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.”

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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.”
How terrible!

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).
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earthling1's picture

just to see if they sanction me.
(Latches the door)

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

snoopydawg's picture

Or their abhorrent behavior at her funeral or has AIPAC silences her and Omar and the rest of the squad?

Shitlibs bitch about 8 republicans going to Russia once, but they stay silent about every democrat going to Israel EVERY year and sweating fealty to them. But hey..Russia right?

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

Allam and Smith were both beaten soundly.
Lee, OTOH, is an extremely tight race. While Fetterman won going away.

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TheOtherMaven's picture

is the Law of the Land ever since Citizens United. (It was unofficial but deeply entrenched tradition long before that.)

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There is no justice. There can be no peace.

With the nut bags marching around yelling "Jews will not replace us" and talking about Soros and Jewish space laser cannons it would seem AIPAC and the United Democracy Project could be a little less aggressive. It's not like most politicians of all stripes aren't already against the left. But I guess the shingle is out from our leaders that they're open for business selling us out cheap.

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The Liberal Moonbat's picture

@Snode

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In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

To paraphrase Jodie Foster: Human is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.

@Snode
Short-term they will overwhelm the leftist candidates.
Eventually they are going to alienate everyone on the left, and that will be in areas of the country where no amount of money will change the results.

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It's still extremely tight, but it looks like AIPAC might actually lose one

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Looks like an Israeli/Palestinian thing. With a Pac spending lots of money. I guess the thing to do would be not to comment on I/P, take the money, and vote how you want on issues as they come up. Jewish voters themselves can certainly vote however they like.

I like Sanders but I have to look at a candidate's stances on issues important to me.

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