Pro-Israel Political Action Committee Contributions to Congressional Candidates in the 1991-1992 Election Cycle

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Pro-Israel Political Action Committee Contributions to Congressional Candidates in the 1991-1992 Election Cycle

In the 1991-1992 election cycle, 54 active pro-Israel PACs gave $3,963,007 to 403 candidates for Congress, 79.5 percent of the amount contributed to congressional campaigns two years earlier. The 1992 recipients included 264 incumbents and 139 challengers. By party, recipients included 281 Democrats and 122 Republicans. During the same period, the only two active Arab-American political action committees donated a total of $38,313 to 29 candidates. Pro-Israel candidates therefore outspent Arab-American PACs by $103 to $1.

The results led to evident satisfaction among officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Israel's Washington, DC lobby. The Dec. 15 Jewish Telegraphic Agency bulletin quoted AIPAC legislative director Ester Kurz as saying, "While the challenges the pro-Israel community faces in the coming years continue to be daunting, the news that so many friends of the U.S.-Israel relationship will be sitting on key committees goes a long way toward helping meet those challenges."

Many members of the congressional committees that decide how much foreign aid goes to Israel received significant help from pro-Israel PACs. A complete list of members of all the Senate and House committees of interest to Israel, with the amounts each received from pro-Israel PACs, will be printed in the April/May issue of the Washington Report. A complete list of 1991-1992 recipients of funds from Arab-American PACs was published in the February issue of the Washington Report.

SENATE: Top Ten 1992 Contribution Career Total

Robert W. Kasten (R-WI) $134,450 $266,750

Arlen Specter (R-PA) 115,700 294,123

Bob Packwood (R-OR) 110,350 161,850

Mel Levine (D-CA) 108,000 171,980

John Glenn (D-OH) 102,300 119,800

Thomas A. Daschle (D-SD) 100,000 388,130

Wyche Fowler (D-GA) 90,950 216,300

Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) 86,850 144,175

Timothy E. Wirth (D-CO) 79,215 216,865

Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) 76,000 144,178

HOUSE: Top Ten

Richard Stallings (D-ID) $75,750 $113,000

Wayne Owens (D-UT) 65,700 182,750

Sam Gejdenson (D-CT) 51,500 220,604

Mel Reynolds (D-IL) 45,350 45,350

Les Aspin (D-WI) 38,750 113,800

Dan Glickman (D-KS) 35,400 71,450

Peter H. Kostmayer (D-PA) 31,150 159,800

Bob Filner (D-CA) 27,100 27,100

Richard Gephardt (D-MO) 25,500 68,630

David R. Nagle (D-IA) 23,900 49,600

State Office District Candidate Party

Alabama S Shelby, Richard C. D

H 2 Baggiano, Faye D

H 2 Wallace, George C. D

H 3 Browder, Glen D

H 4 Bevill, Tom D

H 5 Cramer, Bud D

H 6 Bacchus, Spencer R

H 6 Erdreich, Ben D

H 7 Harris, Claude* D

H 7 Hilliard, Earl D

Alaska S Murkowski, Frank R

S Smith, Tony D

H at-L Young, Don R

Arizona S DeConcini, Dennis D

S McCain, John R

H 1 Coppersmith, Samuel D

H 2 Pastor, Ed D

H 4 Kyl, Jon R

H 5 Kolbe, Jim R

H 6 English, Karen D

Arkansas S Bumpers, Dale D

H 1 Alexander, Bill D

H 1 Lambert, Blanche D

H 2 Thornton, Ray D

H 3 Hutchinson, Tim R

H 3 VanWinkle, John D

H 4 McCuen, William James D

California S Boxer, Barbara D

S Campbell, Tom R

S Davis, Gray D

S Feinstein, Dianne D

S Herschensohn, Bruce R

S Hughes, Teresa D

S Levine, Mel D

S McCarthy, Leo T. …