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Hezbollah recruited GCO leaders and had maintained close contact with GCO representatives in the United States,” the department said.

Goodwill Charitable Organization purportedly provided “financial support to Hezbollah directly and through the Martyrs Foundation in Lebanon,” Treasury stated. “Hezbollah“s leaders in Lebanon have instructed Hezbollah members in the United States to send their contributions to GCO and to contact the GCO for the purpose of contributing to the Martyrs Foundation.

“Since its founding,” Treasury said, “GCO has sent a significant amount of money to the Martyrs Foundation in Lebanon.”

The department said the Martyrs Foundation channels financial support from Iran to terrorist groups including Hezbollah, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.