A new political action committee (PAC) plans to unseat Palestinian American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib over her clear support for the people of occupied Palestine, the Intercept revealed on Friday.
The committee claims that it is “dedicated to empowering urban communities to narrow the wealth gap between Black and White Americans.”
More than 40 Black business and civic leaders launched the Urban Empowerment Action PAC in October. According to The Intercept, the committee “has picked its most prominent and first incumbent target this cycle: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.”
Longtime Israel lobby activist Bakari Sellers backing big-spending anti-Palestinian PAC https://t.co/MAJgeTRrpY
— Electronic Intifada (@intifada) June 12, 2022
It has labeled the challenge against Tlaib as its “premier race” and plans to spend at least $1 million to unseat her, arguing that Detroit, a city with a majority Black electorate, should be represented by a Black person in Congress.
The PAC is backing candidate Janice Winfrey, Detroit’s city clerk, who slammed Tlaib’s vote against last year’s bipartisan infrastructure package and her criticism of US military funding to Israel, which Winfrey supports.
This particular PAC is primarily funded by billionaire hedge fund investor and philanthropist Daniel Loeb. Its founder remains unknown.
New: the 1st & biggest donor to the Bakari Sellers-backed PAC planning to spend $1 million to oust Rep. Rashida Tlaib is a hedge fund manager who has given >$1 million to GOP committees & candidates this year, including Herschel Walker, & $125k to DMFI PAC https://t.co/pSUM6GDdzt
— Akela Lacy (@akela_lacy) June 10, 2022
Tlaib is facing her second primary as an incumbent in August. She has secured $15 million for local community projects in this year’s House budget bill, made efforts to extend the child tax credit, and secured the fifth-largest amount of Covid-19 aid allocated for America’s major cities.
“Her public scrutiny of unchecked US funding for Israeli occupation forces has made her a target of pro-Israel groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [of which Loeb is also a donor]… and Pro-Israel America, which endorsed Winfrey in March,” the news organization pointed out. “If they manage to unseat Tlaib, conservative Democrats would score a monumental win.”
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