Attorneys for a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption filed a petition on Thursday with the New York State Supreme Court to compel New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office to comply with a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request regarding contacts between the Mayor’s office, Ground Zero Mosque Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and controversial Muslim organizations.
The backers of the Ground Zero Mosque have virtually no money, one of the group’s leaders says, and plan to create another nonprofit organization that would further complicate the already labyrinthine financial network surrounding the project, according to a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
Federal tax records show Rauf and his associate Daisy Khan direct the two groups supporting the mosque project — the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA).
The Washington, DC-based Judicial Watch is seeking the following information pursuant to its open records request filed on August 9, 2010:
— All records of communication between the Office of the Mayor and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf concerning the Cordoba Initiative’s proposed Cordoba House project.
— All records of communication between the Office of Mayor Bloomberg and any of the following entities:
1. Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR);
2. Islamic Society of North America (ISNA);
3. International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT);
4. American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA);
5. American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC);
6. Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).
Several of these organizations are known Muslim Brotherhood organizations and some were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial…