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September 29, 2014

Nunn Rebuts Ad Alleging Points of Light Helped Terror Group

Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is firing back at her Republican opponent's charge that under her leadership, the national service charity Points of Light steered money to a group with terrorist ties, the Associated Press writes. In a 30-second advertisement, Ms. Nunn, addressing the camera directly, calls the claim in ads for GOP hopeful David Perdue "a terrible lie and an insult to the millions of volunteers I worked with to make a difference."

The allegation stems from work done by a Points of Light affiliate that validated charities as legitimate for inclusion in a donation program for eBay users and served as a conduit for the gifts. One of the groups in the program, Islamic Relief USA, is a subsidiary of Islamic Relief Worldwide, which Israel claims is linked to the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

Ms. Nunn is on leave from Points of Light, which was founded by former President George H.W. Bush. In her ad, she says nonpartisan analysts characterized Perdue campaign spots highlighting the alleged terror link as misleading and that a Bush family member called the claim "shameful."

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy story on Ms. Nunn's nonprofit tenure and its effect on her Senate run.