The US alternative media rightly like to point out how the big banks buy their influence in Washington, but they purposely fail to mention another more powerful interest group, with much more influence. For every dollar a lobby group donates, it wants something in return. According to our analyses, the big banks are not the principal contributors who pull strings in Washington. The money trail shows another influential group that have put their wealth and money behind both candidates.
Presidential candidates have always had their political action committees (PACs). These collected money from donors and used it for the campaign. Traditional PACs must abide by strict limits: the money can only be accepted from individual contributors (corporations and labor unions excluded) and its amount is strictly limited.1)Federal Election Commission, Contribution Limits 2013-2014.Super PACs differ from traditional PACs in that they are allowed to collect money in all amounts, from individuals as well as corporations and labor unions on condition that (i) this money will not be given directly to the candidate nor (ii) will the expenditure of the money be consulted with the candidate.2)Sunlight Foundation, 2012-01-31.This has opened up quite new possibilities to the presidential candidates.
For her presidential campaign Hillary Clinton raised through the Super PACs associated with her (Priorities USA Action, American Bridge 21st Century and Correct the Record to name just the biggest3)Inside Hillary Clinton’s big-money cavalry, The Center for Public Integrity 2016-04-13. )some $76 million in the Jan.1 2015-April 30,2016 election cycle, of which nearly 80% come from 20 donors. Haim and Cheryl Saban with their $10 million donation are top of the list, followed by James Simons and George Soros ($7 million each). Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Stephen Silberstein are among these who close up the list.4)The Top Donors Backing Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC, Forbes 2016-05-27.As of March 31, 2016 according to the Federal Election Commission Hillary Clinton received approx. $168 million in contributions from individuals, with Donald Trump having got a mere $12 million.5)The Federal Election Commission
Hilary Clinton is being supported by people from the media (Haim Saban, CEO of Saban Entertainment, his wife Cheryl and Donald Sussman), finance (George Soros, CEO of Soros Fund Management; Donald Sussman, hedge fund manager, Paloma Partners Management; Pritzker family from the Pritzker Group; and Herbert Sandler, founder of Golden West Financial Corporation), business (James Simons) and entertainment (Steven Spielberg, co-founder of Dreamworks Animation and Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of Dreamworks Animation). They have contributed six-digit amounts of US dollars, but since these need not be disclosed, the exact numbers remain guesswork.
Most of the Hilary Clinton individual donors are of Jewish descent and so though support pro-Israel policies in the Middle East. Saban, Katzenberg – known to have said that Israel “is a jewel. It’s this amazing beautiful gem that exists in a place where there are not a lot of gems”6)Jeffrey Katzenberg: Mogul on a mission, Jewish Journal 2013-07-17.- and Spielberg are ardent Zionists.7)Clinton will hold fundraiser in Tel Aviv, Mondoweiss 2016-04-21. Cited also in: Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton will Hold Fundraiser in Israel on May 17, Veterans News Now 2016-04-22.
The largest donation comes from Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl. Saban, the chairman and part owner of Univision, a Spanish-language media company, is known to have said in 2010, “I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”8)THE INFLUENCER, An entertainment mogul sets his sights on foreign policy, The New Yorker 2010-05-10.He holds dual citizenship, was a close friend of Shimon Peres, the President of Israel and remains deeply connected to Israel. He’s in the habit of watching daily Israel news, speaks Hebrew, travels to Israel frequently, where his mother and brother live, and has always had an Israeli adviser, and, as he says, his greatest concern is to protect Israel by strengthening the United States-Israel relationship.9)THE INFLUENCER, An entertainment mogul sets his sights on foreign policy, The New Yorker 2010-05-10.prior to donating to Hillary Clinton, Saban donated also to her husband. Should Hillary Clinton win, she is likely to at least partly follow Haim Saban’s advice on the Middle East and his hostile attitude to Iran10)Does Hillary Clinton Have a Haim Saban Problem? Forward 2016-08-08.as she is known to have declared time and again – “I have opposed dozens of anti-Israel resolutions at the UN, the Human Rights Council, and other International organizations,”11)Controversial Israel Supporter Funneling Millions Into Clinton Campaign, Alternet 2016-02-04.- her pro-Israeli stance. She had a fundraiser in Tel Aviv and she has close ties with two-decade association with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.12)Clinton signals to Jewish donors: I’ll be better for Israel, Politico 2016-03-07.And Haim Saban, her sponsor, has a very great influence on her. In an interview for Israel’s Channel 10 TV he said he is free to call Hillary Clinton whenever he pleases, advising her on how she should manage things.13)When Haim Saban Told Hillary Clinton To Stop Shouting, Forward 2016-07-29.
