Do you want your tax dollars going to an Alinsky-style campaign to unseat an Israeli Prime Minister?
Barack Obama appears to be doing exactly that and Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Lee Zeldin want to know if reports are accurate that a U.S. taxpayer funded 501(c) non-profit organization called OneVoice is behind it and who approved the expenditure.
Shouldn’t Rep. Elijah Cummings be targeting One Voice? Maybe they could bring Lois Lerner back for this.
As an aside, Obama’s interference is backfiring. Netanyahu is enjoying a surge in popularity as a result of Obama’s twisted shenanigans.
Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign field director Jeremy Bird was sent to Israel as part of a community organizing team to interfere with the Israeli elections on March 17th.
The team and the effort is backed by a U.S. taxpayer supported group called “One Voice.”
Bird is THE campaign director for Barack Obama. He is THE MAN!
This became known after the ubiquitous and infamous unnamed official told an Israeli newspaper he [Netanyahu] will pay “a price” for accepting an invitation to speak before Congress without running it by Barack Obama.
Obama’s spokesperson said neither he nor John Kerry will meet with Netanyahu when he comes to New York to speak to Congress because of its close proximity to the election. He doesn’t do this traditionally he said because he doesn’t want to interfere in the election he is obviously interfering in.
The entire excuse is a fabrication. As Breitbart pointed out, Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to recent German elections. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met with Obama twice—each time before the British elections.
Barack Obama also held what has become known as a Monster Ball for Africa’s most vile dictators last year. One invitée, President Compaoré had a crucial referendum coming up and another ball participant, Uhuru Kenyatta was about to appear before the International Criminal Court in The Hague to answer for crimes.
Josh Ernest, Obama spokesperson, said Netanyahu’s address to Congress is a “departure from protocol”. Meanwhile, in a departure from protocol, Barack Obama had a foreign leader – British PM David Cameron – lobby Congress to drop the Kirk-Menendez sanctions bill and all sanctions bills as Iran builds a nuclear bomb.
The infamous unnamed official said this about what they apparently view as an unforgivable breach of etiquette:
We thought we’ve seen everything,” a source identified as a senior American official was quoted as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don’t do.
“He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.”
Obama is too cowardly to say it himself so he uses unnamed officials.
Last year, Atlantic magazine quoted another unnamed senior administration official call Netanyahu a “chickenshit.”
Who is the “chickenshit?”
This president knows perfectly well his former campaign director is helping to campaign against Netanyahu in Israel and has nothing but kind words for Raul Castro, the Ayatollah, Rouhani, and assorted other dictators.
Senator Ted Cruz and Rep. Lee Zeldin have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting a thorough investigation by the State Department’s Inspector General within the next 15 days to answer questions about a taxpayer funded organization campaigning against Bibi Netanyahu (the group has received two government grants and is tax exempt).
January 29, 2015
The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State
Department of State, Washington, DC 20520
Dear Mr. Secretary:
We write to express strong concerns over the recent media reports that a U.S. taxpayer funded 501(c) non-profit[ organization called OneVoice is actively working with a campaign operation called V15 or “Victory 2015” in an effort to influence the outcome of the elections in Israel on March 17, 2015.
On January 26, 2015, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on the close coordination between these two entities. The reporter described his visit to the campaign operation in Tel Aviv, Israel, and the significant role Jeremy Bird, President Obama’s former deputy national field director (2008) and national field director (2012), is playing with V15.
The Haaretz report makes clear that the purpose of this alliance is to advance a particular ideological agenda: “With the help of American money and a former campaign adviser to President Barack Obama, V15 is trying to replace Israel’s government. The money and organization comes from V15’s partnership with OneVoice…OneVoice is expected to merge with V15 before the March 17 election.”
V15 organizers reiterated this point to the Haaretz reporter, noting that instead of calling the operation “Anyone but Bibi,” members of V15 merely phrase it slightly differently: “We say ‘replace the government,’ it’s not directed at specific individuals. There have been many years of right-wing governments during which little happened, it’s time to change course and give people hope… We will go to homes and we will win…The work with the research team that Bird brought has really ignited sparks…”
The January 27th OneVoice press release confirmed this goal. As its Executive Director declared, “We need a prime minister and a government who will be responsive to the people.”
Of course private American citizens are free to engage in political activities according to their inclinations, but given the overtly partisan nature of this particular case, we are deeply concerned by the relationship that also exists between OneVoice and the U.S. Department of State. OneVoice lists the State Department as a partner on its website. In its 2013 annual report, the CEO of OneVoice touted the organization’s work “together in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem…made possible by two parallel U.S. Government grants.” According to a U.S. government website, OneVoice twice received grants from the State Department in 2014.
Given the public statements by a number of Obama administration officials, including the President, that it would be “inappropriate”[ for the government of the United States to exercise any influence over elections in a foreign country including Israel, we believe this issue demands your urgent attention. There appears to be a danger that U.S. taxpayer funds are being used to directly shape the outcome of the upcoming Israeli election–and specifically to campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu–something all would agree would be highly inappropriate.
We request a thorough investigation by the State Department’s Inspector General within the next 15 days that answers the following questions:
How much funding has the U.S. Government provided to OneVoice, PeaceWorks Network Foundation, and any connected initiatives, projects or subsidiaries?
Who approved providing such funds?
What is the oversight and accounting process for how these funds are being spent?
How often and on what dates has such funding been provided?
What were the specific reasons and terms for providing funds, and how are these funds specifically being spent?
Can the Department of State guarantee that none of these funds have been or will be used in the endeavor detailed above, namely the partnership with V15, or any similar effort to exert undue influence over the Israeli political process?
Was there any knowledge from the State Department or other U.S. government officials of the partnership with V15 prior to providing funds to OneVoice?
Does OneVoice’s work with V15 violate its 501(c)(3) status (or the status of the PeaceWorks Network Foundation) as a tax-exempt organization and should such status be revoked?
Thank you for your prompt attention to this disturbing matter, and we look forward to your swift and detailed reply.
Sen. Ted Cruz Rep. Lee Zeldin
Member of Congress Member of Congress
I’m sure Holder will get right on this.