Barack Obama’s national Muslim outreach coordinator resigned amid a controversy over his connections to man whom the Justice Department named as a co-conspirator in the racketeering trial of several alleged Hamas fundraisers. Mazen Asbahi joined Obama’s campaign just last week, and resigned in a letter to the campaign less than two weeks later, saying that he was stepping down to avoid distracting from Barack Obama’s message of change. Asbahi’s move came after the Wall Street Journal inquired about his relationship with Jamal Said, who served on a subsidiary board of the North American Islamic Trust with Asbahi in 2000, and was named in an investigation of alleged Hamas fundraisers. Asbahi himself, however, is not considered to have been part of the fundraising activities. Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter said that Asbahi is a victim of internet rumors, and a example of Islamophobia in politics.

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