Whos spending all this money to defeat progressives?

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee and Democratic Majority for Israel are spending big to eliminate progressives in Democratic primaries.




Conservative “pro-Israel” groups including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and Democratic Majority for Israel are suddenly spending millions to defeat progressive candidates in Democratic primaries this cycle.

Backed by billionaire donors, these groups aim to silence insurgent members of Congress who have broken with the deadly bipartisan consensus on U.S. support for the Israeli occupation.

And they’re winning. AIPAC, which also endorsed 37 Republican election deniers, successfully spent nearly $4 million through its super PAC to defeat Michigan Rep. Andy Levin, the most progressive Jewish member of Congress.

The groups also rescued anti-abortion Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar and ensured the defeat of Nina Turner, the former co-chair of the 2020 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.

From our founding, The Intercept has reported critically on... the U.S.-Israel relationship, the occupation, and how opposing voices are silenced. Now our reporters are among the very few scrutinizing how through-the-roof campaign spending is shoring up the Democratic Party establishment and perpetuating Israeli human rights abuses.

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The U.S. political establishment remains wildly out of step with the rest of the world in its unwavering support for Israel, even as groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have recognized Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as a form of apartheid in violation of international law.

Insurgent candidates — including progressive Jewish advocates — who hope to change the status quo are facing the ire of Israel’s powerful defenders in Washington. These conservative pro-Israel groups have faced criticism over the questionable accuracy and fairness of their attacks and for targeting “women of color in particular,” as Levin told The Intercept.

Progressive champion Donna Edwards was defeated in her Maryland primary by a corporate attorney after AIPAC put big money behind attack ads claiming that she failed to provide adequate constituent services. The ads were so scurrilous and dishonest that the group was even rebuked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, usually one of AIPAC’s biggest allies in Congress.

The public has a right to know when millions are being spent to influence elections — especially when one of the most important human rights issues of our time is at stake. That’s why The Intercept refuses to turn a blind eye or give a free pass to anyone.

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