Society of Americans for National Existence
The Society of Americans for National Existence, or SANE, was founded by David Yerushalmi, who is the driving force behind the anti-Sharia movement in the United States. According to the organization's tax filings, SANE is "dedicated to preserving & strengthening America's national existence through communication, teaching & policy." In 2012, SANE's revenue was $116,442.
SANE advances David Yerushalmi’s obsession with criminalizing Sharia law and pushes legislation that makes adherence to Sharia a felony carrying a 20-year prison sentence. Yerushalmi's most significant contribution to the Islamophobia network was as the author of the model "anti-Sharia" legislation introduced in more than 30 states. Text from Yerushalmi’s model anti-Sharia law made its way nearly verbatim into legislation in several state legislatures.
Responsible for the “Mapping Shari’a in America: Knowing the Enemy” campaign, Yerushalmi’s think tank presents Sharia as a pressing threat to American values and as a conspiracy to overthrow the government.
SANE has received $477,288 in funding from donors in the Islamophobia network between 2008 and 2012.
Source: Center for American Progress research is based on 990s filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.