JStreetPAC is the first and only federal political action committee established to explicitly promote meaningful American leadership to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peacefully and diplomatically.
The PAC's goal is to demonstrate that there is meaningful support available to candidates for federal office from large numbers of Americans who believe a new direction in American policy will advance US interests in the Middle East and promote real peace and security for Israel and the region.
In 2008, the PAC endorsed 41 candidates for the Senate and House and raised over $578,000 to help them win. Read our 2008 Election Report here.
Building on the success of our inaugural cycle, JStreetPAC grew into a major political force in 2010 by distributing over $1.5 million to 61 endorsed candidates, more than 2.5 times more than 2008. JStreetPAC’s 2010 endorsees fared well in the face of the most toxic political atmosphere in recent memory. Overall, 45 of 61 endorsees won their races, including 82% of House incumbents. Read our 2010 Election Report here.
The 2012 cycle was an historic one for JStreetPAC. The PAC distributed over $1.8 million to 71 endorsed candidates, the most in history by a pro-Israel PAC, and 35% of all funds raised for 2012 candidates by pro-Israel PACs. Of the 71 JStreetPAC-endorsed candidates, 70 won their races – including all 53 incumbents. The PAC also won 20 of 21 races that were categorized as competitive by the Cook Political Report and helped defeat six members of Congress who took particularly extreme positions on Israel and the two-state solution, a bloc we named the “One-State Caucus.” Read our 2012 Election Report here.
2014 saw the successful and continued growth of JStreetPAC’s strength and success. The PAC raised and distributed over $2.4 million to 95 endorsees, beating its own 2012 record of the most money raised and distributed by a Pro-Israel PAC, and raising nearly 40% of all Pro-Israel PAC money for the cycle. An impressive 79/95 endorsees won re-election, and in a truly tough election year for incumbents, 78/83 incumbent endorsees won re-election. JStreetPAC ensured that Senate champions such as Brian Schatz and Jeanne Shaheen won re-election, and could continue to work on a Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace agenda. Check out our 2014 PAC At-A-Glance here.
JStreetPAC Endorsement Process:
JStreetPAC is a non-partisan Political Action Committee that endorses and provides financial support for candidates who support our views on Israeli security and peace in the Middle East (JStreetPAC’s principles and policy positions can be found here).
In deciding which candidates to endorse, our Finance Committee interviews candidates and their opponents about their views on issues related to American policy toward Israel and the Middle East. The JStreetPAC Board then votes on all endorsees. In our endorsement decisions, we take into account the views of both candidates on issues that are of concern to the PAC. The PAC does not interview candidates on – and its endorsement should not be read to imply support for their positions on – any other issue.