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AIPAC Launches PACs, Will Directly Finance Campaigns

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Crews prepare the stage at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC, March 6, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Brian Snyder.

i24 News – The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, known as AIPAC, announced on Thursday the creation of two political action committees (PAC) to promote pro-Israel voices in the political arena.

“Today we are launching two bipartisan political action committees — a federal PAC and a Super PAC — to make us more effective in fulfilling our mission in the current political environment,” a statement from AIPAC President Betsy Korn said.

“The DC political environment has been undergoing profound change,” the message continued.

“Hyper-partisanship, high congressional turnover, and the exponential growth in the cost of campaigns now dominate the landscape. As such, the Board has decided to introduce these two new tools.”

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An unnamed AIPAC official said that the new PAC formations are an attempt to modernize the lobby, in addition to an AIPAC app and a greater social media presence, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA).

“The creation of a PAC and a super PAC is an opportunity to significantly deepen and strengthen the involvement of the pro-Israel community in politics,” AIPAC spokesperson Marshall Wittmann said, according to JTA.

“The PACs will work in a bipartisan way,” he added.

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