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Bennett Tops Netanyahu in U.S.-Based Campaign Donations

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Bennett - Netanyahu election campaign donors. Image: Screenshot.

Bennett - Netanyahu election campaign donors. Image: Screenshot.

Jewish Home Party Chairman Naftali Bennett has raised more election campaign funds from more private donors than Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and on the PM’s “home court” – the U.S., Israel’s Walla News reported Wednesday.

Recruiting 35 donors to Netanyahu’s 21, Bennett has raised just over a million shekels ($254.8k) to his rival’s 800 thousand shekels ($203.8k).

Meanwhile, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, Moshe Feiglin, is leading former Labor Chairman Shelly Yachimovich by a large margin in local campaign funding.

To date, Feiglin has mustered 309 thousand shekels ($78.7k) to Yachimovich’s 131 thousand ($33.3k), from public donations. Trailing the two in local campaign fundraising is the Likud’s Zeev Elkin, who has raised about 50 thousand shekels ($12.7k).

Three Likudniks, including Elkin, are also enjoying the generous support of a Russian oligarch, Vladimir Gusinsky, who is the most prominent contributor to the current election campaign so far, according to the State Comptroller’s statistics.

Gusinsky has donated 11 thousand shekels ($2800.00) each to the campaigns of Elkin, Yuli Edelstein and Silvan Shalom.

On the left side of the spectrum, in the Labor Party, prominent MK Omer Bar-Lev has raised thousands of dollars both from top attorney, Giora Erdinast, and leading ad man, Ilan Shiloah.

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