You can find updated information on Legistorm.com
March 19, 2011 last updated June 21, 2011
by C.A.S.I.L.I.P.S. - Citizens Against Special Interest Lobbying in Public Schools
- based on information from Legistorm website, accessed June 20, 2011
- search covered period 01/01/2000 - 06/20/2011
Here are details for each sponsor:
Institute of Interfaith Dialog for World Peace
Maryland Institute for Dialog
Mid-Atlantic Federation of Turkic American Associations - MAFTAA
Pacifica Institute / West America Turkic Council
It is baffling that while the Rumi Forum spent at least $73,980 (and the actual value of these trips may be greater than the declared value) to pay for trips of Congressional staffers and one Congresswoman in the year 2008, nevertheless it declared on its 2008 IRS Form 990 $0 in expenses for "Payments of travel or entertainment expenses for any federal, state or local public officials." Even supposing that perhaps Congressional staffers are not legally classified by the IRS as "public officials," Congresswoman Betty McCollum certainly was. The Rumi Forum also declared $0 in "lobbying" expenses.
Does the IRS truly accept that all these Congressional trips are not lobbying, but rather just "educational"? Not to mention all the other activities that politicians are invited to - seminars, conferences, dinners,...