Republican Jewish Coalition
The Republican Jewish Coalition founded in 1985 as the National Jewish Coalition "to be a permanent Jewish presence in the Republican community and a credible Republican presence in the Jewish community," its website states. The RJC is "the sole voice of Jewish Republicans to Republican decision makers and the Jewish community ... committed to building a strong, effective and respected Jewish Republican voice in Washington and across the country."
Bush White House connections
- Wayne L. Berman, Bush Ranger 2000 and Bush Pioneer 2004, member of the Libby Defense Trust Advisory Committee, and husband of Bush White House social secretary Lea Berman.
- Matt Brooks, executive director of both the Republican Jewish Coalition and the Jewish Policy Center think tank, "served as the national field director for Victory '88 Jewish Campaign Committee, designing and implementing campaign strategy on behalf of the Bush-Quayle '88 campaign."
- Lewis M. Eisenberg, finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, member of the Libby Defense Trust Advisory Committee, former chairman (1995-2001) of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, owner of the World Trade Center.
- David M. Flaum, RJC National Chairman, member of the Libby Defense Trust Advisory Committee, and Bush Pioneer 2004.
- Richard J. Fox, Freedom's Watch funder, long-term Republican activist, and chairman of the Jewish Policy Center, who served as Pennsylvania state chairman for the Reagan/Bush campaign in 1980 and finance chairman in 1988 of Jack Kemp's presidential campaign.
- David Frum, a former special assistant to President George W. Bush for economic speechwriting and credited with helping coin the phrase "Axis of Evil", who is now with the American Enterprise Institute.
- Sheldon Kamins, former executive committee member of Finance Committee of George W. Bush for president and Libby Defense Trust Advisory Committee.
- Ken Mehlman, former chair of the Republican National Committee.
- Mel Sembler, Freedom's Watch funder, appointed Ambassador to Italy (2001-2005) by President George W. Bush and Ambassador to Australia and Nauru by President George H.W. Bush.
- Ned L. Siegel, who was involved in the 2000 Florida recount and a Bush Pioneer 2000 and Bush Ranger 2004.
- Walter P. Stern, board chairman of the Hudson Institute.
- Ronald Weiser, Bush Pioneer 2000 and Ambassador to Slovakia (2001-2004).
- Fred Zeidman, a "longtime friend" of President George W. Bush and convicted felon Jack Abramoff's "immediate successor at the lobbying firm of Greenberg Traurig.
- No longer listed as directors are:
- Sam Fox, the Republican fundraiser from Missouri who was named in an April 2007 recess appointment as Ambassador to Belgium by President George W. Bush. Fox's 2004 funding of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth prevented his Senate confirmation earlier. Fox is also a member of the Libby Defense Trust Advisory Committee.
- Howard Leach, Freedom's Watch funder, served as Ambassador to France until 2005, Bush Pioneer, funder to Bush 2000 Florida recount, major donor to Republican candidates, and member of the Libby Defense Trust Advisory Committee.
- Kevin Moley, Freedom's Watch funder, served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2001-2006), as well as a Senior Advisor to Cheney for Bush-Cheney 2000.
The RJC has consistently backed positions which are on the far right of the Israeli political spectrum, and the RJC has pushed a Likud-line. In December 2011, Brooks removed Ron Paul from the RJC forum because he questioned the continued unconditional US aid to Israel.
Took George W. Bush to Israel
The Republican Jewish Coalition took George W. Bush on his first trip to Israel in 1998.
Smeared Howard Dean
In February 2005, the RJC "began running full-page ads in major Jewish newspapers across the country featuring a large photo of militants strapped with explosives coddling a young Palestinian boy. Above that arresting image is a quote by Dean: 'It's not our place to take sides.' Below the photo are quotes by Democrats critical of Dean. The ad effectively equates Dean's election with the appeasement of suicide bombers."
Slandered Jewish Democrats
During the month of September 2006, the Republican Jewish Coalition "deliberately distort[ed] the facts" and "placed ads in Jewish newspapers across the country making the outrageous and ridiculous assertion that Democrats are 'turning their backs on Israel.' At the same time, the accusation [was] made by individuals who ... sent out thousands of e-mails to all those in their inboxes."
Questioned loyalty of Jewish Democrats
In October 2006, on the eve of the 2006 Congressional elections, the RJC "call[ed] into question the loyalty of Jewish Democrats, and their party's attitude toward Israel" by running ads which "focused on supposedly 'anti-Israel comments' made by prominent Democrats, and the declining support for Israel amongst grassroots Democrats ... in nearly 30 Jewish weekly newspapers nationwide", with plans to expand into "additional publications."
"RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, 'The party of Harry Truman and Scoop Jackson has become the party of Jimmy Carter, Al Sharpton, and Cindy Sheehan. Jewish Democrats should take a fresh look and see if they are still comfortable with the growing influence of the anti-Israel radical Left within the Democratic Party.' The Republican party has been winning over more Jewish votes with every election - going from 11 percent in 1992, to 25 percent in 2004."
The following are listed among RJC's leadership.
- Leonard Abramson, Director
- Sheldon G. Adelson, Director
- Jeffrey Altman, General Counsel
- Wayne L. Berman, Director
- Kenneth Bialkin, Director
- Ronald H. Bloom, Director
- Elliott Broidy, Director
- Matthew Brooks, Executive Director
- Bradley Cohen, Director
- Charles M. Diker, Director
- Stephen Distler, Director
- Lewis M. Eisenberg, Director
- Michael David Epstein, Director
- David M. Flaum, National Chairman/Director
- Ari Fleischer, Director
- Richard J. Fox, Former Chairman, Board of Directors
- David Frum, Director
- Joel Geiderman, Director
- Tony Gelbart, Director
- Marc Goldman, Director
- Cheryl Halpern, Former Chairman, Board of Directors
- Joel Hoppenstein, Director
- Howard Jonas, Director
- Sheldon Kamins (Shelly Kamins), Director
- George Klein, Former Chairman, Board of Directors
- Suzanne Kurtz, Press Secretary
- Eliot Lauer, Director
- Laurence Carroll Leeds, Director
- Larry Levine, Director
- Mark Lezell, Director
- Marc Lipschultz, Director
- Earle I. Mack, Director
- Bernard Marcus, Director
- Jeffrey Marcus, Director
- Ken Mehlman, Director
- Larry A. Mizel, Director
- Morris Offit, Director
- Ronald Plotkin, Director
- Marvin Pomerantz, Director
- J. Philip Rosen, Director
- Lindsay Rosenwald, Director
- Alan Sager, Director
- Richard Sambol, Director
- Leonard Sands, Director
- Fred Sands, Director
- Jay Schottenstein, Director
- Martin Selig, Director
- Mel Sembler, Director
- Florence Shapiro, Director
- Mark Siegel, Director
- Ned L. Siegel, Director
- Walter P. Stern, Director
- Myles Tanenbaum, Director
- Allen Tessler, Director
- James S. Tisch, Director
- Ronald Weiser, Director
- Fred Zeidman, Director
Republican Jewish Coalition
50 F Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202 638-6688
Fax: 202 638-6694
Email: rjc @ rjchq.org
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- ↑ Lobbying Disclosure: Republican Jewish Coalition, Registrant ID: 32870, U.S. House of Representatives.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ari Berman, "Here They Go Again," The Nation, February 16, 2005.
- ↑ About the RJC, RJCHQ.org.
- ↑ "Rosner's Guest: Matt Brooks," Haaretz, October 1, 2007.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Libby legal defense trust's advisory committee," Dogspot, April 5, 2007.
- ↑ Walter Stern, NNDB.com.
- ↑ Advisory Council, CFA Institute/CFA Centre.
- ↑ Ronald Weiser, NNDB.com.
- ↑ Muriel Kane, "Fred Zeidman and the Republican Jewish Coalition," at-Largely Blog, April 14, 2007.
- ↑ Republican Jewish Coalition, NNDB.com.
- ↑ Chris McGreal, Ron Paul excluded from Republican Jewish Coalition forum, Guardian, 5 December 2011.
- ↑ "GOP Slanders Dems With ‘Anti-Israel’ Ads," The Jewish Daily Forward, September 29, 2006.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Manila Ryce, "Republican Jewish Coalition to Expand Political Ad Campaign," The Largest Minority Blog, October 18, 2006. Source: Matthew Brooks, "RJC to Expand Highly-Successful Ad Campaign," RJCHQ.org, October 12, 2006.
- ↑ Biography/biographies for RJC leadership, RJCHQ.org.
- ↑ Leonard Abramson, NNDB.com.
- ↑ Kenneth Bialkin, NNDB.com.
- ↑ Lewis M. Eisenberg, NNDB.com.
- ↑ David Flaum, NNDB.com.
- ↑ Ned L. Siegel, NNDB.com.
- ↑ Myles Tanenbaum, NNDB.com.
- ↑ Allen Tessler, NNDB.com.
- ↑ James S. Tisch, NNDB.com.
- ↑ Ronald Weiser, NNDB.com.
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