AIPAC Super PAC Ramps Up Spending Against Progressive Democrat Summer Lee

Having tried and failed to forestall Summer time Lee from successful the Democratic nomination for the open U.S. Home seat in Pennsylvania’s twelfth Congressional District earlier this 12 months, a brilliant PAC fashioned by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is now spending towards the progressive candidate in her race towards Republican Mike Doyle.

In response to new federal filings, the United Democracy Challenge (UDP) has dropped practically $80,000 on mailers opposing Lee, who overcame millions in UDP spending to win the district’s Might major over company lawyer Steve Irwin.

Throughout that race, UDP — which is funded by outstanding Republican billionaires — tried to solid Lee as insufficiently loyal to the Democratic Get together. In one ad, AIPAC’s group slammed Lee for “preventing Democrats,” pointing to her previous criticism of the social gathering’s management and course.

However UDP’s marketing campaign to make sure Lee’s defeat to a Republican within the normal election additional exposes its major assaults as cynical.

As Haaretz reported Monday, UDP’s normal election intervention represents the group’s “first-ever spend in a Democrat vs. Republican election battle.”

“UDP got here beneath important scrutiny throughout the major cycle for its techniques, all whereas being considerably bankrolled by presents from Republican megadonors,” the newspaper noticed. “It spent a complete of $26.2 million — solely on Democratic primaries — with $10.5 million funding assault advertisements within the 9 races during which it immediately concerned itself, making UDP among the many biggest spenders this cycle.”

Usamah Andrabi, candidate communications director for Justice Democrats, wrote in response to information of UDP’s spending towards Lee that it “looks like AIPAC and the GOP have the identical agenda.”

UDP’s normal election spending was disclosed simply over every week earlier than the November 8 midterms, during which Democrats want to preserve their majorities and develop their margins within the U.S. Home and Senate.

Axios reported Sunday that the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee, the GOP’s Home marketing campaign arm, is making a six-figure funding in Pennsylvania’s twelfth District, a sign that the social gathering sees the competition as winnable. The Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee has additionally invested within the race, as has Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s PAC — although the latter has donated just $2,000 to Lee.

Fueling Democrats’ issues in regards to the contest is the peculiar proven fact that the GOP candidate has the identical title as retiring 14-term Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), prompting some reviews of voter confusion — and accusations that the Republican Doyle is attempting to capitalize on attainable mix-ups.

“They are saying, ‘I’m not going to vote for Summer time Lee as a result of she’s working towards Mike Doyle,’” said Katie Forsythe, a member of Westmoreland County’s Democratic Committee, relaying voter statements she’s encountered whereas knocking on doorways for Lee.

Earlier this month, outgoing Democratic Rep. Doyle announced his retirement for the second time in an effort to clarify that it’s not him on the midterm poll.