Ronald Lauder launches $25M campaign against
billionaire Ronald Lauder is launching a $25 million campaign to combat
anti-Semitism in American politics.
Lauder, head of the World
Jewish Congress, said Monday that his new “Anti-Semitism Accountability
Project” will target federal, state and local government candidates on the
ballot in 2020 who “support or normalize” anti-Semitism.
He emphasized that the group
will target Democratic or Republican candidates who condone hatred against Jews.
The group will produce and run
television and digital advertisements, publish opposition research, monitor
college campus activities and provide rapid response to defeat candidates who
back anti-Semitic platforms.
“Anti-Semitism has become
fashionable again and for too long, American Jews have been silent,” said
Lauder, a former US ambassador and New York City mayoral candidate. “ASAP will
finally add real teeth in the fight against anti-Semitism in American politics
He added: “All candidates
and American cultural leaders who traffic in hatred against Jews should consider
themselves on notice.”
The launch of ASAP comes in
response to a documented surge in anti-Semitism across America.
According to a poll
commissioned by ASAP and conducted by Douglass Schoen of Schoen Consulting,
anti-Semitism has doubled over the past five years.
Today, 14 percent of Americans
hold anti-Semitic beliefs, as compared to 7 percent from a survey released by
the Anti-Defamation League in 2014.
The ASAP campaign will be
managed by Tusk Strategies.
Lauder recently slammed
Columbia University for
hosting a speech by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad, who is
accused of spewing anti-Semitic tropes.
And he’s been critical of
anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements by Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and
Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first female Muslims elected to the House.
Lauder meanwhile is part of an
education group defending controversial entrance
exams for admission to the city’s top specialized public high