The civil rights group, long accused of ties to radical Islam, is on a list of 275,000 organizations who have not filed the requisite paperwork with the IRS to maintain nonprofit status. Tax law requires annual disclosure of assets, expenditures and salaries for 501(c) nonprofits. Both CAIR and sister organization CAIR Foundation have lost their status.
A CAIR attorney initially told POLITICO that its appearance on the IRS list referred to a defunct arm of the nonprofit, and that CAIR and CAIR foundation were unaffected -- a claim that a review of the IRS documents did not support. CAIR then told POLITICO the IRS was to blame, citing a number of other errors that have occurred on the IRS list. However, CAIR could not produce their IRS disclosure forms for 2007 through 2010 -- which are required to be open for public inspection.
Over the years, people affiliated with CAIR, including ones who served as board members, were connected with terrorist groups such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR was also named by the U.S government as an unindicted co-conspirator with the Holy Land Foundation.
Earlier this year, CAIR had to pull a poster from its website warning Muslims not to cooperate with the FBI, claiming it had been "misinterpreted."