US Muslim Group Denies Decrease in Membership

June 14, 2007

Author: Khalid Hasan

Source: Daily Times

WASHINGTON: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has rejected a press report which said its membership has declined by more than 90 percent since the 2001 attacks.

The report published by the right-wing Washington Times said, “The number of reported members spiraled down from more than 29,000 in 2000 to fewer than 1,700 in 2006. As a result, the Muslim rights group’s annual income from dues dropped from $732,765 in 2000, when yearly dues cost $25, to $58,750 last year, when the group charged $35. The organisation instead is relying on about two dozen donors a year to contribute the majority of the money for CAIR’s budget, which reached nearly $3 million last year.”