Tom Campbell’s Troubling Ties

Republican Tom Campbell, who served in the House of Representatives for ten years between 1989 and 2001, is currently running for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by California Democrat Barbara Boxer. While the incumbent has acted as little more than a rubber stamp for the Obama agenda, it is by no means clear that Campbell would represent much of an improvement.

His credentials as a self-anointed “fiscal conservative” are tainted by several unsavory elements: an apparent hostility toward America’s staunch ally, Israel; an inability to comprehend the aggressive and hateful nature of radical Islam; an eagerness to appease Islamists who have intimate ties to known terrorists; and a propensity to repeatedly massage the truth until such time as his prevarications are publicly discredited with clear and compelling evidence – at which point Campbell typically concedes that he may have inadvertently goofed. These are hardly the qualities of a man who could be depended upon to help advance a conservative resurgence in America.

Consider, to start, Campbell’s most recent falsehood. In a February 24th interview, the candidate was asked whether there was any truth to an allegation that in 2000 he had accepted a campaign donation from Sami Al-Arian, the University of South Florida professor who was, at that time, the North American leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) – a terrorist organization whose objectives include the destruction of Israel.

Campbell replied emphatically, “I received no contribution from Sami Al-Arian,” though he did concede it was possible that Al-Arian’s wife had given him some money that year. When a Federal Election Commission report subsequently showed that Al-Arian had in fact made a $1,000 donation to Campbell on May 2, 2000 – and that Al-Arian’s wife, Nahla, had given an additional $300 – Campbell reluctantly let the truth drip out:

“I apologize, but I made a mistake. I was aware that Sami Al-Arian had asked others to contribute to me … I did not realize that [he] had contributed himself. It was an honest mistake, with no attempt to mislead.”

Campbell’s supporters have pointed out that when the then-congressman took Al-Arian’s money, the latter had not yet been charged with any terrorism-related crimes. That’s true enough, but media accounts speculating about Al-Arian’s inks to PIJ dated back to as early as 1994. Campbell was undoubtedly aware of those rumors but accepted the professor’s money anyway. Why?

Perhaps it was because he shared at least some of Al-Arian’s agendas. At a May 2000 congressional hearing, for instance, Campbell testified in support of Al-Arian’s campaign to repeal the provisions of the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. This law permitted federal authorities to detain foreign terrorist suspects on the basis of classified information, and to withhold that information from the suspects’ defense attorneys on the rationale that full disclosure could conceivably place the sources of the information in physical danger. Later that year, Campbell penned a letter to immigration judge R. Kevin McHugh, on behalf of Al-Arian’s brother-in-law and terrorist collaborator Mazen Al-Najjar, who was busy protesting the federal government’s plan to use classified evidence to prosecute him. A number of years earlier, Al-Najjar and Al-Arian together had established the World Islam Study Enterprise (WISE), an Islamic think tank that was shut down in 1995 for its suspected ties to terrorism.

According to Campbell spokesman Jamie Fisfis, there was nothing nefarious about Campbell’s actions on behalf of these terrorists. It was just a case of good intentions poorly executed. “A lot of folks [at that time] were involved in trying to improve relations with the Muslim world,” explains Fisfis, “and this is one of those initiatives Tom Campbell regrets being involved in.”

In September 2000, Campbell continued to advocate for Al-Arian’s (and Al-Najjar’s) agenda when he attended the Islamic Society of North America’s 36th annual conference and participated in a panel discussion focusing on how the Muslim community could organize to prevent the U.S. government from using secret evidence against Islamic terror suspects. Other panel members included Agha Saeed of the American Muslim Alliance (which has pledged “to condemn [Israeli] atrocities and to expose the hideous nature of this neo-colonial occupation”); Salam Al-Marayati of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (which opposes the shutdown of Muslim charities suspected of supporting terrorism); Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (an outgrowth of the Islamic Association for Palestine, which was established by senior Hamas operative Mousa Abu Marzook and functioned as Hamas’ public relations and recruitment arm in the United States); and Najir Khaja of the American Muslim Council, (whose founder and former chairman Abdurahman Alamoudi was a supporter of Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and Islamic Group leader Omar Abdel Rahman, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Even longtime anti-America radical Ramsey Clark made an appearance at the conference.

The following month, Campbell and Al-Arian crossed paths again, when both spoke at an American Muslim Alliance gathering in Irvine, California.

