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Pro-Israel vs. Pro-Arab/Muslim PAC Campaign Contributions

(2002 - 2018)

A Political Action Committee (PAC) is an organization that campaigns for or against particular political candidates, initiatives, or legislation.
At the federal level, an organization becomes a PAC when it receives more than $1,000 according to the Federal Election Campaign Act.

Pro-Israel PACs include: NorPAC, JStreet, National Action Committee, Citizens Organized, World Alliance for Israel and the Republican Jewish Coalition, among others. A total of 82 pro-Israel PACs have made contributions since 1990, but only a handful of those have made contributions in any given year.
Pro-Arab, Arab-American, & Muslim PAC’s include: Arab American Leadership, Iranian American PAC, American Task Force on Lebanon Policy and Council on American-Islamic Relations, among others. Only 17 PACs have made contributions since 1992 and only a small number have made contributions in any given year.

The figures are not exactly comparable as the Pro-Israel figures include individual contributions. The Pro-Arab individual contributions when missing are trivial.


Election Cycle

Pro-Israel PACs

Pro-Arab PACs

2018
$8,099,491
$263,550

2016

$7,173,679

$86,350

2014

$5,640,571

$71,750

2012

$5,124,400

$102,150

2010

$4,814,724

$80,700

2008

$4,136,842

$143,955

2006

$3,390,559

$124,411

2004

$3,599,733

$145,170

2002

$3,037,064

$177,184

2000
$2,166,404
$155,246
1998
$2,460,200
$132,150
1996
$2,534,199
$39,880
1994
$2,440,259
$20,450
1992
$4,073,060
$15,100

TOTAL

$62,709,667

$1,558,046


Source: Center for Responsive Politics