U.S. Groups Funded Geert Wilders

    FILE - In this April 24, 2012 file photo Freedom Party lawmaker Geert Wilders addresses parliament in The Hague, Netherlands. With his mane of platinum-blond hair, Geert Wilders rose to prominence by hammering away at a hardcore anti-Islam message. Now, as the Netherlands heads into elections with economic crisis raging across the continent, Wilders has taken aim at a different target: the European Union. But this time, the populist firebrand's attempt to ride a wave of voter anger appears to be foundering. Wilders has tried to revive his Freedom Party's fortunes on promises to ditch the euro and ignore European budgetary rules ahead of the Sept. 12 election. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

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    Dutch politician Geert Wilders received financial backing from American groups that feared the spread of Islam, according to a new Reuters report. Wilders’s Freedom Party, which campaigns against immigration from non-Western countries and seeks to ban the building of mosques in the Netherlands, operates under Dutch funding regulations that do not require it to disclose its donors. Wilders received funding from the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum when he faced charges of inciting racial hatred in 2010 and 2011. Wilders has received either financial or moral support from conservative activists in the United States including David Horowitz and Pamela Geller, according to the report.

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