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Then-Sen. Chuck Hagel (C) is pictured with Rutgers professor Hooshang Amirahmadi (L) and then-Iranian UN Representative Mohammad Javad Sharif (R) at a 2007 event. (Photo courtesy of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran) Then-Sen. Chuck Hagel (C) is pictured with Rutgers professor Hooshang Amirahmadi (L) and then-Iranian UN Representative Mohammad Javad Sharif (R) at a 2007 event. (Photo courtesy of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran)  

Supporter of Iranian dictatorship brought Chuck Hagel to Rutgers University for 2007 speech

A pro-Hezbollah, pro-Hamas candidate for the Iranian presidency, a man linked to Iranian-controlled front groups, brought former Republican Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to speak at Rutgers University in 2007, according to another professor on campus.

Hooshang Amirahmadi, who led Rutgers’ Center for Middle Eastern Studies when Hagel came to campus, is the founder and president of the American-Iranian Council. He arranged for Hagel’s speech on March 2, 2007, the faculty source told The Daily Caller. (RELATED OPINION — Chuck Hagel: the darling of Tehran)

Iran’s Guardian Council cleared Amirahmadi to run for the presidency in 2013. Approval of the regime is required before candidates’ names can appear on the ballot. To be approved, candidates must be Shia, male, and committed to the Islamic revolution.

He attempted to mount a campaign in 2005, but the Guardian Council disqualified him.

According to a contemporaneous online report written by a Hagel supporter, the former senator said during his 2007 presentation at Rutgers that the U.S. State Department “has become adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister’s office.”

The Washington Free Beacon first reported on that account, which was followed by a letter to Hagel from Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, asking for an explanation of his remarks.

A press release in 2007 noted that the “Rutgers Center for Middle Eastern Studies” — Amirahmadi’s campus group – ”is hosting the senator’s visit to the university.”

Amirahmadi’s CV discloses that he has received financial support from the Alavi Foundation, a wealthy organization that the U.S. government has called ”a front for the government of Iran.”

And IRS records provided to TheDC by FoundationSearch.com show that between 2003 and 2008, Rutgers University received $688,000 from the same foundation.

The New York Post reported in 2009 that the Alavi Foundation contributed $100,000 towards Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia University.

“We found evidence that the government of Iran really controlled everything about the foundation,” Adam Kaufmann, investigations chief at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, told the Post in 2009.

Farshid Jahedi, the Alavi foundation’s former president, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice for destroying documents connecting the foundation to Bank Melli Iran, the regime’s terror-linked national bank, and to the ownership of a Manhattan office building.

Jahedi was sentenced to three months in prison and six months of supervised release, and fined $3,000.