MEK Members and Pressure Groups Mobilizing to Support the MEK

It is illegal to coordinate with a foreign terrorist organization to advocate on behalf of that group. However, members of the Mujahaden-e Khalq (MEK) and groups that the State Department has described as Mujahaden “shell organizations” continue to actively lobby Congress and pay large sums of money to former U.S. officials to speak on behalf of the MEK.

According to the State Department, the MEK “has formed associated groups with benign names” to promote its cause.

Below is a list of groups that have advocated on behalf of the MEK. Aside from the Iran Policy Committee, none are registered as nonprofits with the IRS, and many are not registered as nonprofits with their state government either.

Committee for Human Rights in Iran
  • President: N/A
  • Officers: "The seven defendants who pleaded guilty are: Roya Rahmani, of Vienna, Virginia, 48; Alireza Mohammadmoradi, of Los Angeles, 38; Moustafa Ahmady, of Los Angeles, 54; Hossein Kalani Afshari, of Mission Veijo, 52; Hassan Rezaie, of Los Angeles, 54; Navid Taj, of Santa Monica, 58; and Mohammad Omidvar, of Corona, 54."
  • Website: N/A
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? Suspended
  • Notes: According to the FBI, seven individuals "admitted that they knowingly raised funds to support the activities of the MEK by collecting money from MEK supporters and soliciting money from unwitting donors at public locations, such as Los Angeles International Airport. The unwitting donors were told that they were supporting a charity called the Committee for Human Rights (CHR), which was sometimes referred to as the Committee for Human Rights in Iran. However, CHR was simply a “front organization” for MEK fund-raising operations in the United States, and CHR was being used by the MEK as a front to raise money to support MEK operations and activities, including its terrorist activities.
  • Address: 8703 LA TIJERA BLVD STE 204, LOS ANGELES CA 90045 
Iranian-American Community of Northern Virginia 
  • President: Shahin Haj-Momenin
  • Officers: Shirin Nariman, spokesperson
  • Website: No website
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? Yes
  • Notes: Assets frozen in 2004 for holding a fundraiser, allegedly for the benefit of the MEK.  For more information, see the Washington Post article, "Charity Event May Have Terrorist Link" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A58296-2004Jan28)
  • Address: 1160 ROBINDALE DR Great Falls, VA 22066 
Association of Iranian Women 
  • President: Shirin Nariman
  • Officers: -
  • Website: No website
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? No
  • Notes: The State Department has publicly described how this organization is part of the MEK's strategy of using "associated groups with benign names."  This group cosponsored the 2004 MEK fundraiser that led the U.S. government to freeze the assets of the primary sponsor, the "Iranian-American Community of Northern Virginia."   The President, Shirin Nariman, also served as the spokesperson for the controversial event.  Nariman now serves as a spokesperson for "Council for Democratic Change in Iran.
  • Address: 85 S Bragg St Ste 200a Alexandria, VA,22312 Tel: 703-941-8584  
Council for Democratic Change in Iran 
  • President: None Listed
  • Officers: Shirin Nariman, Mehdi Marand, spokespersons
  • Website: Archived: http://web.archive.org/web/20060206213002/http://www.cdc-iran.org/policy.htm
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? No
  • Notes: The Institute for Policy Studies' Rightweb describes the organization as a "front group for the MEK."  It has hosted a conference featuring MEK leader Maryam Rajavi. (http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Iran_Policy_Committee)  A spokesperson for this group is Shirin Nariman, who served as President of the Association of Iranian Women, a group the State Department has publicly described as being part of the MEK's strategy of using "associated groups with benign names." Nariman also served as the spokesperson for a 2004 fundraising event that led the U.S. government to freeze the assets of the primary sponsor, the "Iranian American Community of Northern Virginia."
  • Address: 3220 N Street, NW, Suite 152, Washington DC, 20007, 2829 
Iranian Society of South Florida 
  • President: Bahman Badiee
  • Officers: Mehraz Rahimi, Treasurer; Akbar Nikooie, Vice President
  • Website: No website
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? Yes
  • Notes: This organization has been identified as a “MEK front group” in media reports and cosponsored 2004 MEK fundraiser that led the U.S. government to freeze the assets of the primary sponsor, which called itself the “Iranian-American Community of Northern Virginia.” A key officer has paid the lobbying firm DLA Piper at least $210,000 to lobby for the MEK since 2008.  The Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee lists an award from the group on her website, and has received significant donations from its officers.
  • Address: 12973 SW 112th St Ste 246 Miami, FL 33186 
Strategic Policy Consulting, Inc.
  • President: Alireza Jafarzadeh
  • Officers: -
  • Website: http://spcwashington.com
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? Yes
  • Notes: A consulting firm run by Alireza Jafarzadeh, the “former” spokesperson and chief congressional liaison for the terror-listed NCRI.  A 2004 FBI report states “Soona Samsami and Alireza Jafarzadeh appear to be running the MEK cell in the Washington D.C. area.” SPC's website indicates a strong, if not exclusive, focus on supporting the MEK. Jafarzadeh speaks on behalf of the MEK at SPC press conferences, and Jafarzadeh was witnessed coaching witnesses before a Congressional hearing on the MEK in July 2011. 
  • Address: 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Suite 600 Washington, D.C. 20004 
Near East Policy Research 
  • President: Ali Safavi, President
  • Officers: Jubin Afshar, Phillip Laith, Nima Sharif, Hamid Yazdan
  • Website: http://neareastpolicy.com
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? Registered in VA
  • Notes: The President and controlling official is Ali Safavi, who is part of the leadership for the terror-designated NCRI.   Safavi has been photographed armed and in military fatigues at Camp Ashraf.    NEPR's website indicates a strong, if not exclusive, focus on supporting the MEK.   
  • Address:  Near East Policy Research Inc.P.O. BOX 11632 Alexandria, VA 22312 
Iranian American Community of Northern California 
  • President: Ahmad Moeinimanesh
  • Officers: Hamid Azimi, spokesman
  • Website: http://www.iacnorcal.com/
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? Yes
  • Notes: According to The Hill newspaper, Hamid Azimi was "once president of the Southern California Society of Iranian Scholars and Professors, another MEK front group."  A 2005 conference by the group featured MEK leader Maryam Rajavi.  The Hill newspaper has also reported: (http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/165921-top-lobby-firm-works-to-remove-group-from-terrorist-list) "Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has registered to lobby on behalf of the Iranian American Community of Northern California to support removal of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) — otherwise known as the People's Mujahedin of Iran — from the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations list, according to lobbying disclosure records released two weeks ago.

    Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); Ted “Judge” Poe (R-TX); John Lewis (D-GA); Darrell Issa (R-CA); Brad Sherman (D-CA); Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX); Judi Chu (D-CA); David Scott (D-GA); and Hank Johnson (D-GA), as well as General James T. Conway, Howard Dean, Louis Freeh, Anita McBride, Ed Rendell, Sara Sewall, Hugh Shelton, Togo West Jr., James Jones, Michael Mukasey, Tom Ridge, Paula Dobriansky, Louis Freeh, and Dell Dailey have spoken at events organized by the "Iranian American Community of Northern California." Several prominent former officials have acknowledged being paid significant amounts of money to speak about the MEK. 
     
      
  • Address:  1164 SOLANO AVE STE 118 ALBANY CA 94706 
California Society for Democracy in Iran 
  • President: Nasser Sharif
  • Officers: -
  • Website: http://californiasdi.org
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? No
  • Notes: -   
  • Address:  2892 Bellflower Blvd, Suite # 276 Long Beach CA 90815 
Southern California Society for Democracy in Iran 
  • President: Nasser Sharif
  • Officers: -
  • Website: No website
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? Suspended 
  • Notes: John Bolton, Andrew Card, Michael Mukasey, John Sano, Steven Schneebaum, Robert Torricelli, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Bob Filner, Rep. Ted Poe, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, have spoken at events organized by this group. Several prominent former officials have acknowledged being paid significant amounts of money to speak about the MEK.    
  • Address:  3141 OCANA AVE. LONG BEACH CA 90808 
Near East Human Rights Initiative, Inc 
  • President: Robert Bruce McColm (Director)
  • Officers: None listed
  • Website: http://www.nehri.org/
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? Registered in VA on 4/11/11
  • Notes: Robert Bruce McColm is a Chairman at the pro-MEK Iran Policy Committee and is the President of "International Decision Strategies," which is based out of the same row house as "Near East Human Rights Initiative" -- 911 Duke St. in Arlington, VA.  Bartel & Associates, which provides accounting services for the Iran Policy Committee, is also based out of the same house. McColm's International Decision Strategies and Bartel & Associates both provided services to Ahmad Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress, a group notorious for providing faulty intelligence to promote war with Iraq.  The Iran Policy Committee was  based out of the same house for the first year of its existence.  For more information, please see the article "Neocon Iran Policy Committee tied to disgraced Iraqi National Congress" and "Bruce McColm’s Dealings With Equatorial Guinea".

    Andrew Card, Howard Dean, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Tom Ridge, Philip Zelikow, Michael Sheehan, Colonel Gary Morsch, and Amb. Mitchell Reiss all recently spoke at an event organized by this group.  Several prominent former officials have acknowledged being paid significant amounts of money to speak about the MEK.
     