Campbell’s questionable moves as a congressman were not limited to his efforts on behalf of Al-Arian and Al-Najjar. Indeed, in April 2000 his Senate campaign gave $1,000 to the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), in support of that organization’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of President Bill Clinton’s military action in Yugoslavia. CCR is a pro-Castro outfit that only represents defendants whose political views it supports. Among its more notable clients have been such luminaries as Tom Hayden, co-founder of the radical Students for a Democratic Society; Leonard Peltier, an American Indian rights activist who murdered two FBI agents in 1975; and attorney Lynne Stewart, who illegally facilitated and concealed communications between her client, the incarcerated “blind sheik” Omar Abdel Rahman, and members of his Egyptian terrorist organization. CCR has also taken up the cause of such groups as the Black Liberation Movement, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Communist Party USA, the Black Panther Party, the Chicago Seven, and the Hamas-linked Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.

Just one month after the 9/11 attacks, Campbell received a lifetime achievement award at the American Muslim Association’s national convention. At that event, speakers reportedly suggested that the United States should respond to the al-Qaeda attacks by “re-evaluat[ing] its foreign policy—specifically its positions on Israel and Iraq.”

We can learn a great deal about an individual by taking note of who his friends and supporters are. When it was recently shown that Campbell had indeed accepted Sami Al-Arian’s money during his 2000 political campaign, none other than the aforementioned Salam Al-Marayati, Executive Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, rushed to Campbell’s defense. “It’s an unfortunate pattern in the campaigning to attack people because of their association with the Muslim community,” Al-Marayati said. “People are using it selectively to scare voters…. It’s just an unfortunate exploitation of people’s fears.”

This was the same Salam Al-Marayati who, a few hours after the 9/11 attacks, told a radio audience:

“If we’re going to look at suspects, we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what’s happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies.”

It was also the same man who in 2004 demanded that the Treasury Department allow the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, whose assets had been frozen because of the organization’s terrorist ties, to transfer $50,000 to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF). “This is the donors’ money and it should go where donors wanted it to go, to good, charitable causes,” said Al-Marayati. But PCRF is an organization with some heavy ideological baggage of its own. Most notably, it is headed by Stephen Sosebee, who depicts Israel as a murderous Zionist regime that Palestinians must resist by means of “armed struggle.”

Equally troubling is that Campbell is an admirer of Alison Weir (not to be confused with the British historian and author Alison Weir), an activist who contends that America’s support for Israel “makes us an accomplice to war crimes and an accessory to oppression”; who depicts the Israeli-Arab conflict as a battle between “the brutalizer and the brutalized”; who states that “Israel will keep shooting kids in the back until we all say, Enough”; and who likens Israel’s security barrier in the West Bank to the “Berlin Wall.” Notwithstanding – or perhaps because of – Weir’s views, Campbell considers her “an intelligent, careful, and critical” scholar and suggests that “American policy makers would benefit greatly from hearing her first-hand observations and attempting to answer the questions she poses.”

And then, of course, there is the matter of Campbell’s voting record during his time in the House of Representatives. In 1990 he opposed a resolution (which was passed 378-34) expressing support for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, but it’s wrong to say it can’t also be the capital of Palestine,” he once stated. In 1997 and 1999, Campbell introduced separate amendments to cut foreign aid to Israel; one failed in committee by a margin of 9 to 32, the other was defeated on the House floor by a vote of 13-414. Also in 1999, he was one of just 24 House members to vote against a resolution expressing congressional opposition to the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state.

Before would-be Republican voters resolve to throw their support behind Tom Campbell in this November’s election, they ought to look long and hard at his rather troubling record.

  • Rick Geiger

    As much as I detest Boxer….Campbell would be worse

    • ladyruth54

      Chuck Devore would be the person to support against Boxer.

  • Guest

    500 Christians in Nigeria were recently savagely butchered by Islamists yet the world is mute.

    I have to with agree with Melanie Phillips poignant point that so much frenzy about protecting Israel allows for the denial of the current holocaust of Christians in Africa.

    Throughout all the years following 9/11/2001 I heard Liberal Jews say 'Bush is Hitler BUT save Israel'., then these same Liberal Jews voted into power for the most anti-Israel govt since Jimmy Carter.

    Christians are the ones being systematically exterminated around the world- not Jews-and NOBODY, not Catholics, or Jews or Muslims or Atheist are saying a DAMN word!

    • Joy

      Yes, they are: Jews are protesting the ravages of Darfur, but you're right: They're not screaming Islam as the enemy there to the extent that they should – which would mean that they would/should then protest Islamic barbarism in those other sad areas of the world.

  • Guest

    "an inability to comprehend the aggressive and hateful nature of radical Islam"

    This inability to comprehend also applies to Dr Krauithammer, Bill Kirstol and Glenn Beck in their recent Charles Johnson-like paranoid fear about the European 'white supremest Geert Widers'

    Please note that CPAC is run by Islamist appeaser Grover Norquist.



