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

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