David Horowitz Freedom Center

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David Horowitz Freedom Center

The David Horowitz Freedom Center is a well-funded key organization in amplifying the alleged threats of Muslim extremism in the United States. Founded in 1988 by David Horowitz, the Freedom Center is one of the main organizations that “helped spread bigoted ideas into American life,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in America. In 2012, the revenue for the David Horowitz Freedom Center was more than $7.2 million.

From 2009 to 2011, the David Horowitz Freedom Center operated its own blog, NewsReal, which, among other things, promoted the myth that Muslim extremists infiltrated an array of political organizations on both the left and the right. For instance, the blog repeated Frank Gaffney’s discredited and outlandish conspiracy theory that the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrated the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Jihad Watch, directed by Robert Spencer is also a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. From 2010 to 2012, the Freedom Center contributed $170,500 to Jihad Watch. 

Built on the fear of an Islamic crusade against the West, the center and Horowitz have been organizing Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week programs on hundreds of campuses across the country. They have an online guide for student organizations to host the week-long event and provide speakers.


Source: Center for American Progress research is based on 990s filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.