Saturday, 2 June 2018

Republican Jewish Coalition Emerges as Trump’s Hub For Raising Money, and Making Foreign Policy

One of the famous moments of the presidential campaign was back in December 2015 when Donald Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition that he didn’t want their money, or their control. “You’re not gonna support me because I don’t want your money. You want to control your politicians, that’s fine.”
Those words are among Trump’s most self-satirizing; because 2-1/2 years later, the deal’s gone down. The transactional president definitely wants the money. And the RJC definitely wants control….
If you read between the lines of recent news events, it appears that this organization that works hard to push Israel’s agenda inside the GOP has become the address for fundraising and foreign policy ideas under Donald Trump. The RJC has a lot of power in this administration; and international players know it.
Indeed, the RJC, which is closely aligned to Benjamin Netanyahu, has now cropped up in special counsel Robert Mueller probe of foreign influence. Not that Mueller is targeting Israel’s role in the 2016 election campaign. No, that job falls to us, yet again.
Let’s get to the news, and focus on three members of the RJC board: Sheldon Adelson, Norman Coleman, and Elliott Broidy (who had to resign from that board last month).
Adelson is one of Trump’s biggest donors. He and Coleman pushed for two major policy moves in the Middle East that have come true in recent weeks: Trump tore up the Iran deal, and moved the embassy to Jerusalem. Trump also named Adelson favorite John Bolton national security adviser.
On May 10, Adelson rewarded Trump by giving a check for $30 million to the Republican Congressional Leadership Fund to Coleman, with House Speaker Paul Ryan standing by. That fund is trying to save Republicans in the midterm elections, an existential threat to Donald Trump.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 2nd, 2018.]

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