End of Fund-Raising Quarter Brings Refrains of 'Karl Rove,' 'Islamophobia'

July 7, 2008 - 8:32 PM

(CNSNews.com) - As the end of September approaches, so does the end of the third fund-raising quarter, prompting urgent last-minute appeals from political and advocacy groups that use key phrases such as "Karl Rove" and "Islamophobia" to drive liberal outrage -- and attract dollars.

One Democratic group on Thursday sent out a fundraising appeal "signed" by Karl Rove.

And in another appeal on Thursday, an Islamic advocacy group accused "some opinion-makers" of "deliberately fanning the flames of Islamophobia and exploiting public anxiety to drive votes and money" -- in an effort to drive money into its own coffers.

Obsessed by Rove

Although Bush adviser Karl Rove left the White House this summer, Democrats are still using his name to raise funds.

"As my last act in the White House, I asked Dick Cheney if he could help me break into the DCCC and send you this email," "Rove" says in a "parody" issued by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday.

The DCCC, a group that raises money to elect Democrats to the House, has "Rove" reminiscing about alleged misdeeds of the Bush White House:

"For six years the Republicans in Congress let George [Bush], Dick [Cheney] and me get away with every trick in the book. Making up stuff about weapons of mass destruction, revealing the identity of a covert agent to get revenge on her husband, firing US Attorneys who went after Republicans; we did it all. And if Republicans were in power we'd still be getting away with it."

Then "Rove" says, "On behalf of Dick Cheney, I order you not to contribute to the DCCC."

The message, intended to prompt Democrats to open their wallets, is signed, "Insincerely, Karl Rove," and it's followed by a "P.S." noting that although the message is a parody, "the sentiment is real: don't let Karl and his friends go back on the offensive."

'Islamophobia'

Parady is one fund-raising strategy; spinning insults is another. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is using a recent comment by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) in its latest fund-raising attempt.

Last week, in making a larger point about terrorism, Rep. Peter King told Politico.com, "There are too many mosques in America."

The Democratic National Committee promptly bashed King for his "bigoted language, and CAIR circulated an "action alert," urging Muslims and "other people of conscience" to ask Republican leaders to repudiate King's remarks.

As Cybercast News Service reported last week, King's comment was part of a larger discussion the congressman had with Politico.com: "Unfortunately, we have too many mosques in this country. There's too many people who are sympathetic to radical Islam," King said.

"We should be looking at them more carefully; we should be finding out how we can infiltrate. We should be much more aggressive in law enforcement."

Both the DNC and CAIR noted that King Serves as a "key adviser" to Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, and critics like CAIR are going after Giuliani through King:

"Now you know where Giuliani gets his advice as he misguidedly criticizes other presidential candidates for not using ill-defined terms like "Islamofascist," "Islamic radical" and "Islamic terrorists," CAIR said in a fund-raising appeal circulated on Thursday.

"With opinion-makers like these leading their bigoted charge, no wonder Islamophobia is alive and well," CAIR said.

The group then launched into its fundraising pitch, explaining how CAIR helps to "defend and protect" the U.S. through "cooperation with law enforcement and through anti-terrorism campaigns.

"We stand against injustice, whether it is the Iraq war or the occupation of Palestinians that continues to be funded by your tax dollars," CAIR said.

"People like King and Giuliani will fan the flames of hate and they will not give up until people like you stand up for dialogue and dignity for all." Translation: send money. ("We need you by our side," was what CAIR actually said.)

The group explains that donations to CAIR are "Zakat-Eligible and Tax-Deductible."

Rep. King, R-N.Y., the ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, said last week that his comments to Politico.com were taken out of context. He said his point wasn't that there were too many mosques, but that there were too many mosques that don't cooperate with law enforcement.

King also told the Associated Press last week that Giuliani "can take care of himself. He's a tough guy, but I would think that campaigns would respect someone like myself who says things that might be politically incorrect but are accurate in that too many Muslim leaders in this country do not denounce extremism."

"I know of any number of mosques in New York that are under surveillance by law enforcement because they have suspicious links, at the very least radical links, that are inappropriate," he said.

See Earlier Story:
Democrats Blast Republican for 'Too Many Mosques' Phrase (20 Sept. 2007)

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