Abdul Rahman Al-Amoudi
Abdul Rahman Al-Amoudi founded the American Muslim Council, with the aim of the group being to lobby American politicians (both Republican and Democratic) and gain political clout for Muslims in America. Until 1998, he was involved with the selection of Muslim chaplains for the U.S. military (through the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council, which he co-founded in 1991), and acted as a consultant to The Pentagon for over a decade.
During this time Al-Amoudi served as an Islamic adviser to President Bill Clinton and a fundrasier for both Republican and Democratic parties. More recently, Al-Amoudi had worked with leading conservatives such as Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform. He became a U.S. citizen in 1996.