Far-left Squad reps fear deep-pocketed American-Israeli PAC backing candidates to boot them in primaries

The team, which gained prominence by challenging President Donald Trump and advocating for progressive policies, appears to be about to flounder as it finds itself dealing with challenges of its own as its members enter election season .

The group of progressive House Democrats, including Ilhan Omar, Jamaal Bowman, Cori Bush and Summer Lee, are each grappling with multiple obstacles, including personal controversies, criminal investigations and competitive primaries.

Their challengers are funded by the deep pockets of the American-Israeli PAC whose Democratic members are unhappy about their anti-Israel stance and rhetoric.

This has now led the team members to their own aggressive fundraising activities as they realize the seriousness of their Democratic challengers and now the fragility of their progressive positions.

All of the team members, except Bowman, have so far managed to outscore their primary opponents.

Rep.  Rashida Tlaib is seen at a pro-Palestinian rally in Washington in October 2023. Tlaib then faced censure for statements about the Israel-Hamas war

Rep. Rashida Tlaib is seen at a pro-Palestinian rally in Washington in October 2023. Tlaib then faced censure for statements about the Israel-Hamas war

Cori Bush is under investigation by the Department of Justice for campaign spending on security services.  She denied any wrongdoing and said she was cooperating

Cori Bush is under investigation by the Department of Justice for campaign spending on security services. She denied any wrongdoing and said she was cooperating

Rep. Ilhan Omar conceded campaign money to her husband. In 2021, the Somali-American politician paid $2.9 million to a consulting firm run by her husband

A challenger to Summer Lee is urging independents and Republicans to re-register as Democrats so they can vote against her

A challenger to Summer Lee is urging independents and Republicans to re-register as Democrats so they can vote against her

Even Rashida Tlaib, who has no declared challenger yet, raised a massive $3.7 million.

Bowman recently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor related to a Capitol fire alarm while Bush is under federal investigation for campaign security payments that may have involved her husband.

Bush is under investigation by the Justice Department for campaign spending on security services. She denied any wrongdoing and said she was cooperating with the investigation.

The progressive has spent more than $750,000 on security since she was elected in 2020, including payments to her husband.

She denies any wrongdoing but faces Congress if found guilty.

Rep.  Rashida Tlaib, right, the only Palestinian member of Congress, has faced censure for statements about the Israel-Hamas war.  She is seen at a January vigil for journalists killed in Gaza

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, right, the only Palestinian member of Congress, has faced censure for statements about the Israel-Hamas war. She is seen at a January vigil for journalists killed in Gaza

The allegations hurt her signature piece of legislation — a $14 trillion federal package for black Americans to atone for chattel slavery and centuries of racist policies that followed. The account was floundering even before her investigation into unclear payments.

Omar also gave campaign money to her husband. In 2021, the Somali-American politician paid $2.9 million to a consulting firm run by her husband, which amounted to 80 percent of the company’s revenue.

Meanwhile, Tlaib faced censure for statements about the Israel-Hamas war, while Omar was removed from a committee by the GOP for past comments about Israel.

The team, made up primarily of colorists with a progressive agenda, must now navigate a different landscape.

With less influence in the House minority and the departure of former House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, they are now dealing with Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, who is more likely to listen to their perspectives.

“It’s definitely a different terrain at least for some of them than the last round,” said Rep. Chuy Garcia (D-Ill.) said Politics.

While criticizing the Biden administration’s handling of the conflict in Gaza, their rhetoric has divided the party.

There are also concerns of outside influences, particularly from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which has managed to attract significant fundraising from big-dollar donors.

The super PAC reportedly had $40 million in cash on hand at the end of last year.

The group has specifically targeted group members for their criticism of the Israeli government and has targeted a primary challenger to Rep. Jamaal Bowman endorsed.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y.

Thirteen Democrats, including Reps. Jamaal Bowman, N.Y., Cori Bush, Mo., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, N.Y., and Rashida Tlaib, Mich., voted against a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism in the U.S. during a December vote

In November, Tlaib was slammed after she accused Joe Biden of supporting genocide and demanded a truce as she threatened election results in 2024.  Cori Bush is over.

In November, Tlaib was slammed after she accused Joe Biden of supporting genocide and demanded a truce as she threatened election results in 2024. Cori Bush is over.

Representative Cori Bush disputes allegations that she misused government funds meant for private security, even as she confirmed she is under criminal investigation by the DOJ

Representative Cori Bush disputes allegations that she misused government funds meant for private security, even as she confirmed she is under criminal investigation by the DOJ

“Americans across the country strongly support pro-Israel Democrats and Republicans and are working to defeat anti-Israel candidates. Our activists are deeply engaged and energized given the critical stakes in this election for the pro-Israel movement,’ said AIPAC spokesman Marshall Wittmann.

Within the Democratic Party, there is concern that spending on primaries against influential groups like AIPAC in otherwise safe blue seats could divert funds from swing seats.

Despite the controversies and challenges, group members like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bowman continue to maintain their nonconformist, activist-inspired approach to legislation — with the group remaining unhindered as they re-elect the court.

“I ran for Congress to serve the most marginalized people in my district, to deal with the issue of concentrated poverty, to deal with the issue of climate justice, a lack of access to affordable housing, all the issues that the majority of Americans care,’ says Bowman.

“Whoever the challenge is, whether it’s AIPAC or something else, I will never be distracted from fighting for those issues.”

Bowman insisted that the band are ‘on the same page 99.9 per cent of the time’, adding that ‘we talk every day… we’re really, really close.’

Last month, the US House Committee on Ethics said it was no longer pursuing an investigation into Jamaal Bowman for pulling a fire alarm while trying to use a locked exit

Last month, the US House Committee on Ethics said it was no longer pursuing an investigation into Jamaal Bowman for pulling a fire alarm while trying to use a locked exit

The congressman was charged with a misdemeanor in October and pleaded guilty a day later.  Under a deal with prosecutors, Bowman must write an apology to Capitol police and pay a $1,000 fine

The congressman was charged with a misdemeanor in October and pleaded guilty a day later. Under a deal with prosecutors, Bowman must write an apology to Capitol police and pay a $1,000 fine

Last month, the US House Committee on Ethics said it was no longer pursuing an investigation into Bowman for pulling a fire alarm while trying to use a locked exit in September, as lawmakers prepared to vote on ‘ a measure to prevent a government shutdown.

The decision came a month after the House of Representatives voted 214 to 191 to censure the New York Democrat. He also pleaded guilty to a felony after being indicted by the DC Attorney General over the incident.

Usamah Andrabi, a spokesperson for the Justice Democrats, a progressive group that joins the Squad, says the group is still not too worried.

“While our opponents at AIPAC rely on Donald Trump’s billionaire donors, our incumbents, who are black and brown members of Congress from working-class backgrounds, will continue to rely on the power of everyday people,” Andrabi said in a statement. said.

The team also continues to gain support from other progressive allies such as Elizabeth Warren with their commitment to their progressive values ​​and legislative approach positioning them to influence the House if Democrats regain the majority in the upcoming elections.

“The strongest influence in Congress comes from the strongest ideas,” Warren said. ‘The underlying direction this young, outspoken progressive is taking our country is finally right. And that’s what gives them their power.’