Rashida Tlaib Paid $435,000 to Firm Linked to Terrorism

 May 21, 2024

Rep. Rashida Tlaib has been financially supporting a consulting firm linked to anti-Israel activism and alleged terrorism through her campaign and leadership PAC.

According to the Washington Examiner, the firm Unbought Power is led by Rasha Mubarak, who has connections with organizations tied to Hamas and other terrorist factions.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a prominent member of the Democratic Party and the "Squad," has come under scrutiny for her financial ties to Unbought Power, a consulting firm led by Rasha Mubarak. The firm, which has received over $435,000 from Tlaib's campaign and leadership PAC, is known for its connections to anti-Israel activism and alleged terrorism-linked groups.

Financial Ties and Allegations of Terrorism Links

Since 2020, Tlaib has paid Unbought Power more than $435,000 for "fundraising consulting." Unbought Power is a Florida-based LLC led by Mubarak, a known associate of Tlaib and a former key figure in U.S. organizations linked to terrorism. Tlaib's payments were made through her campaign and her leadership PAC, Rooted in Community Leadership.

In addition to Tlaib's payments, a joint fundraising committee that includes other members of the "Squad" like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, and Ilhan Omar paid $86,000 to Unbought Power. Mubarak, who previously served as president of the advocacy arm of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, has ties to Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and other terrorist groups.

History and Connections of Rasha Mubarak

Rasha Mubarak’s firm received $139,000 from Tlaib’s campaign and PAC between 2023 and 2024, with $43,000 paid in the current year. Mubarak has a controversial background, having worked for the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) from 2015 to 2018. CAIR has been linked to a terrorism financing case, and a former staffer was convicted for funneling money to Hamas.

Mubarak’s previous role in the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, an organization planning to dissolve but yet to file the necessary termination report, raises further concerns about her ties to terrorism-linked entities. The Biden administration has distanced itself from CAIR following a Hamas-led attack on Israel, reflecting the complexity of political affiliations and support.

Broader Political Implications and Reactions

The Biden administration's support for Israel has caused dissatisfaction among the pro-Palestinian base of the Democratic Party in Michigan. Critics, including a veteran Democratic strategist and the National Republican Congressional Committee, accuse the Democratic Party and Biden of either harboring anti-Israel sentiments or making political calculations for electoral gains in Michigan.

A Democratic strategist told the Washington Examiner:

The company the Squad keeps is ‘disturbing, antisemitic, and anti-American.

Will Reinert, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, commented:

Democrats as a whole have caved to their pro-terror base and abandoned Israel as they seek to help President Joe Biden win Michigan.

These statements highlight the contentious nature of the political alliances and the broader implications for U.S. foreign policy and domestic political dynamics.

Summary of the Issue

Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s financial support of Unbought Power, a firm linked to anti-Israel activism and alleged terrorism, has sparked significant controversy.

Payments totaling over $435,000 to the firm led by Rasha Mubarak, who has ties to organizations linked to Hamas, have raised questions about Tlaib's affiliations. The political fallout continues as critics accuse the Democratic Party of making strategic electoral calculations, highlighting the ongoing tensions within the party and its policy stances.

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