- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 26, 2000

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Hillary Rodham Clinton blamed an unnamed ‘someone’ yesterday for her returning $50,000 raised for her Senate campaign by a group that backs the use of force against Israel.

“All $50,000, every penny of it, is going back,” Mrs. Clinton said, adding that she and her campaign workers had no idea the American Muslim Alliance was behind the June 13 fund-raiser in Boston.

Mrs. Clinton said she thought the event had been organized by Boston businessman Shahid Ahmed Khan. The Associated Press reported yesterday that no Boston phone listing for him existed.

But the American Muslim Alliance Web site features a photograph of Mrs. Clinton at the Boston fund-raiser holding a plaque inscribed with the group’s name.

The New York Daily News quoted the chairman of Massachusetts chapter of the alliance as saying it had taken over sponsorship of the event “about one week” before it happened.

The group’s national president, Agha Saeed, has said the Palestinians have the right to use “armed force” against Israel.

Mrs. Clinton stopped just short of blaming a vast conspiracy for the flap.

“Somebody was trying to take advantage of me,” the first lady said. “We have 13 days left in this election. Fasten your seat belts. You have no idea what’s going to be thrown at me.”

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