    • Raymond in DC

      It's not a matter of one vs. the other. These are parallel assaults against all "non-believers" (non-Muslims). In Pakistan, Nigeria, Iraq, Gaza and even in Bethlehem, it's against Christians. In Thailand, it's against Buddhists. In Israel and elsewhere, it's against the Jews. And everywhere, it's against apostates from Islam, or those deemed "heretical" sects like the Bahai in Iran.

      • ChuckD

        You are spot on Raymond. All these years since I can remember back to the 67 war, the media has always portrayed the Arab-Israeli conflict as a special case. Where the Arabs held this unique animosity toward Jews. Today I realize, now that I have learned what the adherents of Islam actually believe, that the conflict between Arabs and Jews is really just one front -as you say- against all apostates. The goal of Islam is world domination.

  • Margaret Mueller

    I recently read a statement,

    "We function as atheists.We live our daily lives without giving much thought to God. Even those who attend houses of worship will think about God while there, but during the rest of the week it's pretty much doing our own thing. We have somehow grown to live our lives without the presence of God. We have become functional atheists. We function as atheists. Sociologically speaking we are indistinguishable from professing atheists. We all live our lives seemingly without the need for, or the use of, God. (Fr. Deacon Ezra, These Things We Believe)

    We do not speak out to defend our faith, because we do not live our faith, and we have allowed the social pressure to deny our faith to proscribe our behavior. In imposing this silence upon us, they have won the battle to silence Christians and allow our own slaughter. It's a little more subtle than Nazi Germany, but it has a larger impact — a worldwide impact.

    Can you imagine this administration granting asylum based on religious persecution to Christians from Iraq, Iran, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, which by the way is the oldest Christian country? How about Jews? Does anyone think this country is a safe-haven for the down-trodden any more?

    Christianity in its hubris to judge, has forgotten to see each person as Christ first. This has opened the door to pillorying Christians as hypocrites. There is no hypocrite like a Democrat right now, or a Union leader or a NASA weather scientist or a UN Human Rights council member, or Planned Parenthood employee, or American History and Literature Teachers that psychologically brow beat our children with generational guilt (that rivals anything Catholic or Pentecostal) instead of pride, or an ACORN community organizer. Where is the righteous outrage over their hypocrisy?

  • poptoy

    This story sounds very much like the story of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards who is still in Federal prison on a Rico charge.

  • Seek

    "Jihad Tom" Campbell should not be sitting in the Senate come next year. Boxer is bad enough; Campbell, a "Republican," would be worse.

  • Butch

    I am all for supporting Israel. When are they going to return that support? The vast majority of the Jewish citizens in the U.S. voted for the most anti Jewish, anti capitalist, muslim activist to diminish the office of the President of the United States. Why?

    • badaboo

      That's easy Butch , they dont buy the propaganda you bought . First of , a litmus test for ALL politicians who TRULY support Israel :

      A resolution was passed several years ago in Congress to do just that .


      It was the campaign promise of the Bush Administration …DID IT HAPPEN ?

      Dont expect American Jews to walk the line when Republicans WON'T . They'll vote to eliminate the staus quo , just as this last election indicated .a do it ? Probably not , but the previous Biush Admins , definitely did not . Every past Admin.regaqrdless of party has criticized the settlements without exception. Everybodies got something to say about the Jews/Israelis , but one thing that CAN'T be said , is that they are stupid .

      • badaboo

        sorry that half sentence "a do it "? – was – will Obama do it ? -Probably not …

      • Butch

        Surely badaboo you did not expect Barrack Hussein Obama to be an ardent supporter of Israel. It was pretty well known about his radical ties and his muslim faith. I wouldn't think you would have to have a litmus test to determine where he stood, even without the koolaid. Elections are about the lesser of two evils, You know where you stood with Obama.

    • Democracy First

      Well…..First, they vote as Americans, not Jews. And as liberal Americans. And we know that if Jews suddenly did vote Republicans, the anti-Semitic left would blast them for dual loyalties – which many blast them for anyhow, despite this evidence to the contrary.

      Second, historically trhe Democrats have been as or even more supportive of ISrael and Jews than the Republoicans. Only in recent years has that changed. Many Jews, i suspect, haven't quite caught on yet.

  • Beth

    do….Just ask the Beslan children.

    There is one Weapon that has the power to put out the fires that Palestine continually spreads: The song of Moses.

    The saints 'sing' this song – Rev 15:3. This is probably one of the most important Scriptures given.

