline is the teacher and explains why Tom Campbell flunks the Al-Arian test and why he should NOT be elected to the United States Senate.

Read it all.

Here, by the way, is the letter that Campbell wrote on Al-Arian’s behalf.

Read and you decide whether Tom Campbell has the judgment to represent you, California voters, in the United States Senate?

I say No and will sit out the race should Toim Campbell win the Republican nomination and run against Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer.

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Florida Leadership Council Ad against Betty Castor who was running for Florida Senate

As Jennifer Rubin says Tom Cambell is struggling to explain his association.

Tom Campbell is struggling to explain his association with Sami Al-Arian, a convicted terrorist from whom he
accepted campaign money and who he defended when Al-Arian was canned by the University of South Florida. (Both these actions occurred before Al-Arian’s conviction.) He’s not the only politician who has struggled
with this. In 2004 Betty Castor ran for the Senate in Florida. Her tenure as president of  that same university and her handling of Al-Arian made for campaign fodder.

Yes, these are the type of ads that Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore will be running against Tom Campbell.

Why, you ask?

Tom Campbell took the money and now is giving lame excuses. Shame on him.

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Former California Congressman Tom Campbell who has accepted campaign contributions from prominent Muslim activist Sami al-Arian who is alleged to have formed with others a terrorist support network across the United States and who pled guilty to conspiring to help associates of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Tom Campbell said he GOOFED and finally admits accepting the political contributions. Of course, I posted the records from the Federal Elections Commission days ago:

AL-ARIAN, SAMI
TAMPA, FL 33687
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

   CAMPBELL, TOM
    VIA CAMPBELL FOR SENATE
05/02/2000 300.00 20020230924
05/02/2000 1000.00 20020230924

Tom Campbell tells the Politico that he made an “honest mistake”

Campbell further muddied the waters on the Al-Arian issue this week by denying in an interview with the New Ledger website that he had ever taken any contributions from Al-Arian. Yet a Federal Election Commission report showed a donation of $1,000 on May 2, 2000, and of an additional $300 later reattributed to Al-Arian’s wife, Nahla. The candidate said Wednesday that he simply goofed.

“I apologize, but I made a mistake,” Campbell wrote. “I was aware that Sami Al-Arian had asked others to contribute to me (emphasis mine), as I’ve stated plainly, so no one can claim I am attempting to hide it. I did not realize that Sami Al-Arian had contributed himself. It was an honest mistake, with no attempt to mislead.”


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