Michael Pompeo

u.s. Secretary of state

affiliations

U.S. Congress: Representative from Kansas’ 4th District (2011-2017)

CIA: Former CIA Director (Jan 2017-May 2018)

Department of State: Secretary of State (May 2018-Present)

ACT America: Reward Recipient, won the 2016 National Security Eagle Award, their most prestigious award.

Sources of Funding:

Koch Industries: Pompeo received major funding from Koch Brothers during his Congressional career. He was dubbed “the congressman from Koch” by University of Kansas professor, Burdett Loomis.

“Pompeo received $80,000 in donations from Koch and its employees, making him the top recipient of Koch-related money in the 2010 elections...Now liberal groups have begun turning their ire toward Pompeo, who hired a former Koch Industries lawyer as his chief of staff and proposed legislation in his first weeks in office that could benefit many of Koch’s business interests.The measures include amendments approved in the House budget bill to eliminate funding for two major Obama administration programs: a database cataloguing consumer complaints about unsafe products and an Environmental Protection Agency registry of greenhouse-gas polluters. Both have been listed as top legislative priorities for Koch Industries, which has spent more than $37 million on Washington lobbying since 2008, according to disclosure records.”

SOURCE: Dan Eggen (Washington Post) (March 2010)

“Overall, Koch Industries contributed $375,500 to Pompeo through his six-year congressional career.”

SOURCE: Heather Timmons (Quartz) (March 2018)

bio

Mike Pompeo, the current U.S. Secretary of State, and one of today’s most significant political actors, is incredibly powerful and influential. Pompeo started his political career as a Congressmen from Kansas — with major backing from the Kochs — where he sought to pass right-wing legislation in the House of Representatives.

On issues relating to the Middle East, Islam and Muslims living in America, Pompeo has been a hardliner and has attracted controversy. He has been an outspoken critic of Iran, a majority Muslim nation, and the Iran deal, calling Iran a “despotic theocracy” while he was CIA director. Recently, as Secretary of State, Pompeo said, “We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s dangerous escalation of threats to Israel and the region and Iran’s ambition to dominate the Middle East remains.” He said Muslim leaders should feel culpable for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and has built relationships with notorious Islamophobes like Frank Gaffney and Brigitte Gabriel. Peter Beinart of The Atlantic stated that, “Pompeo has a record of making dangerously misleading statements about Muslims.” Indeed, Because of his anti-Muslim past, civil rights groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center were alarmed at his recent appointment as Secretary of State.

islamophobia

When running for Congress in 2010, Pompeo’s campaign tweeted an egregiously Islamophobic article about his opponent, Raj Goyle.

“A Republican congressional candidate and RNC committee member has personally apologized for a tweet his campaign sent out promoting an article that called his opponent a ‘turban topper’ who ‘could be a muslim, a hindu, a buddhist etc who knows.’ Republican Mike Pompeo, who is running for a congressional seat in Kansas’s Fourth District, called State Rep. Raj Goyle on Thursday to offer his regrets for the offending post, Goyle told the Huffington Post.”

SOURCE: Sam Stein (Huffington Post) (August 2010)

Pompeo suggested Muslim leaders may hold some responsibility for the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.

“In 2013, following the Boston Marathon bombings, Pompeo launched an attack on Muslim leaders, claiming that the Muslim American community had refused to denounce the attacks. ‘Mr. Speaker, it’s been just under two months since the attacks in Boston, and in those intervening weeks, the silence of Muslim leaders has been deafening,’ Pompeo said. The silence, he added, made Muslim leaders ‘potentially complicit’ in terror attacks.”

SOURCE: Lee Fang (The Intercept) (November 2016)

Pompeo believes that radical Islam is the biggest danger to America.

“This threat to America,’ Pompeo told a church group in Wichita in 2014, is from a minority of Muslims ‘who deeply believe that Islam is the way and the light and the only answer.’ ‘They abhor Christians,” Pompeo said, ‘and will continue to press against us until we make sure that we pray and stand and fight and make sure that we know that Jesus Christ is our savior is truly the only solution for our world.”

“At an evangelical church in his district that specializes in addressing ‘Satanism and paranormal activity’ — and standing in front of a Christian flag — Pompeo in 2015 spoke of the ‘struggle against radical Islam, the kind of struggle this country has not faced since its great wars.’ He warned that ‘evil is all around us,’ citing reports of terror plots, and cautioned the congregation not to be deterred by those who might call them ‘Islamophobes or bigots.’”

SOURCE: Lee Fang (The Intercept) (November 2016)

Pompeo tried to pass legislation (the same one promoted by Katharine Gorka) that would designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization which, in turn, could force organizations like CAIR to fold.

“In Congress, Pompeo sponsored legislation to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. If passed, the law could be used to allege that America’s most prominent Muslim organizations are abetting terrorism, and should thus be shut down.”

SOURCE: Peter Beinart (The Atlantic) (March 2018)

Pompeo, like his Trump administration colleague John Bolton, has deep connections with notorious Islamophobes like Frank Gaffney and Brigitte Gabriel.

“Pompeo is closely allied to prominent anti-Muslim figures like Frank Gaffney and Brigitte Gabriel. Pompeo appeared on Gaffney’s radio show at least 24 times between 2013 and 2016. In 2015, he participated in the Defeat Jihad summit of The Center for Security Policy, Gaffney’s organization. And in 2014, 2015, and 2016 Pompeo spoke at the annual conference of ACT for America, Gabriel’s organization, in the final year winning its National Security Eagle Award. When Pompeo was named CIA Director, Gabriel called him ‘a steadfast ally of ours.”

SOURCE: Peter Beinart (The Atlantic) (March 2018)

Pompeo nominated Gina Haspel, who was accused of overseeing the torture of two Muslim terror suspects, to be his deputy director at the CIA.

“Haspel ran the CIA’s detention site in Thailand, the agency’s first overseas secret prison. It was there in 2002 that she reportedly oversaw the interrogation of two terrorism suspects...When Pompeo announced Haspel as his deputy in February 2017, civil rights advocates widely criticized her appointment. ‘Pompeo must explain to the American people how his promotion of someone allegedly involved in running a torture site squares with his own sworn promises to Congress that he will reject all forms of torture and abuse,’ Christopher Anders of the American Civil Liberties Union told CBS News last year.”

SOURCE: Alex Ward (Vox) (March 2018)