Meet The Donors Behind The Clarion Fund's Islamophobic Documentary 'The Third Jihad' - 2012-01-24
Coupling today's Times report, ThinkProgress is releasing a list of grants [PDF] directed to the Clarion Fund. The document, which discloses that Manhattan attorney Allen I. Gross contributed $100,000 to the Clarion Fund in 2007, is the most comprehensive mapping of Clarion's donor base to date.
Clarion burst onto the scene in 2006 with the movie Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West. In 2008, more than 20 million copies of the film were distributed to homes in presidential election swing states thanks to a $17 million donation, reportedly by right-wing and GOP donor Barre Seid. (Another U.S. group that aided the release later denied involvement but was found to be misleading reporters in order to cover up its role. The head of the group now sits on Clarion's advisory board.)
But the Third Jihad is not Clarion's latest project: its focus since shifted to Iran with the 2011 doc Iranium. Written and directed by Alex Traiman, "Iranium" prominently features hawkish experts from two right-wing Washington think tanks, Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.