New York Post:
Ronald Lauder launches $25M campaign against anti-Semitism
Cosmetic 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 and culture.”
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 schools.