Update: National Republican Senatorial Committee Slow to Act

The Republican Senatorial Committee was faced with giving back donations they got from soliciting terrorists, and as of a few days ago they were going to keep the funds. They have finally given away the donations from the suspected terrorist, Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, according to reports.

WASHINGTON (AP) ‘” A Republican Party [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

The Republican Senatorial Committee was faced with giving back donations they got from soliciting terrorists, and as of a few days ago they were going to keep the funds. They have finally given away the donations from the suspected terrorist, Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, according to reports.

WASHINGTON (AP) ‘” A Republican Party campaign committee that received $20,000 in 2003 from a man now accused of helping terrorists has donated the money to a foundation that comforts families of wounded soldiers.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the campaign arm for Republican senators, renounced the contribution after news reports identified Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari as an NRSC ‘œInner Circle Member for Life.’

Federal prosecutors charged Alishtari two weeks ago in New York with terrorism financing, material support of terrorism and money laundering. Alishtari pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

‘œIn light of the recent charges filed against a former donor, the National Republican Senatorial Committee will donate the sum total of the former donor’™s contributions to a charitable organization,’ NRSC spokeswoman Rebecca Fisher said.

The committee gave $20,000 last week to the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing for families on the grounds of military and Veterans’™ Administration hospitals.

No word on whether Alsihtari, who evidently remains an ‘œInner Circle Member for Life’ will have to return his secret decoder ring.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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