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Keith Ellison Failed To Disclose Group Tied To Muslim Brotherhood Paid For Mecca Pilgrimage

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, considered an early favorite to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, failed to disclose that a group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood paid for him to embark on a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2008, eventually leading the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into the matter.

Ellison’s secretive trip to the Islamic holy site, resurfaced Monday by the Washington Free Beacon, was first reported back in 2009 but has taken on renewed significance as Ellison jockeys for the top spot in a Democratic party reeling from a disastrous election.

The costs of the trip — totalling $13,500 — were covered by the Muslim American Society. Federal prosecutors said in a 2008 court filing that the group “was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” A House Ethics Committee investigation later concluded that the trip had to be disclosed as a gift to a public official. – READ MORE