NORPAC

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NORPAC is a bipartisan, multi-candidate political action committee (PAC) working to strengthen the United StatesIsrael relationship, founded in New Jersey in 1982.[1] Its activities include fundraising for Senators and Members of the United States Congress who support this relationship, regular emails regarding the situation in the Middle East, and the annual Mission to Washington.[2][3][4]

Supported issues[edit]

Each year, before its annual Mission to Washington, NORPAC selects 5 issues or bills it will discuss that year, including:[5]

  1. Foreign Aid to Israel
  2. IFSA, the Iran Freedom Support Act (H.R.282/S.333), which imposes sanctions on Iran in response to nuclear activity.
  3. USIECA, the US-Israel Energy Cooperation Act (H.R.2730/S.1862), which supports joint alternative energy research.
  4. PATA, the Palestinian Anti-Terror Act (H.R.4861/S.2370), which restricts aid to the Hamas-dominated Palestinian Authority (while still allowing humanitarian aid) unless certain actions opposing terror are taken.
  5. The Saudi Arabia Accountability Act (H.R.2037/S.1171), which imposes sanctions on Saudi Arabia unless it clearly shuts down terrorist organizations within the country and ends support for such organizations outside the country.

Activities[edit]

Mission to Washington[edit]

Each year, NORPAC sends a group of active members to meet with Senators and Members of Congress to discuss the U.S.-Israel relationship. The mission on May 2009 brought approximately 900 participants to meet with more than four hundred Senators and Members of Congress, increase in the number of participants compared to previous years.

Political fundraising[edit]

NORPAC hosts fundraisers for various political candidates who are supportive of the U.S.-Israel relationship. It is the largest donor of New Jersey senator Robert Menendez,[6] and regularly donates to various other politicians.

Organization leadership[edit]

National Officers

Founding Chairman Rabbi M. Genack
Chairman Emeritus David Schlussel
President Dr. Ben Chouake
Vice-President Dr. Mort Fridman
Vice-President Jerry Gontownik
Vice-President Robert Gottesman
Vice-President Drew Parker
Treasurer Kevin Lemmer
Director of Membership, Mission to Washington Coordinator Joel Davidson

Regional Officers

President, Riverdale chapter Josh Landes
Vice-President, Riverdale chapter Jeff Daube
President, Edison chapter Jeff Weinstein
Vice-President, Edison chapter Harry Bernstein
President, NY chapter Jason Muss

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dennis C. Jett (19 October 2017). The Iran Nuclear Deal: Bombs, Bureaucrats, and Billionaires. Springer. pp. 384–. ISBN 978-3-319-59822-2.
  2. ^ Silberman, Zach (February 29, 2012). "Jewish military veteran in key Senate race". The Times of Israel. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "NORPAC Hosts Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) in Englewood". JewishLink of New Jersey. August 26, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Judy Berger, Bronx and Westchester Residents Prep for NORPAC 2018, The Jewish Link, March 08, 2018]
  5. ^ http://norpac.net/legislation
  6. ^ "Open Secrets". Retrieved 26 March 2018.

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