Shaheen Under Fire for Taking J Street Money

By Adam Kredo

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) is facing a fierce backlash for accepting thousands of dollars and the endorsement of the liberal Middle East advocacy group J Street, which has long stirred controversy for political candidates and recently came under fire for accusing Israel of “fanning growing flames of anti-Semitism.”

Shaheen, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has taken at least $4,300 from J Street’s political action committee (PAC), which funnels money to candidates that J Street believes will carry out its fringe policy objectives in Congress.

While many members have avoided being endorsed by J Street—which Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have described as a dangerous albatross in foreign policy circles—Shaheen, and a handful of other far left Democrats, have risked their pro-Israel credentials to back the group.

Shaheen’s decision to join forces with J Street has drawn criticism in political circles from Washington, D.C., to New Hampshire, where observers accuse the senator of abandoning Israel at a critical time in the Jewish state’s history.

The New Hampshire Republican State Committee (NHRSC) on Tuesday demanded the Shaheen “sever her ties” with J Street, which it described as a “radical fringe group.”

“Radical organizations like J Street are determined to attack Israel and undermine Israel’s right to defend itself from terrorist attacks. It is disgraceful that Senator Jeanne Shaheen would associate herself with a fringe group like J Street and support their shameful advocacy efforts,” NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn told the Free Beacon in a statement. “As a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senator Shaheen needs to immediately denounce J Street’s shameful statements and return the contributions that it has funneled into her campaign bank account.”

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Originally published on The Washington Free Beacon