The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent out a fundraising email for #GivingTuesday earlier this week claiming that Facebook and PayPal would match up to $7 million in donations to the group.
“Today is giving Tuesday, a day where you can show your support for the important civil rights and advocacy work that CAIR does every day. Today also, Facebook and PayPal will match up to seven million dollars in donation. So I urge you to support CAIR as much as you can,” CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a YouTube video linked to in the solicitation.
But Awad’s plea for donations omitted critical fine print. Facebook and PayPal pledged to match $7 million in donations for all nonprofits that signed up to participate in the program, not just CAIR. Participating non-profits were allowed to raise a maximum of $250,000 total and $20,000 from a single donor. Donations would be paid out directly from Facebook and/or the PayPal Giving Fund, Facebook’s web page about the fundraiser said.
CAIR set at $150,000 goal for Giving Tuesday, but raised just more than 10 percent of that – $15,981.
“CAIR’s duplicity stretches from the grand (the nature of jihad) to the petty (claiming here to have access to 500 times more money than is the case),” said Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum.