The Jerusalem Post says that Romney is going to have a fundraiser in Israel:
Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will host a fundraising event in Jerusalem at $60,000 or more per plate on July 29, The Jerusalem Post learned on Wednesday.
Let’s be clear about recent events: Romney is going right after the Israel issue to get money, and some of his Jewish donors gave to Obama last time round. That Romney fundraiser in the Hamptons last weekend was co-hosted by Ron Perelman, who gave to Obama last time, as we reported already. Well, a second co-host was another former Obama backer who has now funded a group called the Emergency Committee for Israel that wants to bomb Iran (Ali Gharib reports):
According to the Los Angeles Times, one event was co-hosted by Daniel Loeb, a hedge-funder who turned against President Obama and bankrolled a neoconservative pressure group that called last month for the U.S. to attack Iran. The Los Angeles Times reported:
“At Romney’s luncheon with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at the Creeks, supporters were asked to contribute or raise $25,000 per person for a VIP photo reception. Among the co-hosts were lobbyist Wayne Berman, a former bundler for George W. Bush, as well as financiers Lew Eisenberg and Daniel Loeb.”
Loeb supported Obama’s first run for president, raising $200,000 for him in 2008….
Among the beneficiaries of Loeb’s shifting political allegiances was a right-wing pressure group [headed by Bill Kristol] called the Emergency Committee For Israel (ECI). According to FEC filings, Loeb remains the largest single overall donor to ECI’s PAC.
Typical of this coverage, Loeb has bitched about Obama’s treatment of Wall Street; but I wonder what your agenda is when you name your group the Emergency Committee for Israel? Eisenberg is also active in Jewish causes. Berman is on the board of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Recall that a year ago, The Hill reported that 67 Wall Street executives who gave to Obama the last time around are moving to Mitt Romney, and it cited five executives by name. I looked those five up and saw that most of them had given to Israel-related causes. Again, the Hill cited economic reasons for the exodus– the execs feel “betrayed” by Obama’s rhetoric about Wall Street. But one of these guys was on the board of AIPAC, another had given oodles to “birthright.”
Again, the critical issue here is that journalists would never allow religious Christian donors to mess around in our political system like this without asking about the effects on policy. I.e., when does this become a front-page story? There are very simple questions to answer: How much pro-Israel money is in play here? Do the money-hungry candidates even distinguish between Jewish and Zionist money? What do the donors say about Israel? And what is Obama doing to meet his erstwhile donors’ concerns? Are State Department prevarications about the Israeli settlement report a sign that Obama is hogtied on this issue? (Yes.)
Note that in Allison’s story of last night, the pro-Israel fundraisers are talking about Obama’s open-mic incident when he dissed Netanyahu to Sarkokzy a year back. A funny ha ha story then. But some folks took it pretty seriously. And by the way, Sarkozy who?