From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:
Truth or Trope?
by Steve Sailer
March 13, 2019
Once again, 2019 headlines appear contrived to vindicate my old ideas.
For instance, last week’s amusing face-off between freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, leader of the Congressional hijab caucus, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi over Omar’s tweets about the influence of Jewish campaign contributions on American foreign policy was a classic illustration of my theory that the Democrats are a coalition of the fringes who can overcome their loathing of each other only by cultivating their mutual hatred of core Americans.
Omar, the fearless Somali bumpkin from North Dakota State U., outraged influential Jewish donors and their loyal politicians by repeatedly going all Black Hawk Down, daring to mention the long unmentionable:
the impact of Jewish donations on Washington’s pro-Israel slant.
Just how much Jewish Democrats give to politicians I approximate below. …
Pelosi tried to get Omar to grasp that she can’t say that American Jews give a lot of money to politicians because…well…because American Jews do give a lot of money to politicians.
Personally, I think both making a lot of money and giving away a lot of money are largely admirable traits. That Jews tend to be leaders in both wealth creation and philanthropy is commendable. …
All this naturally raises the question of just how much do the Democrats and Republicans actually raise from Jews and gentiles. It seems like an interesting thing to know, but few have asked that question recently.
To answer it, I went to the OpenSecrets database of political donations maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics, a bipartisan organization founded in 1983 by former senators Hugh Scott (R-PA) and Frank Church, the Idaho Democrat who led groundbreaking investigations into the Deep State in the 1970s.
I took the OpenSecrets list of the 50 top individual contributors in the 2018 election cycle across all types of “federal candidates, parties, political action committees, 527 organizations, and Carey committees.”
Like The Count on Sesame Street, I love counting.
The fundamental idea behind my exercises in counting is to start with a list that wasn’t dreamed up for my purpose. The OpenSecrets database was started long ago for good government purposes, so it’s an unbiased source to use in answering the Omar vs. Pelosi question.
Read the whole thing there.