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Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

Type: Private Family Foundation

The Bradley Foundation is a private, Wisconsin-based tax-exempt family foundation with a stated mission to “protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism.” It is one of the chief funders of the right-wing, supporting groups such as the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Hudson Institute, and the American Legislative Exchange Council, which is a network of right-wing corporate lobbyists. ALEC writes model state legislation that includes policies that restrict voting rights, dismantle environmental regulations, buttress corporate power and profits, privatize the public school system, and reduce workers’ rights. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, from 2001 to 2009 Bradley “doled out nearly as much money as the seven Koch and Scaife foundations combined.” However, it is also the case that the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation has funded mainstream American institutions such as the ACLU, the Institute for Educational Advancement, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Unfortunately, the Foundation consistently provides financial support to groups that create and spread conspiracy theories, false information, and stereotypes that disparage Islam and Muslims. During the 2014-2016 period, it granted more than $1.8 million to anti-Muslim hate groups, including $765,000 to the David Horowitz Freedom Center and $110,000 to the Middle East Forum. Other recipients include the Middle East Media Research Institute and the American Islamic Congress, an organization with close ties to the administration of George W. Bush.

American Freedom Defense Initiative

The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) is an Islamophobic hate group led by Pamela Geller. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identifies the organization as an anti-Muslim hate group. At one time, SPLC considered Geller “the anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead.”  

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American Freedom Law Center

The American Freedom Law Center, Inc. (AFLC) is an anti-Muslim law firm co-founded and co-led by David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise.   The center often acts as the Islamophobia Network’s legal counsel and has represented Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy and Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative.  

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Appearing as a key witness supporting Rep. Peter King’s anti-Muslim hearings in March 2011, Jasser criticized Muslim organizations for informing communities of the fundamental constitutional right to have counsel present during interactions with law enforcement.

American Islamic Forum for Democracy

American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is an anti-Muslim lobby group founded by Zhudi Jasser. Under Jasser’s leadership, AIFD has allied itself with institutions and legislative efforts that attempt to limit Muslims’ access to enumerated freedoms in the Bill of Rights.

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Americans for Peace and Tolerance

Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) is a Boston-based lobby group founded by Charles Jacobs that proliferates misinformation and conspiracy theories about Islam and Muslim-Americans. It is dedicated to undermining mainstream Muslim institutions and promoting Islamophobia within the media. 

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Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter, a conservative media personality, has gained notoriety for her unabashed Islamophobia. Her influence extends to the social media platforms, where she boasts over 2 million followers on X (formerly known as Twitter). 

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