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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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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Updated: CA-Sen: Tom Campbell, Sami al-Arian and Political Access

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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

I wrote a few weeks ago about former California Congressman and current U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell and the problems with his anti-Israel voting record.

Today, Jennifer Rubin over at Commentary has more on his Muslim activist terrorist associations, including Sami al-Arian
Sami al-Arian, a University of South Florida computer-science professor and prominent Muslim activist, handed out $1,000 contributions to [Rep. Cynthia] McKinney and other lawmakers during a short burst of political giving between 1998 and 2001. … Al-Arian’s first legal campaign contribution on record was a $200 donation in 1998 to re-elect his local congressman, Rep. Jim Davis (D-Fla.), according to FEC records. Between 1999 and early 2001, the Islamist leader and his wife, Nahla, gave larger, multiple contributions to the campaigns of McKinney ($2,000), [David] Bonior ($3,200) and [Tom] Campbell ($1,300).

And, Rubin has more:

What was Al-Arian up to and why did he favor then Congressman (and now Senate candidate) Tom Campbell? The report continues that Al-Arian and other Muslim figures were looking to do away with â€provisions of the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, which allowed federal authorities to use classified information as a basis on which to hold foreign terrorist suspects and to deny that information to the suspects’ defense attorneys. The thinking behind the law, congressional sources say, was to allow domestic law-enforcement services to use foreign intelligence as evidence on which to detain and deport the foreign suspects. Much of that intelligence could not be revealed to the defense because it would put the sources of that intelligence in physical danger.” (Campbell, in fact, testified in favor of his donor’s position at a congressional hearing.)

Beyond that, the report tells us that a Campbell staffer “serve[d] as point man on the issue. That staffer, according to the program and subsequent AMC newsletter, spoke to an event for training Muslim activists on ‘How to Lobby Congress.’ The published agenda of the AMC’s June 2001 national conference shows that al-Arian was another AMC lobbying coach who helped train activists from around the country in lobbying Congress.” That staffer was most likely Suhail Khan, who  served as Campbell’s policy director and press secretary. And lo and behold, he appeared at the very same CAIR conference in 2009 – with none other than Hussain. (Campbell, too, was a CAIR fan. When a new headquarters opened in June 2000, “several members of Congress, including Republican Congressmen Tom Campbell and Democrat James Moran also came to lend their support.”) What a small world.

Moreover, here is the FEC report on the campaign money Tom Campbell accepted from Sami al-Arian

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

Now, come on Tom.

What the hell were you doing back in 2000 with these Muslim activists with shady associations. Why did you accept the money? Did you return the contributions and what is your position on Sami al-Arian today?

Philip Klein has MORE over at the American Spectator.

His involvement went further than that. Later in 2000, Campbell wrote a letter to an immigration judge on behalf of Mazen Al-Najjar, Al-Arain’s brother-in-law and collaborator, protesting the fact that the government was going to use classified evidence against him.

According to a Sept. 1, 2000 article in the St. Petersburg Times that I accessed via Nexis:

This week, two members of the U.S. House, one a Republican and one a Democrat, sent a letter to (Judge R. Kevin) McHugh asking him not to resort to secret evidence because high-ranking government officials have serious doubts.

“National Security Adviser (Sandy) Berger stated that he had seen the secret portions of the government’s investigation in this matter and had misgivings about it,” wrote Democratic Whip David Bonior of Michigan and U.S. Rep. Tom Campbell, R-Calif. The two have introduced legislation to ban the use of secret evidence as unconstitutional.

In his plea deal, Al-Arain admitted that he concealed his knowledge that Al-Najjar was an associate of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. 

Ok, as a California voter, Tom, explain to me what gives with supporting these Muslim terrorist shills and giving them political access to you?

Update:

Here is Tom Campbell’s fairly weak sauce response over at American Spectator.

The question is: incompetence, stupdity, or naivety? Take your pick.

I won’t EVER be voting for Tom Campbell – for any office.


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