A National Public Radio fundraising executive told an activist posing as a member of a Muslim organization that NPR could accept his donation anonymously in order to shield his group from a federal-government audit, according to secretly recorded phone conversations released today:
New video released Thursday afternoon indicates National Public Radio intended to accept a $5 million donation from fictitious Muslim Brotherhood front group Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) Trust — and that the publicly funded radio network might have helped MEAC make the donation anonymously to protect it from a federal government audit.
When a man posing as Ibrahim Kasaam asked, “It sounded like you were saying NPR would be able to shield us from a government audit, is that correct?” NPR’s senior director of institutional giving, Betsy Liley, responded, “I think that is the case, especially if you are anonymous. I can inquire about that.”
Betsey Liley, the senior director of Institutional Giving at NPR, made the statement during a phone call recorded by activist filmmaker James O’Keefe.
Liley followed up with the fake Muslim organization by e-mail, saying that “NPR can list MEAC as an anonymous donor in our database, which would mean we would not disclose the organization’s name. We do not publish a list of gifts, so it would not be an issue there.”
As the Daily Caller notes, the exchange contradicts NPR’s claim that it repeatedly refused a $5 million donation from the phony group.
“The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached, which we repeatedly refused to accept,” NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm said on Tuesday.
The full video of the conversation between Liley and the activists can be watched here.