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“Very Abnormal”: Expert Worries Pro-Israel Megadonors Trying to Make Dems a “Pro-Netanyahu Party”

AIPAC has spent nearly $5 million to defeat Jamaal Bowman — and plans to spend over $100 million this year.

Photo: Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) speaks during a hearing with subcommittee members of the House Education and the Workforce committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 08, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

 

A fundraising arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has shoveled nearly $5 million into opposing incumbent Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., in his upcoming congressional primary as the group targets progressive critics of Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

After contributing just over $2 million to the race last week, the United Democracy Project (UDP) super PAC has spent another almost $1.3 million on ads supporting Bowman’s opponent, moderate Democrat George Latimer, and another nearly $1.4 million in negative advertisements about Bowman, campaign finance disclosures released Wednesday showed. 

Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for progressive consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, said that that sum is a “very abnormal” and “extraordinary amount” for an outside group to spend in a congressional race. He told Salon that congressional races typically only see outside spending totals in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for all candidates combined.

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