McCain's Ties to McCain Identified "PLO Spokesman"
According to an article at Abcnews.com, ties exist between Rashid Khalidi, who has been identified as a "PLO spokesman" by the McCain-Palin campaign, with the International Republican Institute (IRI), where Senator McCain is chairman, having served in the position since 1993, providing funding to the organization, Center for Palestine Research and Studies, which was co-founded by Professor Khalidi.
The McCain-Palin campaign has called upon the Los Angeles Times to release video of Senator Obama who, in 2003, attended and spoke at a function honoring Palestinian Rashid Khalidi, a professor at Columbia University.
From the article:
That same year, Khalidi helped found the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, self-described as “an independent academic research and policy analysis institution” created to meet “the need for active Palestinian scholarship on issues related to Palestine.” (Its archived Web site is HERE.)
Khalidi was on the board of trustees through 1999.
According to tax returns, the McCain-chaired IRI funded the organization Khalidi founded and served on to the tune of $448,873 in 1998 (click HERE to see the tax return)* as first reported by Seth Couter Walls at HuffPo.
The IRI continued to give money to the CPRS after Khalidi left the group as well.
Click here to read, The Khalidi Gambit: McCain Attacks Obama for Connection to Palestinian Activist Whose Work McCain Helped Fund.