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      AMPCC endorses Bush for presidency

      Oct 23 [2000]: four Muslim organizations joined forces to found the American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC), to rally an Islamic vote behind one of the presidential candidates. AMPCC endorsed George W. Bush, who had met with American Muslim representatives early in the campaign and had also spoken out against so-called "secret evidence" provisions of recent immigration laws that allow for the detention of non-citizens without full disclosure of the evidence against them. AMPCC consists of  American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim Council, Council on American-Islamic Relations,  and Muslim Public Affairs Council.

      Bush support among Arab-Americans tumbles

      Detroit's influential Arab American Political Action Committee shocked Michigan political analysts by endorsing Democrat Dennis Kucinich for the nomination [in 2004]. Osama Siblani, the organization's leader, told The Associated Press that the group endorsed President Bush in 2000 but felt "stung" by the administration. Now it has decided to support candidates for their "principles" rather than their "electability."

      There is a lot of useful text under What Caused the Shift at this link. Npbeachfun, Feanor, it should provide you with the background you're looking for on the 2000 election.
      U.S. Muslim coalition endorses Bush - George W. Bush - Brief Article

      Swayed in part by George W. Bush's stance against racial profiling of Arab-Americans in the United States, the political arm of a Washington-based American Muslim group endorsed the Texas governor's White Housecampaign.

      At a news conference October 23 in Washington, the Political Action Committee of the American Muslim Political Coordination Council cited remarks Bush made during the second presidential debate as central to its support for his presidential bid.


      Those words showed that Bush "has elevated the level of his concern about civil rights of Arab-Americans in the United States," said Yahya Basha, president of the American Muslim Council, one of four member organizations of the Political Coordination Council. The other organizations that make up the council are the American Muslim Alliance, the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

      American Muslim Task Force’s role in 2004 election

      In 2000, African American Muslims, who are generally Democrat, were particularly upset that American Muslim organizations, instituted by the immigrant majority, had endorsed the Republican candidate without regard to their opinion and interests.... Muslim organizations had developed links with the Republicans during the 2000 campaign. The community must renew and strengthen those links. It should avoid ridiculing or condemning those Muslims who may choose to work with the Bush campaign or the Republican Party."

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