Pelosi Calls for Probe of NYC Mosque Foes, Backers

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is calling for transparency from those on both sides of the debate on the proposed mosque to be built near New York City's Ground Zero.

Pelosi said Wednesday that while she supports an investigation into who is funding the $100 million Islamic center, she also wants a probe of those financing the opposition to the project.

"There is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some, and I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition of the mosque being funded," Pelosi said.

Pelosi's remarks came after several New York House Democrats publicly broke with President Obama on the controversial issue. The president said the mosque developers have a constitutional right to build the Islamic center near Ground Zero.

Obama was asked if he had any regrets about commenting on the controversy.

"The answer is -- no regrets," Obama succinctly told reporters on Wednesday after a town hall-style meeting on the economy in Ohio.

In New York City, a new Sienna College poll shows that 56 percent of residents oppose the mosque while 36 percent support it.
Meanwhile, the mosque's developers have refused to rule out accepting funds from Saudi Arabia or Iran to raise the $100 million needed to construct the facility.

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