September 30, 2008

Advocacy Group Under Fire for DVD

The Clarion Fund, an advocacy group with a mission “to educate Americans about issues of national security,” has been accused of violating rules that prohibit nonprofit organizations from direct partisan political activity.

On its Web site, the fund says it is a nonpartisan organization.

The controversy erupted when the fund distributed millions of copies of a DVD about Muslim terrorists titled, “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.”

The move prompted the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in Washington, to file a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission that says the DVD was meant to benefit Sen. John McCain’s election efforts.

Gregory Ross, a spokesman for the Clarion Fund, told The Chronicle that the organization has not been contacted by the elections commission and denies any wrongdoing. “We have maintained to the letter of the law what we can and can not do as a nonprofit,” he said.