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The numbers behind Ilhan Omar’s AIPAC tweet

Republicans and Democrats criticized Ilhan Omar, the Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota, after she tweeted that Republican support for Israel is linked to cash, particularly from the powerful pro-Israel group AIPAC.

Jerry Nadler, the New York Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, called Omar’s remarks “deeply disappointing and disturbing” and said she “appears to traffic in old anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and money.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi saidOmar’s “use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive.

The Center for Responsive Politics calls the overall pro-Israel politics lobby one of the most “active and well-financed” groups related to international issues in America: “It’s a highly fractious issue with high stakes and it plays a big role in domestic politics.”

Amid concerns that former president Barack Obama would be less supportive of Israel, donations by pro-Israel  political-action committees jumped in 2008, his first year in office.

In 2018, these groups (including AIPAC) spent about $5 million on direct lobbying efforts beyond campaign contributions; pro-Saudi groups, for a rough contrast, spent $19 million from the beginning of 2017 until October 2018. Read more

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The numbers behind Ilhan Omar’s AIPAC tweet

The numbers behind Ilhan Omar’s AIPAC tweet

The numbers behind Ilhan Omar’s AIPAC tweet

The numbers behind Ilhan Omar’s AIPAC tweet

The numbers behind Ilhan Omar’s AIPAC tweet