Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) will send $2,250 in campaign contributions he received from a convicted felon Emadeddin Muntasser, who used a non-profit front group to fund Islamic jihad, to charity.
“We are proud that thousands of people donate to the Congressman’s campaign. It is common for elected officials to discover problematic donors,” said Naree Ketudat, a spokesman for Malinowski. “In this case, we are donating this particular individual’s contributions to the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund.”
Republican Thomas Kean, Jr. called on Malinowski to give Muntasser money to a 9/11-related charity on Saturday, after the New York Post reported that Muntasser had written three checks to the New Jersey congressman in 2018 and 2019.
“This is but another chapter in the history of Tom Malinowski’s lack of integrity and repeated poor judgement,” said Kean, the former minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate. “He needs to donate the thousands of dollars he received from Emadeddin Muntasser to a 9/11 related charity and then explain what he was thinking when he took Muntasser’s check in the first place.”
Muntasser was convicted of providing financial support to terrorist groups after a 24-day trial in 2008. He used his charitable group, Care International, to send money to provide frontline support to the mujahideen, and published a pro-Jihad newsletter, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He ran the Boston branch of Al-Kifah Refugee, which was linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Malinowski was among largest recipient of donations from Muntasser, who also contributed $250 to Joe Biden and $1,000 to former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick in their 2020 presidential bids and $1,000 to U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts).
Muntasser was convicted on charges of lying to the FBI and conspiring against the U.S. government.
Dan Scharfenberger, Kean’s campaign manager, called the Muntasser contribution “dirty money.”
“It is a disgrace that Tom Malinowski and his campaign repeatedly accepted these contributions,” he said.
The Malinowski campaign wants Kean to return contributions he received from “radical right-wing Members of Congress who voted with the terrorists who attacked the Capitol on January 6th to overturn the 2020 presidential election.” They say the total is about $60,000.
“This would be especially timely given his party’s official statement yesterday embracing violence as legitimate discourse,” said Ketudat.