19 Americans are charged with plotting to overthrow the Egyptian government , including Sam LaHood, son of US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood,
To be clear, it is illegal for for organizations to conduct in political activities in Egypt. These organizations were operating under the front of doing community based civil work. Further they were working without permits, which is also illegal, and without work visas to avoid detection. They were also bringing foreign (U.S) money into Egypt with out a permit to so and then using those funds in a manner illegal in Egypt.
Sam LaHood works for the International Republican Institute. Their appropriately vague Egypt mission statement consists of ‘political party and candidate strengthening’ and ‘civil society strengthening. Higgins believes this is not permissible for outside groups to do in Egypt. Egyptian authorities certainly think so too.