Abdul Rehman Jinnah

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Abdul Rehman Jinnah (a.k.a. "Ray" Jinnah, Abdul Jinnah and Rehman Jinnah) is a Northridge, California, businessman and Pakistani immigrant who is being sought by the FBI on charges of Illegal Campaign Contributions and Conspiracy.

Jinnah, who hosted fundraisers in Southern California for Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barbara Boxer, has been charged with funneling illegal contributions to Clinton's political action committee, HILL PAC, and Boxer's 2004 reelection campaign, Robin Fields and Chuck Neubauer reported March 3, 2007, in the Los Angeles Times.

In 2004, Jinnah "was also involved in organizing the Pakistani American Leadership Center (web), which helped form" a Congressional Pakistan Caucus [1], which "was created through a Congressional initiative" of Co-Chairs Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.). [2]

Jinnah is accused of "engineering more than $50,000 in illegal donations to the Democratic committees. A business associate charged as a co-conspirator has entered a guilty plea and is scheduled to be sentenced in Los Angeles next week," Fields and Neubauer wrote.

Jinnah "attempted to circumvent election laws by reimbursing friends, business contacts and their family members for contributions made in their names, according to court records," Fields and Neubauer wrote. Between "June 2004 to February 2005, Jinnah directly or indirectly solicited contributions from more than a dozen 'conduits,' reimbursing them with funds from his company, All American Distributing, a seller of cellphone service and accessories. ... Authorities said the scheme allowed Jinnah to get around limits then in effect on individual donors of $5,000 per year to PACs and $2,000 per election to candidates, as well as the ban on using corporate money for political donations."

"Officials for both committees said they were unaware of the investigation or indictments until they were contacted by The Times, and said they would not keep the donations," Fields and Neubauer wrote. "Most cases involving issues of campaign finance errors or improprieties are handled civilly by the Federal Election Commission, rather than criminally by the Justice Department. Spokesman Thom Mrozek said he could not comment on how the U.S. attorney's office came to investigate Jinnah."


In 2000, Rehman Jinnah was described as "a US-based Pakistani and Adviser to the Chairman G-77 CCI of developing countries." [3]

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