Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2018) – The Republican Jewish Coalition announced today its first independent expenditure of the 2018 election cycle -- a $530,000 media campaign in the PA-1 congressional race between Republican congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and Democrat Scott Wallace. The over-half-a-million-dollar media buy will run from June 21-July 1 and will include extensive broadcast and cable television distribution as well as digital ads targeting swing voters in PA-1.
The candidacy of Scott Wallace is deeply troubling. For the last 20 years, Wallace headed the Wallace Global Fund, which has given $300,000 in grants to organizations dedicated to BDS (targeting Israel with Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions), including Jewish Voice for Peace.1This puts Wallace so far outside the mainstream Jewish community that the leading Jewish Democrat organization in the state has refused to endorse him.2
The RJC media buy will highlight not only the concerns over Wallace’s support for BDS organizations through his foundation, but also his opposition to Pres. Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from Pres. Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, and the fact that Wallace has split his time between Maryland and South Africa for the last ten years and appears not to have lived or voted in Pennsylvania’s first district in that time.3
RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said:
This will be the first salvo in the RJC’s “Majority is the Priority” campaign for 2018, our effort to educate the Jewish community about the records of Democrats running for the House and Senate in key races across the country. In previous election cycles, the RJC’s grassroots efforts have made a significant impact. In 2018, the continuation of the Republican majority in the House and Senate hangs in the balance and we intend to have an even greater impact this year.
Click here or on the image below to see the RJC ad.