Membership in the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has declined more than 90 percent since 9/11, reports the Washiington Times. Annual income from dues dropped from $732,765 in 2000 when dues were $25. to $58,750 last year, when they charged $35.
The organization instead is relying on about two dozen individual donors a year to contribute the bulk of the money for CAIR's pork-free $3 mil. budget
Asked about the decline, Parvez Ahmed, CAIR board chairman, pointed to the number of individual donors to the organization:
"We are proud that our grass-roots support in the American Muslim community has allowed CAIR to grow from having eight chapters and offices in 2001 to having 33 today," Mr. Ahmed said.
"Sure the numbers have declined, but the quality is way up, and we firmly believe every member will have his own chapter by 2010," he added.