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Sen. Hawley suggests investigation of Democratic ‘dark money’ funding terrorism

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(The Center Square) – U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., on Wednesday suggested the Senate Judiciary Committee investigate a Democratic Party-affiliated group reportedly linked to funding of Palestinian terrorism.

“If the Senate Judiciary Committee is going to hand out subpoenas, let’s start with this Democrat dark-money group that has poured $1 million into a Palestinian terror-tied charity,” Hawley posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. The post linked to a Washington Examiner story that details a network of left-leaning groups that steered funding towards a progressive charity with ties to a terror group.

Hawley was expressing frustration with the committee as Democrats last week wanted to subpoena Leonard Leo and Harlan Crow to review their alleged financial assistance for Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

The Examiner reported two tax-exempt organizations, New Venture Fund and Windward Fund, in October stopped providing grants to the Alliance for Global Justice, based in Arizona. In September, the Examiner reported the Alliance for Global Justice switched payment processing companies after pressure from a coalition of 11 pro-Israel groups linked it to Collectif Palestine Vaincra, a French member of an Israeli-designated terror coalition, Samidoun. The French group is linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group.

The Examiner’s Wednesday report revealed new financial disclosures. The New Venture Fund directed $501,500 in 2022 to the Alliance for Global Justice, and Windward Fund granted it $525,000, both for environmental programs.

The Alliance for Global Justice made $2.5 million in grants, according to its 2021 IRS Form 990, a required return for nonprofit organizations. It reported three cash grants totaling $27,657 to the Middle East and North Africa on the return. It reported $10.6 million in total revenue in 2021, down from $56.4 million the previous year.

The Alliance’s website states its “four areas of struggle” are economic justice, opposing U.S. militarism, real democracy and ecological integrity.

The 2021 IRS Form 990 report filed by the Windward Fund stated a $225,000 cash grant was made to the Alliance for Global Justice for environmental programs; the New Venture Fund’s 2021 Form 990 reported a $38,000 cash grant was made to the organization for environmental programs.

Arabella Advisors, based in Washington, D.C., is listed as the organization possessing the books and records for both the Windward Fund and the New Venture Fund, according to IRS documents.

Windward’s total revenue grew to $274 million in 2021, compared to $159 million the previous year; New Venture had $964 million in 2021 compared to $975 million the previous year.

Arabella Advisors was listed in the New Venture Fund’s IRS return as an independent contractor and paid $29.7 million in 2021; Arabella also was listed by the Windward Fund as an independent contract and received $4.2 million.

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