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Tracking militarists’ efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy

Sheldon Adelson, Money v. Ideology; Dennis Ross; Ken Adelman; Clarion Fund

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The Economic Crisis: Will Money Trump Ideology?

By Eli Clifton

The steep reversal of financial fortune for one of the most generous donors to hawkish causes could likely impact the ability of those causes to carry out their work. The fortune of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a key backer of groups like Freedom’s Watch and the Likud agenda in Israel, has taken a hit from the global economic meltdown. Will megadonors like Adelson turn their attention to salvaging their business empires at the expense of the political agendas dear to their hearts? Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

Dennis Ross
A senior advisor to the Obama campaign and longtime diplomat, Ross has a track record of collaborating with hardline neoconservatives, including helping produce a recent report that some consider a “roadmap to war” with Iran.

Ken Adelman
Adelman, a former member of the Defense Policy Board who championed an aggressive “war on terror” after 9/11, is one of several conservatives whose views on the presidential race have surprised observers.

Clarion Fund
A little-known group connected to the Israeli right-wing, the Clarion Fund has been accused of trying to sway the presidential election by distributing a fear-mongering video about the purported threat to the United States from “radical Islam.”

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Frank Gaffney, director of the hardline neoconservative Center for Security Policy, is a longtime advocate of aggressive U.S. foreign policies, bloated military budgets, and confrontation with the Islamic world.


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The new US administration is continuing a state of war that has existed for 16 years.


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