Progressive US lawmakers are mobilising to combat the millions of dollars from pro-Israel groups being poured into primary elections ahead of a tense battle in Michigan between two incumbents vying for a seat in Congress.

Andy Levin, a congressman hailing from a family of American politicians, is fighting to represent Michigan’s 11th district in Congress and is facing opposition from another incumbent, Haley Stevens.

Over the past few months, the United Democracy Project, an Aipac-affiliated Super PAC, has spent more than $3m in negative advertising against Levin in the race so far.

A “PAC” is a political action committee that pools member donations to disburse funds towards campaigns targeting candidates, causes or legislation.

In response, several progressives, including Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, have come out to support Levin’s bid for the seat, with Sanders having already declared a “war” with Aipac this election cycle.

Sanders is heading to Michigan on Friday where he will attend a rally alongside Tlaib in support of Levin, while Warren led a phone banking drive this past Sunday.

The support, however, may not be enough against the pro-Israel group’s money, with Levin saying that he is worried the “avalanche of money and blanket advertising” on television and on social media will determine the outcome of the race, slated for 2 August.

“Aipac has completely gone off the rails and they are trying to end my career because I won’t fall in line with their view of what it means to be pro-Israel,” he told MSNBC on Sunday.

Levin said he is “super concerned” about pro-Israel groups’ money having an impact on the election. Last week, Aipac declared victory in a Democratic primary in Maryland, when former congresswoman Donna Edwards lost her election to Glenn Ivey, who Aipac spent $6m in support of.

Source: Middle East Eye

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