Islamophobia Monitor

Outer Core

Introduction

The Donors Capital Fund is a Virginia-based organization which allows those who wish to gift funds anonymously to open a donor-advised fund by providing “a minimum initial gift of $1,000,000.” According to the fund’s web site, its services are useful for “gifts funding sensitive or controversial issues.”

As an example of how this service is used to facilitate anti-Islam bias in the United States, it was revealed that prior to the 2008 election $17.7 million dollars directed through Donors Capital was given to the Clarion Project (then, the Clarion Fund). This massive sum allowed them to distribute millions of copies of the anti-Islam propaganda film Obsession to key battleground states during the 2008 election. The source of the money was likely a Chicago businessman named Barre Seid.

According to the Fund’s 2011 tax filings, the most recent available at the time this report was written, fund operators continued to allow donors to direct large sums of money to Islamophobic groups. This included $2,225,000 to Daniel Pipes’s Middle East Forum, $250,000 to the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, and $825,000 to Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy

Florida Family Association (FFA) is a fringe right-wing group. FFA was founded by David Caton in 1987. They received national attention in 2011 when home improvement chain Lowe’s pulled ads from TLC’s “All American Muslim” program after pressure from FFA. According to the group’s website, FFA exists to “defend, protect and promote traditional, biblical values.”

The Florida Family Association is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network. Southern Poverty Law Center also designates FFA as a hate group.

FFA has opposed the basic right of petitioning a court for redress of grievances when such an action interferes in FFA’s vision of America. According to FFA, “Many states including Florida are likely to offer amendments similar to Oklahoma to provide a legal block to Sharia Law and ensure justice is equally served. However, court challenges [to such amendments] stand in the way of common sense and public safety.”

FFA promotes the conspiracy theory that Tampa, Fla. may become “one of America’s first Sharia-compliant cities.” The organization’s Welcometotampafl.org project “is designed to warn current and future citizens of Tampa about the growing acceptance of Islamic policy and Sharia law by local officials.”

The FFA frequently cites and allies with Islamophobes Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller.

Writing in the New York Times on December 17, 2011, reporter Samuel G. Freedman observed, “If there is any upside to the campaign against 'All-American Muslim,' it is that national scrutiny has cut Mr. Caton down to size. Several major companies that he claimed had stopped advertising -- Home Depot and Campbell's Soup -- issued statements saying they had done no such thing.”

Similarly, on December 14, 2011, the editorial board of the New Jersey Star-Ledger wrote the following, “[The Florida Family Association] call themselves Christians, but the evangelical group that demanded Lowe’s home improvement chain yank its television ads from a reality show about Muslim families sounds more like a club for bigots.”

According to the Tampa Bay Times on January 15, 2012, commentator Daniel Ruth said, “The Florida Family Association is a cabal of one squirrelly little biblical bully, armed only with an email list of like/narrow-minded self-righteous fellow travelers who wouldn't know the meaning of faith, hope and charity if they tripped over it.”

In 2014, FFA and the Bare Naked Islam website provided a link to contact and boycott Home Depot after the company participated in cultural awareness training. Home Depot was encouraged in the training to adopt procedures aimed at better serving Muslim employees and customers, such as allowing Muslims two calendar days off of work to celebrate Eid.

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