      
  • Address:  911 Duke Street, Alexandria Virginia, 22314 Tel.: 571-505-3604; info@NEHRI.org 
Iran Policy Committee 
  • President: Raymond Tanter
  • Officers: Bruce McColm, Charles Nash
  • Website: http://www.iranpolicy.org/ 
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? Yes
  • Registered non-profit with State? Yes
  • Notes: Robert Bruce McColm is a Chairman at the pro-MEK Iran Policy Committee and is the President of "International Decision Strategies," which is based out of the same row house as "Near East Human Rights Initiative," 911 Duke St. in Arlington, VA.  Bartel & Associates, which provides accounting services for the Iran Policy Committee, is also based out of the same house. International Decision Strategies and Bartel & Associates both provided services to Ahmad Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress, a group notorious for providing faulty intelligence to promote war with Iraq. The Iran Policy Committee was  based out of the same house for the first year of its existence.  For more information, please see the article "Neocon Iran Policy Committee tied to disgraced Iraqi National Congress" and "Bruce McColm’s Dealings With Equatorial Guinea".   
  • Address:  3700 Massachusetts AVE, NW Suite 507, Washington DC 20016 
Iranian American Cultural Association of Missouri 
  • President: Kasra Nejat
  • Officers: -
  • Website: No website
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? Yes
  • Notes: This group cosponsored the 2004 MEK fundraiser that led the U.S. government to freeze the assets of the primary sponsor, the "Iranian-American Community of Northern Virginia."   
  • Address:  903 Cleta Drive  Ballwin, MO 63021-6571 
Iranian American Community in Illinois 
  • President: Hossein Beladi; Morton Grove, IL
  • Officers: JManoochehr Shadnia, Vice President
                  Mohammad Salem, Secretary 
                  Ozra Movahedan, Board Member
                  Nosratollah Kandezi, Director of Transportation & Logistics
                  Parviz Nejad, Director of Transportation & Logistics
                  Ed Veissy, Publisher
                  Mark Soleimany, Director of Outreach
                  Fatemeh Nema, Director of Women's Program
                  Sara Shadnia, Director of Youth Programs
                  Hanifeh Khoda, Director of Youth Programs 
  • Website: No website
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? No
  • Notes: A previous organization started by Hossein Beladi was "involuntarily dissolved" (Iranian American Community of Illinois).    
  • Address:  9332 Luna Ave. Morton Grove, IL. 60053-1544 
Colorado's Iranian American Community 
Iranian American Cultural Society of Michigan 
  • President: Mike Khodadost
  • Officers: -
  • Website: http://iacsmichigan.org
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? No
  • Notes: -   
  • Address:  P.O. Box 130016 Ann Arbor, MI, 48113 (734) 669-44-33 
Iranian American Society of Texas 
Iranian-American Community of North Texas 
  • President:  Homeira Hesami
  • Officers: Khadigeh Ahmady, Ali Asadian, Khadigeh Asadian, (Directors)
  • Website: http://iacnt.com
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? Yes
  • Notes: Has paid the firm DiGenova & Toensing at least $60,000 for services, including lobbying for the "REMOVAL OF MUJAHEEDIN-E KHALQ (MEK) FROM U.S. DEPT. OF STATE FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION (FTO) LIST."   
  • Address:  1124 Emily Ln Carrollton, TX 75010 
The National Coalition of Pro-Democracy Advocates 
  • President: Dr. Haydar Akbari
  • Officers: Nasser Rashidi, Executive Director
                  Shahab Sariri, Vice Chairman and Director of Public Relations
                  Mrs. Cynthia Lou Besharatpour, Secretary
                  Daniel M. Zucker, Board of Counselors
  • Website: http://www.ncpdaus.org/
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? License Revoked
  • Registered non-profit with State? No
  • Notes: According to Guidestar, "this organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted."  Nasser Rashidi reportedly (http://www.warandpiece.com/blogdirs/001883.html) bankrolled a 2005 event that featured MEK leader Maryam Rajavi.    
  • Address:  2020 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 235 Washington, DC 20006 
US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents 
  • President: Not listed
  • Officers: -
  • Website: http://www.usccar.org/ 
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? No
  • Notes: Located in the same building as the "The National Coalition of Pro-Democracy Advocates"   
  • Address:  2020 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, #195 Washington, DC 20006 
Human Rights and Democracy International
  • President: -
  • Officers: -
  • Website: www.hrdip.com
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? No
  • Notes: Shares the same address as "US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents" 
  • Address:  2020 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, #195 Washington, DC 20006 
Association of Iranian Americans in New York
  • President: Mohammad Alafchi
  • Officers: -
  • Website: http://aiainy.org
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? No
  • Notes: - 
  • Address:  -
Association of Iranian Scholars and Professionals
  • President: -
  • Officers: -
  • Website: www.hrdip.com
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? No
  • Notes: Shares the same address as "US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents" 
  • Address:  2020 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, #195 Washington, DC 20006 
Human Rights and Democracy International
  • President: -
  • Officers: -
  • Website: -
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? No
  • Notes: The State Department has publicly described how this organization is part of the MEK's strategy of using "associated groups with benign names."  This group cosponsored the 2004 MEK fundraiser that led the U.S. government to freeze the assets of the primary sponsor, the "Iranian-American Community of Northern Virginia."  
  • Address:  - 
Iranian American Community of Georgia
  • President: Javad Mirzai
  • Officers: -
  • Website: No website
  • Registered non-profit with IRS? No
  • Registered non-profit with State? Dissolved/Revoked
  • Notes: -
  • Address:  145 NORTHWOOD DR., #D-6 ATLANTA GA 30342