As the proposed agreement over Iran’s nuclear program is debated in coming weeks, President Obama will make his case to a Congress controlled by Republicans who are more pro-Israel than ever, partly a result of ideology, but also a result of a surge in donations and campaign spending on their behalf by a small group of wealthy donors, says The New York Times.
One beneficiary is Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who gained prominence with a letter signed by 46 GOP colleagues to leaders of Iran warning against a deal.
The Emergency Committee for Israel, led by William Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, spent $960,000 to support Cotton in his 2014 campaign.
In that same race, Paul Singer, a hedge fund billionaire from New York and a leading donor to pro-Israel causes, contributed $250,000 to Arkansas Horizon, another independent expenditure group supporting Cotton. Seth Klarman, a Boston-based pro-Israel billionaire, contributed $100,000 to the race.
The political action committee run by John Bolton, U.N. ambassador under President George W. Bush, spent at least $825,000 to support Cotton.