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Who is Marc Van Der Hout?

3:16 PM, Oct 1, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The immigration attorney for the accuser of California's gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has a shady past -- and has given a fair amount of money exclusively to Democrats. Whitman is currently being accused of hiring an illegal alien and trying to cover it up. Marc Van der Hout is the immigration attorney's name, and here's a primer the Democrats don't want you to see:

Van der Hout defends accused terrorists:

From a 2002 article in the San Francisco Chronicle

A Pakistani native who came to the United States more than a decade ago to attend flight school is being held without bail in Oakland because of his alleged ties to a man linked to al Qaeda terrorism. The Immigration and Naturalization Service claims that Nasir Ali Mubarak had an ‘association’ with Abdul Hakim Murad, who was convicted of a 1995 plot to bomb 11 U.S. airliners and who allegedly admitted connections to Osama bin Laden. Marc Van Der Hout, Mubarak's lawyer, said his client freely admits having known Murad in 1991 and 1992.

From a 2004 article in the Los Angeles Times

That group, the Moujahedeen Khalq, or MEK, has been on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations since 1997.... Federal investigators have not produced any evidence to show the Mirmehdis were MEK members, not even after a government informant testified that he recorded between 200 and 300 conversations with cell members, according to court records and attorney Marc Van Der Hout, who is representing the brothers.

From a 2005 article in the New York Times

A federal immigration judge on Tuesday ordered a former fund-raiser for a prominent Islamic charity to be deported, saying his activities posed a threat to national security. The judge found that the man, Abdel Jabber Hamdan, who has lived in Orange County for more than 20 years, knew or should have known that the money he raised for the Holy Land Foundation was being used to support terrorism. (…) Mr. Hamdan's lawyer, Marc Van Der Hout, said he was likely to appeal the deportation order, saying the government had not proven that Mr. Hamdan had knowingly aided terrorists.

And here's Van der Hout's contribution list, exclusively to Democrats and liberal causes:

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