Eli Clifton, a fellow the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, wrote in an article published today on Salon that Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy has received contributions from some of the nations top defense and aerospace contractors.
Gaffney, who is the founder and president of CSP, is one of the major propagators of anti-Muslim bigotry and is known for his conspiracy theories that claim the Muslim Brotherhood — and stealth jihad — is permeating every level of U.S. government.
Just Monday, Gaffney hosted a national security summit in Washington, D.C., where a lineup of far-Right and nativist speakers fused the issues of immigration and security as well as anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim bigotry.
Frank Gaffney has emerged as one of the DC-beltway’s most outspoken critics of American Muslims, purveying conspiracy theories about the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest levels of the U.S. government and birther accusations about Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as president. But even while drawing criticism from civil rights organizations, Gaffney, who served as acting Assistant Secretary of Defense in 1987, has continued to find sources of funding for his organization, the Center for Security Policy, managing a budget of over $3.5 million in 2013.
Salon acquired a copy of the Center for Security Policy’s donor rolls, listing the organization’s biggest donors. And while far from providing the lion’s share of funding, six of the U.S.’ biggest aerospace and defense contractors are supporters of Gaffney’s organization.
The document, which details contributions to the Center for Security Policy during the 2013 tax year, includes donations from: Boeing ($25,000); General Dynamics ($15,000); Lockheed Martin ($15,000); Northrup Grumman ($5,000); Raytheon ($20,000); and General Electric ($5,000).