Donald Trump, who boasts of financing his own campaign from his own resources,14)Donald Trump Embraces Donors, Super PACs He Once Decried, Time 2016-06-17.is nonetheless being supported by the Great America PAC15)The Geat America PAC.and received this way some $1,7 billion.16)22 People, $43 Million: The People Doling Out the Dough for Pro-Clinton Super PACs, InsideGov 2016-04-14.He also happens to be backed by Sheldon Adelson, a Jewish billionaire, who has made his fortune from the Las Vegas casino holdings, pro-Israel philanthropist and Republican kingmaker and who endorses the GOP candidate with all his might.17)Sheldon Adelson: I endorse Donald Trump for president, The Washington Post 2016-05-13.Why? Seemingly, because, as he put it, “Trump is a businessman, [and] I’m a businessman.”18)Sheldon Adelson on supporting Donald Trump: ‘Why not?’, The Times of Israel 2016-03-17.Like Haim Chaban, Adelson is, too, a staunch supporter of all things Israeli: he funneled lots of money into Taglit-Birthright Israel that sponsors free ten-day trips to Israel for young people worldwide of Jewish descent19)TAGLIT – Birthrigth Israelgave $25 million to Jerusalem’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem and raised a further $20 million towards organizing against anti-Israel boycotts and activities on US campuses.20)Meet America’s Top 20 “Zionaires”: Billionaires Who Support Israel, Breaking Israel News 2015-10-28.Similarly to Haim Chaban Sheldon Adelson has also voiced a strong anti-Iran opinion, even calling for a nuclear attack on Iran.21)Sheldon Adelson Wants U.S. to Nuke Iran, Likens Two-state Solution to Russian Roulette; read more, Haaretz 2013-10-24. Also: Adelson: US should drop atomic bomb on Iran, The Jerusalem Post 2013-10-24.22)Sheldon Adelson: Attack Iran with an atomic bomb, YouTube 2013-10-25.
Both contestants have influential sponsors that are staunchly pro-Israeli, which will affect their foreign policy when they are elected president. Sheldon Adelson and Haim Chaban make no bones about their prime interest: “Sheldon loves the Jewish people and loves Israel. We don’t agree on the way, but the bottom line is the same.”23)When Haim Saban Told Hillary Clinton To Stop Shouting, Forward 2016-07-29.
The pro-Israel lobby is gaining influence in Washington and is running the US election for a reason. Both candidates receive either the vast amounts of money (Clinton) or other support (Trump) from generous Jewish-Zionist donors who thus buy their pervasive influence on US policy-making. Trump as well as Clinton have made the relation between the US and Israel and the interest of Israel the top priority of their US foreign policy. In their AIPAC speeches24)Hillary Clinton Addresses AIPAC March 21, 2016 [FULL SPEECH], YouTube 2016-03-21; Donald Trump Aipac Full Speech, YouTube 2016-03-21.they pledged to make the US foreign policy subservient to the Israeli agenda, which may please voters of Jewish descent but not necessarily others.
The Trump campaigners and the media are trying to hide the connection between the candidate and the Jewish community, knowing full well that Trump’s family has close ties to the Jewish community in that his daughter Ivanka is married to a Jew Jared Kushner and converted to Judaism, and his son Eric is married to a Jewish woman, Lara Yunaska.
The alternative media as well as the mainstream media conceal the unprecedented influence the Jewish pro-Israel lobby has on the elections and the consequence it will have on US future foreign policy. Whoever wins the US election, pro-Israel Jewish Americans have already won the American election.
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|1.||↑||Federal Election Commission, Contribution Limits 2013-2014.|
|2.||↑||Sunlight Foundation, 2012-01-31.|
|3.||↑||Inside Hillary Clinton’s big-money cavalry, The Center for Public Integrity 2016-04-13.|
|4.||↑||The Top Donors Backing Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC, Forbes 2016-05-27.|
|5.||↑||The Federal Election Commission|
|6.||↑||Jeffrey Katzenberg: Mogul on a mission, Jewish Journal 2013-07-17.|
|7.||↑||Clinton will hold fundraiser in Tel Aviv, Mondoweiss 2016-04-21. Cited also in: Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton will Hold Fundraiser in Israel on May 17, Veterans News Now 2016-04-22.|
|8, 9.||↑||THE INFLUENCER, An entertainment mogul sets his sights on foreign policy, The New Yorker 2010-05-10.|
|10.||↑||Does Hillary Clinton Have a Haim Saban Problem? Forward 2016-08-08.|
|11.||↑||Controversial Israel Supporter Funneling Millions Into Clinton Campaign, Alternet 2016-02-04.|
|12.||↑||Clinton signals to Jewish donors: I’ll be better for Israel, Politico 2016-03-07.|
|13, 23.||↑||When Haim Saban Told Hillary Clinton To Stop Shouting, Forward 2016-07-29.|
|14.||↑||Donald Trump Embraces Donors, Super PACs He Once Decried, Time 2016-06-17.|
|15.||↑||The Geat America PAC.|
|16.||↑||22 People, $43 Million: The People Doling Out the Dough for Pro-Clinton Super PACs, InsideGov 2016-04-14.|
|17.||↑||Sheldon Adelson: I endorse Donald Trump for president, The Washington Post 2016-05-13.|
|18.||↑||Sheldon Adelson on supporting Donald Trump: ‘Why not?’, The Times of Israel 2016-03-17.|
|19.||↑||TAGLIT – Birthrigth Israel|
|20.||↑||Meet America’s Top 20 “Zionaires”: Billionaires Who Support Israel, Breaking Israel News 2015-10-28.|
|21.||↑||Sheldon Adelson Wants U.S. to Nuke Iran, Likens Two-state Solution to Russian Roulette; read more, Haaretz 2013-10-24. Also: Adelson: US should drop atomic bomb on Iran, The Jerusalem Post 2013-10-24.|
|22.||↑||Sheldon Adelson: Attack Iran with an atomic bomb, YouTube 2013-10-25.|
|24.||↑||Hillary Clinton Addresses AIPAC March 21, 2016 [FULL SPEECH], YouTube 2016-03-21; Donald Trump Aipac Full Speech, YouTube 2016-03-21.|