To find out, she tracked down "Iman Faisal." It appears that he has ducked out of sight and has resurfaced in Kuala Lumpur, byt when called there he quickly hung up.
Another interesting thing about his foundation. He's said he'll produce $100 million. But here's a quick look at his foundation's finances
Rauf's Cordoba Initiative was set up in Colorado in 2004 as a small, tax-exempt foundation. Over the first five years, the Initiative in its U.S. 2008 federal tax return reported receiving donations totaling less than $100,000. Here we are two years later, and the same foundation, hand-in-hand with another hitherto small foundation, the American Society for Muslim Advancement, run by Rauf and his wife out of the same New York office, has hooked up with a real estate developer named Sharif El-Gamal.
Has he won the lottery? Who's really behind this and who's supplying the money? Are all Arab Imams filthy rich?
Claudia Rosett is asking the questions that Bloomberg and the MFM should be asking ...
Whose show is this, anyway? ... Some Americans are left grieving afresh, and many are left guessing, while the mysteries multiply. At least part of the answer lies in such details as where is the money coming from. For that matter, where is Imam Feisal looking for it? And when will he make himself available to tell us all about it?
I would like to think that there would come a time and place of healing, but the secrecy - and the name Cordoba House - does not bode well for this project.