    Until the west starts 'singing' this song – Islam will continue to have the upper hand. And know….there is no such thing as a 'moderate' muslim…

    (those who deny – can take it up with their own prophet….)

    004.095 Not equal are those believers who sit at home and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons… those who strive and fight hath He distinguished above those who sit at home by a special reward.

    002.216 Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing [war] which is good for you and that ye love a thing [peace] which is bad for you?


  • Beth

    004.104 And slacken not in following up the enemy: If ye are suffering hardships, they are suffering similar hardships.

    009.039 Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place.

    Meanwhile – the prophet of Islam forgot (obviously) to mention the song of Moses and that which is in it.

    Command for all Christians:

    1Ti 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy,

    according to the prophecies –

    which went before on thee, –

    that thou by them –

    mightest war a good warfare

  • TopAssistant

    ACT! for America – Raleigh Chapter is asking all Americans to contact each candidate for office and each person in office, asking them to contact their two senators and congressman about our government's failure to protect us. Neither Rep. Skelton, chairman, House Armed Service Committee nor Sen. Levin, chairman, Senate Armed Service Committee will hold hearings on Stephen Coughlin’s thesis and why those in DoD have tuned away from the necessary steps to determine our true enemy. Why won’t they hold hearings? Our national security is at stake.
    Google PJTV: “The Islamic Infiltration” RBO to see just how the DoD, FBI, CIA, DOJ, DHS, etc have been infiltrated. Google Stephen Coughlin’ thesis, “To Our Great Detriment” Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad. Here is why the hearings are important! Google, “The Pentagon Mantra: PC Trumps Security?” by Diana West, January 17, 2008. This is the third time in our nation’s history our enemy has infiltrated our government.
    Contact your local, state and national politicians demanding the hearings before it is all over.

    We must have an ACT! for America chapter at each military installation being run by the wives, husbands, family, friends, surrounding community to speak out for our government’s failure to determine our true enemy. We would like to have memorial chapters started by the family and love ones of our fallen military. We must wake up our politicians and agencies/departments on what is happening.

  • USMCSniper

    Maybe he is really a leftist mole?

  • badaboo

    Margaret Mueller , forgive me if I'm misinterpreting what you are trying to say , but "the statement " you quote , seems to be guilty of the very same thing it is decrying .
    And THAT in fact SMACKS of HYPOCRISY .
    The statement itself , proves its own hypocrisy . Is the entire post , the satement ? Or have you added your opinion to it ?

    Just curious ?

  • Stacy

    Maybe Americans will finally see that BOTH sides of the isle are CRAP! IMPEACH ALL 545 AND START A NEW.

  • Morgan

    As I scanned the comments above I see the use of radical Islam being used. I fear this represents an uneducated individual. The core teachings of the Koran and Mohamed are of conquest, subjugation or death of all non-believers. The muslems that are not radical terrorist are slackers. (Like Christians that only go to church on Easter and Christmas.)

  • badaboo

    Spot on Morgan…USMCSniper , yea that's it he MUST be a leftist mole …….Democracy first long you been around man ? American Jews have traditionally voted Democrat , and that not neccesssarily because of Israel . And yes , mostly liberal because what you call liberal consists partly of those who believe in seperation of church and state , jews believe this , and they take care of their own in religious matters .And WHO would blast them ? The Left ? Only in your mind pal .
    And finally Butch , the litmus test is in fact a dtermining factor , although you ignored that , it is not diminished . As for Obama , he'll do no more or less than his predecessors .ALL of his predecessors criticized the settlements , and ALL lacked the intestinal fortitude to recognize Jerusalem . So your remarks are rendered meaningless.
    As for WHO I voted for ? You have no idea of that .Dont ASDSUME Butch , you know what they say about that .

    • Ben 10 games

      Maybe he is really a leftist mole? worth checking

  • badaboo

    What is already known about campbell , should be enough for any reasonable person , to not even consider him for office .

  • DAG

    I'm not voting at all, it doesn't matter who is president. America is run by the CIA, and the military industrial complex.

  • badaboo

    That's "old hat " DAG .

  • Springer6

    read what Tom C has to say for himself when he is questioned about this "ties".

  • eli

    Why should liberal Jewish Americans support a government in Israel that is totally against their ideological beliefs? In Israel the ruling coalitions is ruled by Avigdor Lieberman, the Shas party and Bib. Likud is the moderate party and they are far right. The shas and Lieberman's party have been sometimes described as Fascist and far far right. They openly try to embarrass America as being weak. They openly defy America when we send them billions in aid and unconditional support. It is in America's and Israel's interest for their to be peace, the parameters of peace are well known, and Israel is going to gobble up so much land in settlements, they are going to be a minority, with Palestinians being the majority. They got to make a compromise, or they really will become an apartheid state.

