‘Convicted’ Financier Of Terror Operations Has ‘Contributed’ To Biden And Other Democratic Campaigns

Joe Biden and several other high-profile Democrat politicians have taken campaign donations from a convicted felon who finances terrorist operations. Emadeddin Muntasser, 57, has been accused of supporting “violent jihad” even after being released from prison.

The New York Post reported that Muntasser and two co-conspirators were convicted in January 2008 for entering into a conspiracy to defraud the US government, conceal evidence, and lie to FBI agents. The charges arose from the group’s operation of Care International, an Islamic charity they created that was used to finance jihad activities overseas. They also committed fraud in lying about the nature of the organization to obtain tax-exempt status.

Since 2018, Muntasser has donated to Biden and several Democrats running for federal office, including Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep Tom Malinowski (D-NJ). He has also contributed to a Democratic PAC, ActBlue.

Hank Sheinkopf is a New York Democratic strategist who told the Post that the contributions show a “lack of judgment” and show that Democrats will “do anything to get money” for political campaigns. He added that the “unbelievable” situation indicates Democrats are setting themselves up for failure.

As a result of his criminal activities using Care International, Muntasser served five months in federal prison and five months of home confinement. He also had six months of supervised release and paid a $10,000 fine.

Muntasser used Care International to transfer $120,000 to Makhtab al-Khidamat, an organization funded in part by Osama Bin Laden. He also traveled to Afghanistan in 1995 to meet with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who US officials designated as a “global terrorist.” Care International was also a successor organization of the Boston branch of the Al-Kifah Refugee Center.

Muntasser declined to comment to the Post for its reporting, and no Democrats who received money from him have addressed the contributions. Muntasser is currently operating Quitri III, a Massachusetts real estate investment and development firm.