AIPAC versus leftists
The blame/credit for Nina Turner losing two times in a row can be applied to one specific special interest group.
“The reality is our organization has to be strategic about our priorities as we are getting massively outgunned by Republican donors funneling millions to SuperPACs like AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee] and DMFI [Democratic Majority for Israel] against our existing candidates.”
Today is primary day in several states, and AIPAC is back applying the exact same big money methods to a whole range of primary races. Bernie Sanders is denouncing the effort of right-wing Republican billionaires to buy Democratic primaries, but the DNC doesn't care.
The dirtiest one is in Pennsylvania.
The group’s pick, state Rep. Summer Lee, enjoyed a commanding 25-point lead over her closest competitor, attorney Steve Irwin, drawing 38 to his 13 percent. .. The poll, conducted by GQR, also found Lee holding a comfortable +29 approval rating among likely primary voters.
In less than a month, the United Democracy Project — the political action committee for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC — poured more than $1 million into ads in Pennsylvania’s 12th District. The bulk of the messaging attacked Lee, though just over $100,000 went to materials supporting Irwin. In total, United Democracy Project has spent more than $2.3 million on the race so far.
Why is AIPAC trying so hard to sink her campaign? Because Lee dared to write. “Inhumanities against the Palestinian ppl cannot be tolerated or justified.”
AIPAC’s United Democracy Project ran an April 22 ad that suggested that Lee isn’t really a Democrat. Two days prior, the group had released a slate of endorsements including more than 100 Republican candidates who voted to overturn the 2020 election results.
Her opponent Irwin, who led a division at his Pittsburgh law firm offering services in “union avoidance.”
Another place where AIPAC is making an over-sized impression is in North Carolina. Nida Allam was another Sanders progressive. She endorsed Medicare for All and Housing as a right. Then she criticized Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and the $3.8 billion a year in military aid the U.S. gives Israel.
In April, the AIPAC-affiliated United Democracy Project, Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI), and Protect Our Future, which is funded by a 30-year-old cryptocurrency billionaire, began saturating the Triangle with nearly $2.7 million in advertising on Foushee’s behalf.
Including what candidates have raised themselves, the contest is the most expensive Democratic congressional primary in North Carolina history. And as of Monday, the race has seen more spending from outside groups than any state primary for U.S. House in either party. That funding has propelled Foushee to a 19-point lead—a much more sizable advantage than her campaign’s internal polling had her at just a few weeks ago.
Also in North Carolina there is a race between right-wing Sen. Don Davis and progressive Sen. Erica Smith.
Smith has outraised Davis $831,937 to $612,266, but Davis has benefited from more than $2.3 million in outside spending from the United Democracy Project, a pro-Israel super PAC funded by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).