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December 2011 Postcard

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DEAR ATTORNEY GENERAL. ERIC HOLDER:

Ever since the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) emerged from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1951, it has clashed with U.S. law enforcement. AIPAC and its predecessors have been investigated for election law violations, secretly laundering overseas funding into U.S. public relations and lobbying activities, use of tax-deductible donations to lobby, improper acquisition and circulation of classified U.S. government information, and Foreign Agent Registration Act violations.

AIPAC’s latest scheme is to use its tax-exempt alter ego, the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), to channel tax-deductible funds into its non-exempt lobbying activities. Please investigate and shut down future AIPAC-AIEF funded junkets to Israel! My member of Congress was elected to work for my neighbors and me, not a foreign country’s lobby. 


DEAR IRS TAX EXEMPT COMMISSIONER JOSEPH H. GRANT:

Ever since the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) emerged from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1951, it has clashed with U.S. law enforcement. AIPAC and its predecessors have been investigated for election law violations, secretly laundering overseas funding into U.S. public relations and lobbying activities, use of tax-deductible donations to lobby, improper acquisition and circulation of classified U.S. government information, and Foreign Agent Registration Act violations.

AIPAC’s latest scheme is to use its tax-exempt alter ego, the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), to channel tax-deductible funds into its non-exempt lobbying activities. Please investigate and shut down future AIPAC-AIEF funded junkets to Israel! My member of Congress was elected to work for my neighbors and me, not a foreign country’s lobby. 


DEAR U.S. ATTORNEY FOR DC RONALD C. MACHEN:

Ever since the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) emerged from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1951, it has clashed with U.S. law enforcement. AIPAC and its predecessors have been investigated for election law violations, secretly laundering overseas funding into U.S. public relations and lobbying activities, use of tax-deductible donations to lobby, improper acquisition and circulation of classified U.S. government information, and Foreign Agent Registration Act violations.

AIPAC’s latest scheme is to use its tax-exempt alter ego, the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), to channel tax-deductible funds into its non-exempt lobbying activities. Please investigate and shut down future AIPAC-AIEF funded junkets to Israel! My member of Congress was elected to work for my neighbors and me, not a foreign country’s lobby. 


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DURING THE SUMMER RECESS more than 80 members of Congress flew to Israel on a lobbying junket instead of attending to their own constituents’ urgent needs. Reform laws passed in 2007 were intended to prevent lobbies such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) from funding such travel. AIPAC skirts the rules using a slush fund called the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF).

AIEF has no employees or offices, but rather is housed within AIPAC’s Washington, DC headquarters. Although AIEF claims to be an educational organization, it makes no material available to the public and has no Web site. Detailed complaints recently filed with the IRS, Justice Department and Office of Congressional Ethics call for the immediate investigation, sanction and shutdown of this lobbyist travel agency. Shut down AIEF for IRS and 2007 lobbying reform violations!

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