The AIPAC Briefing Book – How to serve Israel

The AIPAC Briefing Book 2015 – How we serve Israel



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  1. worzzz Says:

    AIPAC has more than 100,000 members, seventeen regional offices, and “a vast pool of donors.” It has been called “the most important organization affecting America’s relationship with Israel,” and one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States. The group does not raise funds for political candidates itself, but helps organize to channel money to candidates.

    Its critics have stated it acts as an agent of the Israeli government with a “stranglehold” on the United States Congress with its power and influence.

    Pro-Israel interests have contributed $56.8 million in individual, group, and soft money donations to federal candidates and party committees since 1990, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. Between the 2000 and the 2004 elections, the 50 members of AIPAC’s board donated an average of $72,000 each to campaigns and political action committees.”

    Contributions from AIPAC members often constituted “roughly 10 to 15% of a typical congressional campaign budget.

    “Any member of Congress knows that AIPAC is associated indirectly with significant amounts of campaign spending if you’re with them, and significant amounts against you if you’re not with them.”

    The New York Times has described AIPAC as “a major force in shaping United States policy in the Middle East,” which is able to push numerous bills through Congress. “Typically” these “pass by unanimous votes.”

    Fortune magazine named AIPAC the second-most powerful influence group in Washington, D.C.

    AIPAC also lobbies for financial aid from the United States to Israel, helping to procure up to three billion in aid yearly, making Israel “the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance.

    The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs has estimated total aid since 1949 at approximately $108 billion.

    The bottom line is that AIPAC, which is a de facto agent for a foreign government, has a stranglehold on the U.S. Congress. Open debate about U.S. policy towards Israel does not occur there, even though that policy has important consequences for the entire world.

    AIPAC should have registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

    Spying allegations. – Franklin pleaded guilty to passing government secrets to Rosen and Weissman and revealed for the first time that he also gave classified information directly to an Israeli government official in Washington.

    The Israel Lobby (Mearsheimer & Walt)

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