For the background linking AACL/AAPAC as a front for Albanian organized crime, mainly heroin-traffickers but also dealers in arms, forced prostitution, and other criminal activities, see The Balkan Connection, Part 1 and The Balkan Connection, Part 2. See McCain's Ties to Islamic Terrorists -- and Heroin Traffickers? for some of the background linking Albanian organized crime with the Kosova Liberation Army (KLA) and international terrorism.
The quotes are from AACL - Twenty-year History (I did a little work on the format); the images are from copies of reports of the Albanian American Public Affairs Committee on file with the FEC.
The Civic League Lobbies the Pope for Kosova
October 1998 DioGuardi and Cloyes travel to Rome to meet Pope John Paul II and to Bajram Curi, Albania, to meet with the Albanian refugees in the care of the UNHCR at the request of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and with leaders of the KLA.
May The Civic League Board attends the unveiling of the official portrait of Chairman Henry Hyde in the House International Relations Committee Hearing Room.
Congressman Hyde and Lantos convene a hearing at the urging of the Civic League on the independence of Kosova, at which DioGuardi and Cloyes testify. Lantos and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher vigorously oppose the U.S. State Department policy in Kosova of "standards before status."
The Civic League travels with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher to Albania, Montenegro, and Kosova. Rohrabacher meets with President George Bush and the head of the National Security Council to explain why the U.S. government should recognize Kosova's independence and support the new government of Prime Minister Sali Berisha in Albania.
Congressmen Henry Hyde, chairman of the House International Relations Committee, Tom Lantos, the Committee's ranking Democrat, and Dana Rohrabacher, and former Congressman Ben Gilman hold a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol building with the Civic League board to receive the one million petitions signed by mainly Kosovar Albanians calling on President Bush to recognize the independence of Kosova now. Chairman Hyde subsequently delivered the petitions to the White House.