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AIPAC: Where it came from, how it works, and how to defeat it

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Last Sunday the Council for the National Interest’s Alison Weir offered “The Nitty-Gritty of AIPAC” program to a national gathering of hundreds of Middle East activists at the Thurgood Marshall Center. Although the packed session was not recorded, audio from the main panel presentations at the 5/21/2011 “Move Over AIPAC” event in Washington is now available for download:

Janet McMahon, Managing Editor of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, explains the history and impact of “stealth PACs.” Why has the American Israel Public Affairs Committee spawned a network of PACs across America? Why don’t any claim affiliation to their creator or use descriptive names? Should they be consolidated to have reduced total contribution limits like other PACs? How has the American Israel Public Affairs Committee secretly coordinated stealth PACs, and what has been done about it?

Journalist Jeffrey Blankfort analyzes how the “Israel lobby” more resembles a “many storied hotel” where doors to the corridors of power and influence sought by Americans are locked. Review of legislative tactics and grassroots efforts to confront members of Congress and educate the public.

IRmep’s Grant F. Smith reviews AIPAC’s hidden history, violations of IRS regulations, classified information laws and the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act, as well as three programs designed to raise awareness, encourage accountability and trigger overdue regulation.

A handout of Smith’s Sunday presentation outline and three programs, FARA registration, exempt status revocation, and accountability for using classified information against industry and labor groups may be downloaded here.

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

September 22, 2011 at 6:23 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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