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Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, May/June 2006, page 31

Election Watch

The Meteoric Rise of Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL), The New Darling of Pro-Israel PACS

By Janet McMahon

To paraphrase author Ayn Rand: Who is Mark Kirk? Pro-Israel PACs know the answer, that’s for sure: since he first ran for office in 2000, their contributions to Kirk have increased from a measly $7,006 to $66,064 in 2005—with 10 months yet to go until the Nov. 7 election. (Shelley Berkley, look out!) We’re not sure if the dramatically increasing sums mean his successive re-election campaigns have been correspondingly difficult, or if they represent a reward for Kirk’s being a self-described “acknowledged leader of bipartisan efforts to enhance the security of Israel.” No doubt AIPAC and its minions are most appreciative of the fact that Kirk, a Naval Reserve intelligence officer, “secured U.S. agreement to shared satellite surveillance information with Israel.” That must make his constituents at home—wherever that is—feel a lot safer.

Janet McMahon is managing editor of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

House: Current Cycle Senate: Current Cycle
Kirk, Mark (R-IL)
66,064Kyl, Jon (R-AZ)84,500
Berkley, Shelley (D-NV)
36,750Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI)55,296
Hoyer, Steny (D-MD)
28,500Nelson, Bill (R-FL)53,500
Cantor, Eric (R-VA)
26,500Conrad, Kent (D-ND)52,600
DeLay, Tom (R-TX)
26,000Lieberman, Joseph (D-CT)49,500
Engel, Eliot (D-FL)
22,000Santorum, Rick (R-PA)46,950
Shaw, E. Clay, Jr., (R-FL)
21,005Nelson, E. Benjamin (D-NE)46,500
Bean, Melissa (D-IL)
19,680Clinton, Hillary Rodham (D-NY)37,118
Hastert, J. Dennis (R-IL)
16,200Talent, James (R-MO)36,010
Pence, Mike (R-IN)
11,000Lugar, Richard (R-IN)32,250
House: Career
Senate: Career
Berkley, Shelley (D-NV)
243,705Levin, Carl (D-MI)657,887
Engel, Eliot (D-NY)
163,918Harkin, Tom (D-IA)520,450
Obey, David (D-WI)
150,100Specter, Arlen (R-PA)487,973
Hoyer, Steny (D-MD)
120,775Lautenberg, Frank (D-NJ)433,806
Kirk, Mark (R-IL)
119,382McConnell, Mitch (R-KY)377,685
Levin, Sander (D-MI)
119,227Durbin, Richard (D-IL)329,171
Lantos, Tom (D-CA)
112,750Reid, Harry (D-NV)320,301
Lowey, Nita (D-NY)
112,238Baucus, Max (D-MT)319,348
Cantor, Eric (R-VA)
112,230Lieberman, Joseph (D-CT)286,358
DeLay, Tom (R-TX)
112,050Wyden, Ronald (D-OR)277,562