THO's Statement Regarding Politico Article

Last week, Turkish Heritage Organization’s (THO) name was mentioned in an article published in Politico (“Flynn’s Turkish Lobbying Linked to Russia”). While THO was not a central component of this story, the article makes several misleading, incorrect, and unsubstantiated claims concerning THO. Our attorney is in the process of determining appropriate action(s). 
 
The Turkish Heritage Organization (THO), a young, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was established with a clear vision and mission - to foster a deep and comprehensive dialogue that is independent of any political orientation to strengthen the relationship between Turkey and the U.S. Despite the worrying regional and global developments, since it was founded, THO’s programs and activities have always focused on the importance of this bilateral relationship.
 
THO is a professional organization and has always maintained this standard by officially documenting its activities regularly with appropriate government offices. Our records are crystal clear and there is absolutely nothing in our past that would constitute any illegal or suspicious activity.
 
THO will continue to focus on its vision and mission so that the relationship between the U.S. and Turkey can be strengthened. We realize how challenging this task is under the current political and geopolitical climate and how damaging such articles could be to those who are working diligently to change it for the better. We will not be deterred from our vision and mission – especially at a critical time when bilateral relations need to be improved.
 
Respectfully,
 
Turkish Heritage Organization (THO)