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Stephen Harold Schimmel Foundation

Type: Private Family Foundation

The Stephen Harold Schimmel Foundation is a California-based, private, tax-exempt entity founded in 1995. According to its tax filings, the president, secretary, and treasurer of the Foundation is Rosalba Schimmel, the wife of millionaire Stephen Harold Schimmel. There is little other publicly available information about the Schimmels’ or the Foundation. Between 2014 and 2016, the Foundation’s tax filings listed a single grantee — the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) — to whom it donated more than $1 million. CBN is a powerful amplifier of anti-Muslim conspiracies and lies, with founder Pat Robertson repeatedly calling Islam a “violent religion” and a “political ideology.

Although CBN has been the fund’s primary beneficiary in recent years, historically, the Schimmel Foundation has funded a larger network of Christian organizations, networks, and churches across the country. In the early 2000s, the Schimmel Foundation served as a regular donor to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, located in Sarasota, Florida.

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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