American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) spends millions to influence Democratic primaries, with little scrutiny from media

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has been actively involved in spending millions of dollars in Democratic primaries, notably through its super PAC, the United Democracy Project (UDP). Despite AIPAC's notable history of lobbying for strong US-Israel relations and conservative political ideologies, its intervention in Democratic primaries has received little attention from the media.

This report examines AIPAC's influence in the Democratic primaries, specifically in the Maryland 3rd Congressional District, where the group spent substantial amounts of money to support candidate Sarah Elfreth. It looks into how Elfreth's ties to AIPAC and its conservative backing were largely ignored by the media, which helped her win the primary. The report concludes by analyzing AIPAC's ability to spend liberally in Democratic primaries without repercussions due to lax media coverage.

The biggest outside spender in the 2022 Democratic primaries was an unlikely group: the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). This year, AIPAC—a group backed by Republican mega-donors that is devoted to maintaining strong US support for the far-right government of Israel—is going even bigger, aiming to spend a cool $100 million via its super PAC, the United Democracy Project.

If the Koch brothers quietly spent millions to sway Democratic primaries, their chosen candidates would be tarred. Same goes for Big Oil, the NRA, and other right-wing special interests. But AIPAC is an exception to this rule.

"AIPAC is the biggest source of Republican money flowing into competitive Democratic primaries this year," Politico reported. AIPAC's UDP is "by far the biggest outside group in Democratic primaries," with more money flowing from UDP than the next 10 biggest spenders combined.

Despite being conservative donors' preferred instrument for hijacking Democratic primaries, UDP is described in media reports as "pro-Israel," often with little said of its right-wing funding. This glaring omission provides AIPAC with cover to play in Democratic primaries in ways other right-wing groups can't.

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