  • zsa zsa

    Thanks for this article. I live in california and will not be voting for Mr. Campbell after reading this story. For the people commenting about Israel in regards to this story, you are sorely missing the point. He appeases Islamists, they are the enemy so him being in Congress would weaken OUR country. Look past your dislike for Israel to understand this will hurt the U.S.A. We cannot have people in governmet who appease this people.

  • AntiFascist18

    Campbell looks a lot like a fellow Islamo-appeasing RINO, one Robert Gates.
    We need neither one of them.

    p.s. please don't confuse him with the solidly pro-Israel John Campbell who is currently sitting in Congress and standing up to the piece of crap known as Obama.

  • Marty

    Perhaps Campbell should read the quran or mein kampf or both. Each is a formula for mass murder and both are current best sellers in the arab Middle East and each was authored by a genocidal sociopath. It is silly to suggest that islam is a peaceful religion. It is neither; islam is really a death cult that regards democracy and western civilization as mortal threats to its totalitarian advocacy of pedophila, subjugation of women, and forced conversions.

  • Joy

    I hope that if all these facts & opinions can be spread to ordinary GOP voters, Tom Campbell's goose is cooked – and his candidacy is toast. Actually, he does have an uphill battle in the GOP primary election.

  • Stoffwechsel

    All these issues because of religion and the promised land? I do believe that these politicians shouldn't really take sides. If they hadn't been able to fix their disputes that has lasted for thousands of years, what do they think they could do? What could they possibly benefit from all this? Their meddling has caused Americans to be labeled as the devil himself which I believe caused 9/11.

  • chrise

    In light of his irrational views particularly on Islam, I hope his constituents will do the right thing and keep Campbell out of the Senate. Anyone who openly courts persons and organizations with questionable credentials should be kept out of political office.

  • rhonda

    This is a difficult one – while I am against his accommodation of radical Islam, I support his stand against Israel. I think Israel is getting away with murder in the Palestinian territory and someone needs to stem this senseless impunity.

  • cfds

    Consider, to start, Campbell’s most recent falsehood. In a February 24th interview, the candidate was asked whether there was any truth to an allegation that in 2000 he had accepted a campaign donation from Sami Al-Arian.

  • st catharines hotels

    I agree Campbell should not be in the senate next year.

  • kelowna hotels

    “If we’re going to look at suspects, we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list .”
    PLEASE, all countries would be on the list.

  • industry data

    In 2008, Campbell wrote in Reason that he would be voting no on Proposition 8 per his Republican beliefs that "government should be limited. You should try it. It is a good book

  • Articles

    How do you know if you're getting all the facts and which side to believe?

  • hcg wholesale

    very straight post! i love to read different people view point . you just grab my attention..

  • Julliesims

    I never know before about this before I read this page. Thanks for sharing this with us.dealing with flats and houses for sale and to rent in London

  • autocad

    Campbell took a leave of absence in 1988 to run for the Republican nomination in California's 12th Congressional District, which included his home in Campbell and Stanford University.

    sugarcrm development

  • Jackson

    During his two stints in Congress, Campbell was reckoned as one of the more moderate House Republicans. He was very liberal on social issues while conservative on fiscal matters.

    php training in kolkata

  • Jim Anderson

    I’m so super excited that I found this amazing blog. Hope you keep updating it, I really enjoy your updates. :D

  • jean

    I really don't what this issue started but when I read this article I really know. Thank you for the sharing of new updates in this site.
    Horse Medications

  • Jelly

    I understand that I too have began to laugh quite loudly, that appears to egg him on. That is how I justify going into the chains and that is the rule. asia teaching

  • asia teaching

    I understand that I too have began to laugh quite loudly, that appears to egg him on. That is how I justify going into the chains and that is the rule.

  • tefl courses

    I have just finished reading your posting on Tom Campbell. And I was very surprised.

  • austin home builder
  • led displays

    Great stuff here. The information and the detail were just perfect. I think that your perspective is deep, its just well thought out and really fantastic to see someone who knows how to put these thoughts down so well. Great job on this.

  • austin bible church

    I am very glad that I find your regular post here. Which seems to be very important and it made good time pass for me. I will always give a nice thrust look in to you from my bookmark feed. I don’t actually comment and don’t like to spend time in typing the comment. But here I have to do this because this deserves a good like.

  • test
  • Mreilly06

    Interesting article considering where Campbell is now.