Mark Siljander, who served Michigan as a Republican representative, has been indicted for working for a fundraising organization that allegedly sent $130,000 to an al-Qaida supporter in Afghanistan. He was also a Reagan appointee to the U.N.
Siljander, who was a Congressman from 1981 to 1987, has been charged with conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice among 42 counts. He was allegedly paid $50,000 by the Islamic American Relief Agency for lobbying services.
IARA stole the money from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Siljander was paid to lobby senators on behalf of IARA. An assistant attorney general said the charges paint "a troubling picture" of conspiracy.