“To help preserve and advance public trust and confidence in our democratic institutions and the public policy advocacy process, professional lobbyists and their employers have a strong obligation to act always in the highest ethical manner in their dealings with all parties”.
This is an excerpt from the Tennessee Ethnics Committee Guiding Principles for Lobbyists and their employers. Paul Iesa Galloway is a lobbyist for the American Center for Outreach (ACO), as well as the Executive Director of the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) both in Nashville TN.
Paul Iesa Galloway has also worked for, supported, attended and participated in Muslim Brotherhood activities and organizations. While the Ikhwan or Brotherhood isn’t designated a terrorist organization within the United States, it is in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries. Is being affiliated with a terrorist organization, no matter its origins, acceptable criteria for lobbying the State of Tennessee’s elected officials? Do they know of Mr. Galloway’s connections?
One of the first organizations Mr. Galloway worked for was the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). From 2002 to 2006, Galloway not only founded the Houston Chapter, but was its executive director as well. CAIR , which was one of several unindicted co conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trial, was originally known as the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP) an arm of Hamas. CAIR’s co-founder and executive director Nihad Awad is a self-proclaimed supporter of Hamas. During the same time frame Galloway was the director of CAIR, these incidents occurred. ( excerpts taken from http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/printgroupProfile.asp?grpid=6176)
- In September 2003, CAIR National former Community Affairs Director, Bassem Khafagi, pled guilty to three federal counts of bank and visa fraud and agreed to be deported to Egypt. Federal investigators said that a group Khafagi founded, the Islamic Assembly of North America, had funneled money to activities supporting terrorism and had published material advocating suicide attacks against the United States. Khafagi’s illegal activities took place while he was employed by CAIR.
- In July 2004, Ghassan Elashi, a founding Board member of CAIR’s Texas chapter, was convicted along with his four brothers of having illegally shipped computers from their Dallas-area business, InfoCom Corporation, to Libya and Syria, two designated state sponsors of terrorism. That same month, Elashi was charged with having provided more than $12.4 million to Hamas while he was running the Holy Land Foundation.
- In April 2005, Elashi and two of his brothers were also convicted of knowingly doing business with Hamas operative Mousa Abu Marzook, who was Elashi’s brother-in-law. Elashi’s illegal activities took place while he was employed by CAIR, whose Dallas-Fort Worth chapter depicted the Elashis’ indictment as “a war on Islam and Muslims.
Galloway left CAIR in 2006, and in November of 2014 the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) designated CAIR, the Muslim American Society (MAS), and more than 80 groups from other countries as terrorist organizations.
Galloway’s employer for whom he lobbys has some legally and ethically questionable board members as well. Nadeem Siddiqi, chairman of the American Center for Outreach was part of a Medicare/Medicaid fraud case in which his company, Apex Medical Group, a group of clinics and several doctors— submitted bills for services that either were either up-coded or never rendered. All to the tune of $4.36 million.
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