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The Heat 03/03/2013 U.S. pro-Israel lobby

03-03-2013 11:00 BJT

The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee or AIPAC is considered as the most influential pro-Israel lobby in the United States.

Fortune Magazine routinely rates AIPAC as the second most powerful lobby in the United States, and that’s counting all lobbies.

More than 13,000 delegates attended its annual conference in Washington D.C.  last year—a conference featuring keynote speeches from both U.S. President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

With a staff of 275, AIPAC isn’t that big. But it’s also supported by more than 100,000 grassroots members across the political spectrum. As you might suspect, it’s got deep pockets.

The organization has an annual budget of $60 million and an endowment of $135 million – money used to support pro-Israel initiatives in the United States.

Since 2000, AIPAC has spent more than $5 million on sending American lawmakers to Israel 575 times.

And AIPAC’s website claims that the organization holds more than 2,000 meetings with members of Congress each year—and that their efforts help pass more than 100 pro-Israel legislative initiatives by American lawmakers every year.


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