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Diana Davis Spencer Foundation

Type: Private Family Foundation

The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation evolved from the Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation, established in 1962, and the Kathryn W. Davis Foundation, established in 2004. The Foundation has funded mainstream American institutions such as the ACLU, Aspen Institute, Teach for America and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. However, the Foundation’s CEO, Abby Spencer Moffat, is also a Trustee at the right-wing organization The Heritage Foundation. The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation spends considerable resources on bolstering national security networks going so far as to launch the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, a private graduate program designed to prepare future leaders of the intelligence and defense policy making establishment. Given the Foundation’s priorities, it is not surprising that it has given almost $1.2 million to half a dozen anti-Muslim groups in the U.S. between 2014 and 2016. This includes $430,000 to the Center for Security Policy and $250,000 to the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Bare Naked Islam

Bare Naked Islam is an anti-Muslim Internet blog and online community that portrays Islam as “a totalitarian political cult-like ideology.” Bannered with the line “It isn’t Islamophobia / When they really are trying to kill you,” the blog Bare Naked Islam is run by New York-based ‘Bonni’ Benstock-Intall.

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Center for Security Policy

The Center for Security Policy is a key anti-Muslim lobbying and propaganda group founded by Frank Gaffney. CSP seeks to advance anti-Muslim sentiment in both policy and society and predicates Islam as an existential threat to America. 

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Clare Lopez

Clare Lopez is an anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist. The Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University asserts that Lopez “promotes falsified claims about Muslims in America, particularly the notion of a Muslim Brotherhood infiltration under President Obama.” 

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Clarion Project

The Clarion Project is a non-profit organization founded by Rapheal Shore that creates, funds, and disseminates anti-Muslim propaganda to influence American politics. Formerly known as the Clarion Fund, the organization purports that its films have been seen by 125 million people globally.  

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