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AIPAC Announces Support for Over 35 Republicans Who Voted To Overturn The 2020 Election

Allan C. Brownfeld, Editor
Special Interest Report
April 2022

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) new political action  
committee (PAC) has announced its first slate of midterm endorsements. It  
includes over 35 Republicans who voted to overturn the results of the 2020  
presidential election after the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. The list  
includes Rep. Jim Jordan, who has been called to testify over his involvement in  
organizing the Jan. 6 insurrection. He supported Donald Trump’s suggestion that  
Democratic campaign staff members be executed for treason, saying it was “right  
on target.”  
Eleanor Clift, writing in Daily Beast (March 11, 2022) points out that, “Notably,  
Rep. Liz Cheney (who rejected Trump’s ‘Big lie’) did not receive AIPAC’s  
endorsement. Wading into this racist, anti-democratic, conspiratorial stew,  
AIPAC has alienated traditional allies… Abraham Foxman, former national chairman  
of the Anti-Defamation League, called it a ‘sad mistake’ to endorse candidates  
who undermine democracy.’ Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign  
Relations called AIPAC ‘morally bankrupt’ to endorse candidates willing to  
undermine democracy as long as they are pro-Israel.”  
J Street, the liberal Zionist group, issued a statement (March 3, 2022) declaring  
that, “Whatever their views on Israel, there can be no excuse for raising  
millions of dollars for candidates who threaten our democratic future…In recent  
years, AIPAC has run attack ads painting Democrats as terrorist sympathizers and  
fought against President Obama’s Iran deal…It continues to lobby against any  
meaningful U.S. action to deter settler violence, settlement expansion or  
discriminatory evictions. Now they’re committed to financially supporting dozens  
of Republicans who voted to throw out our election results.”  
J Street Vice President Logan Bayroff declared: “We must make clear that AIPAC’s  
support for these candidates endangers American democracy and undermines the  
democratic freedom of Israelis and Palestinians as well—just as it undermines the  
pro-Israel, pro-peace vision that the majority of Jewish Americans hold.” **

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