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U.S. Jewish Democrats are set to launch a super PAC to fight the Republican Jewish Coalition’s multi-million dollar campaign among Jewish voters in battleground states across the nation, Jewish Insider has learned.
In remarks to Pennsylvania Democrats at a Monday morning delegation breakfast in Philadelphia, Marc Stanley, the immediate past chair of the National Jewish Democratic Council, announced the formation of a super PAC named ‘Jews for Progress’ aimed to fight back against the RJC’s campaign.
“Sheldon Adelson and the Republican Jewish Coalition, and their allies, have pledged to spend $25 million to fight a war in eight swing states,” said Stanley. “You are going to see horrible signs like, ‘We can’t trust Hillary; she sold out American and Israel.’ It’s the only thing they can talk about. So Jews, we’ve got a super PAC called ‘Jews for Progress.’ We are going to fight that $25 million.”
“I am here just to tell you that help is on the way,” he said.
Jews for Progress was filed with the FEC on July 14, 2016. Michael Adler, a member of the NJDC’s Executive Committee, is listed as treasurer.
The formal announcement is expected during an NJDC event honoring outgoing DNC chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, on Thursday, an NJDC spokesperson said.
The full transcript:
“There’s a little war that is going to break out in Pennsylvania. Sheldon Adelson and the Republican Jewish Coalition, and their allies, have pledged to spend $25 million to fight a war in eight swing states. Pennsylvania, unfortunately, is a swing state. Their goal is to get ten percent of the Jewish vote alienated against Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and swing 10 percent of the Jewish vote. The results of that micro-war in Pennsylvania – if they are successful – would be 22,680 votes. I hope Pennsylvania is a blowout. I hope every state is a blowout. But the polls this morning, and the polls in September, are not going going to show that. We are going to have to work for every vote. So they are going to spend $25 million to try to swing that. You are going to see horrible signs like, ‘We can’t trust Hillary; she sold out American and Israel.’ It’s the only thing they can talk about. They can’t talk about domestic issues; they can’t talk about social justice; they can’t talk about choice, education, poverty and health care. They can’t talk about that, and they are wrong on Israel. Hillary and Tim Kaine are very supportive of Israel. But that’s the only thing they are going to talk about. So Jews, we’ve got a super PAC called ‘Jews for Progress,’ it’s in formation. We are going to fight that $25 million. I am here just to tell you that help is on the way.”
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