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Progressive Jewish Voters Sound Alarms About Outside Spending in MI Primary


Monday, August 1, 2022   

CORRECTION: The organization's name is Jewish Voice for Peace Action. (8:05 a.m. MST, Aug. 1, 2022)

Tomorrow is the primary election in Michigan, and Democratic races have attracted what watchdogs are calling unprecedented amounts of money from outside sources.

The United Democracy Project, a super PAC tied to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has been the second-largest outside spender of the 2022 election cycle to date, according to nonprofit Open Secrets.

Barbara Barefield, a supporter of Jewish Voice for Peace Action-Detroit, said big money interests make it hard for voters to find out the truth, and it becomes even more important to make sure you know what policies the different candidates support.

"As a Jewish person, the really big lobbyists like the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and AIPAC, they don't speak for me," Barefield asserted. "They don't speak for all Jews. And they are supporting candidates and supporting actions that are making it, I think, more dangerous in the world."

In addition to supporting Democratic primary candidates, AIPAC has also endorsed Republican campaigns, including some candidates who were present at the Jan. 6th insurrection. Barefield noted she wants to support candidates whose policies are in line with assuring human rights for Palestinians, as well as other issues such as reproductive rights, clean water and education, to name a few.

Attorney Matt Clark, also a supporter of Jewish Voice for Peace Action-Detroit, echoed different policies matter to Jewish voters. He said as a father with two young kids, his priorities range from combating the climate catastrophe to ensuring a just outcome for Palestine.

"As a member of Jewish Voice for Peace [Action], of course, I care about the Palestinian struggle, electoral integrity, getting money out of politics," Clark outlined. "We can go on. There's just so many issues."

Clark added the political process has been flooded with ads and big spending. He noted in his district, Michigan's 11th, super PACS have put more than $3 million into the race, and outside groups have spent nearly $5 million in the 13th District.

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