Eight months ago, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee became involved directly in the political campaign space by founding two political action committees. Now, after the Democratic primary in Michigan this week, the influential lobby group’s political experiment can be evaluated based on months of election results in key races it chose to get involved with.
In Michigan this week, AIPAC spent nearly $8.4 million on two Democratic races. One of the races, between Reps. Andy Levin and Haley Stevens in the 11th district, became a referendum on the internal American-Jewish conversation on Israel and how the Democratic Party handles debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By contrast J Street, the liberal pro-Israel group, has spent only $700,000 against Stevens over AIPAC's support.