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10-01-19 01:18:00,

AIPAC Takes Newly Elected Congress
Members, CNN’s Setmayer on Propaganda Trips to Israel

By Alison Weir

Newly elected Congressional Reps David Trone, Dan Crenshaw,
Elaine Goodman Luria, Tim Burchett, Denver Riggleman, and Susie Lee on a
December 2018 AIPAC trip to Israel. AIPAC’s educational arm spends about $10,000
a piece on these trips. By using a nonprofit entity, the Israel lobby gets
around a U.S. law intended to prohibit Congressional junkets funded by lobbying
groups.

January 03, 2019 “Information
Clearing House

–    The Israel lobby has been busy taking a wide variety of government officials
and opinion makers on fully expense paid trips to Israel this month. The trips
cost in the range of $10,000
per person
.

Six newly elected House members are on a 5-day visit to Israel, a delegation
of northern California “progressive leaders” are on a week-long trip, media
commentator Tara Setmayer has just returned from such a trip, and a delegation
of southern California progressive leaders returned from their trip earlier this
month.

The House participants include liberals and conservatives, Jewish
representatives and Christian fundamentalists, Trump supporters and Trump
opponents: Tim Burchett (R-TN), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Susie Lee (D-NV), Elaine
Goodman Luria (D-VA), Denver Riggleman (R-VA) and David Trone (D-MD).

The


California participants
are County Supervisors John Gioia and Joe Simian,
California Democratic Party Executive Committee Member Andrea Beth Damsky, and
unknown others. The delegations are named “Northern Pacific Progressive Leaders”
and “Southern Pacific Progressive Leaders,” but no one will divulge the rosters.

The AIPAC loophole

The trips are organized and funded by the


American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF),
 the nonprofit arm of the
powerful Israel lobbying group AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee).
AIEF was founded in 1989 “to advance the purposes of the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee.”

AIPAC is widely believed to be the most powerful organization in the US
lobbying Congress on behalf of a foreign country. An outgrowth of the 1939
organization “American Zionist Emergency Council,” AIPAC’s annual convention is
attended by ambitious politicians from across the political spectrum (see


this
 example;

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