I always say that the Israel lobby transcends party, it is bigger than party.
Dennis Ross doesn't care whether he's working for a Republican or a Democratic administration, and neither did Stuart Levey at Treasury. The overriding agenda was, Help Israel. Another case: A leading Democratic candidate for Mark Kirk's former congressional district north of Chicago gave money to Republicans who were supportive of Israel.
Daniel Treiman at JTA:
With only six days to go until their Democratic primary, Illinois Jewish congressional hopefuls Brad Schneider and Ilya Sheyman are engaged in a heated back and forth. (JTA's Ron Kampeas looked at the race back in November.)
At issue is Brad Schneider’s history of directing some of his political donations to Republicans, a practice he defends as having to do with the recipients’ support for Israel.
Schneider, who is active in Jewish communal affairs, has said that “90 percent of my donations went to Democrats and 100 percent of my donations went to support the U.S.-Israel relationship.” Indeed, it’s not uncommon for pro-Israel donors to give to members of both parties, but for a Democratic primary candidate this could prove to be a liability.