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HATE MONEY IS HATE SPEECH
Jews Call On Casey to Return MoveOn’s Contributions and Repudiate Its Messages
New York, NY – The Center for Jewish Values today called on Pennsylvania
Democrat, US Senate Candidate Bob Casey, Jr. to return almost $170,000 of
campaign contributions from extremist group MoveOn.org. As has been covered extensively in the press over the past several months, MoveOn.org’s website has
a record of attacking Jews and Israel in the most virulent terms. The public repeatedly has asked Casey to repudiate MoveOn’s hate, to return all contributions he has received in connection with MoveOn, and to reject future contributions from MoveOn. Casey continues to ignore all such requests.
“Jews are frightened that MoveOn’s hate message is becoming so influential in national politics. We are deeply troubled that Casey is legitimizing and making himself beholden to a group that tolerates and promulgates the worst kind of hatred, anti-Semitism and anti-Israel propaganda,” said CJV president Jeff Ballabon. CJV requested that Casey do everything in his power to demonstrate that he rejects MoveOn’s hatred for Jews and Israel. “Bob Casey is a public figure,” said Ballabon. “It is imperative that he shows that he is sensitive to and opposes the rise of anti-Semitism in Democratic politics by returning all money associated with MoveOn.org, by refusing any invitations by MoveOn and by issuing a statement openly distancing himself and his campaign from MoveOn’s politics of hate.”
Ballabon added, “Americans of good conscience, regardless of their faith, should be troubled that Bob Casey knowingly accepts money from a political organization whose website compared President Bush to Hitler, referred to American supporters of Israel as a “BushCo ZioNeoCon Cabal,” labeled Israelis “ZioNazis,” and called Jews “sneaky,” “greedy pigs,” and “media-owning Jewish pigs.”
As of June 30, 2006, public records show that Casey has accepted $168,591 from MoveOn.org.