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The far-left J-Street lobby, which calls itself a “pro-peace” and “pro-Israel” organization, received $576,500 dollars last year to push the Obama Administration’s Iran deal, via the Ploughshares Fund, according to an AP report.

The Ploughshares Fund, one of the main groups named by the Obama administration’s spin doctor Ben Rhodes, set its sights on other media organizations in its campaign too. Their goal, according to Rhodes was to set up an echo chamber of pro-Iran messages bouncing back and forth between different organizations and individuals.

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For instance, utilizing the services of the GMMB.com ad agency, the Ploughshares Fund attempted to directly reach politically active US Jews via online advertising on Israeli and Jewish websites, with a budget in the tens of thousands of dollars.

I’m looking to run on local Jewish community sites in PA, NY, MD or run on Jewish sites that can geo-target to these states.
More information below –
Timing: Sept 5th – September 18th
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Budget: $5- $40k
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GMMB was particularly interested in advertising on JewishPress.com, which did not run their ads. They were even willing to prepay for their campaign.

Two other sites GMMB expressed interested in advertising on were the Times of Israel and the JPost.com.

Banner ads that ran in the various newspapers and websites appeared to be from different organizations, which then led to different pro-Iran Deal websites and YouTube channels.

The Times of Israel ran ads for an organization called “No Nukes for Iran Project“, which of course supported the Iran deal.

Ads were also run on Google.

But the underlying account name from the back-end ad server sent to JewishPress.com said “Ploughshare Fund”.

Ploughshares Fund account information for the pro-Iran deal campaign to run on Jewish websites.

One such YouTube channel heavily featured Peter Beinart calling for viewers to #DefendTheDeal, under the name “Iran Deal Forum”.

“The Iran Deal Forum” promoting the Iran Deal with Peter Beinart videos.

The Associated Press explored the 2015 Annual Report of the Ploughshares Fund, a fund mentioned in the expose/profile of Rhodes published last week by The New York Times.

In that profile, Rhodes boasted about the main groups responsible for helping to create the “echo chamber” that promoted the Iran deal despite facts that contradicted the hype.

A fact sheet distributed this weekend by The Israel Project (TIP) managing director Omri Ceren noted The Ploughshares Fund is a donation hub that has distributed millions of dollars in recent years to groups pushing the Iran deal.

After Congress failed to defeat the deal, Ploughshares President Joseph Cirincione published a video and letter boasting about how the echo chamber – over 85 groups and 200 people – was created with Ploughshares money: “groups and individuals were decisive in the battle for public opinion and as independent validators… they lacked a common platform – a network to exchange information and coordinate efforts.

Ploughshares Fund provided that network… we built a network of over 85 organizations and 200 individuals… We credit this model of philanthropy – facilitating collective action through high-impact grantmaking – with creating the conditions necessary for supporters of the Iran agreement to beat the political odds” Cirincione said.

The Ploughshares Fund gave National Public Radio $100,000 last year towards the mission to report on the Iran deal, funding reports on related issues and NPR’s annual report. According to the mission statement of the NGO, its primary raison d’etre is to “build a safe, secure world by developing and investing in initiatives to reduce and ultimately eliminate the world’s nuclear stockpiles.”

But it was that NGO and others who were used by the White House to carry out what amounted to a deliberate propaganda campaign to mislead the American people.

In its probe of the 2015 Annual Report of the Ploughshares Fund, the Associated Press broke down into three kinds of groups, the network of 85 organizations and 200 individuals funded by the NGO:

— Journalists and media outlets:

Ploughshares has funded NPR‘s coverage of national security since 2005, the radio station said. Ploughshares reports show at least $700,000 in funding over that time. All grant descriptions since 2010 specifically mention Iran… Previous efforts… Ploughshares has set its sights on other media organizations, too. In a “Cultural Strategy Report” on its website, the group outlined a broader objective of “ensuring regular and accurate coverage of nuclear issues in reputable and strategic media outlets” such as The Guardian, Salon, the Huffington Post or Pro Publica. Previous efforts failed to generate enough coverage, it noted. These included “funding of reporters at The Nation and Mother Jones and a partnership with The Center for Public Integrity to create a national security desk.”

— Think tanks and nuclear-issues associations:

The 33-page document lists the groups that Ploughshares funded last year to advance its nonproliferation agenda. The Arms Control Association got $282,500; the Brookings Institution, $225,000; and the Atlantic Council, $182,500… Princeton University got $70,000 to support former Iranian ambassador and nuclear spokesman Seyed Hossein Mousavian’s “analysis, publications and policymaker engagement on the range of elements involved with the negotiated settlement of Iran’s nuclear program.”

— Lobbies:

Other groups, less directly defined by their independent nuclear expertise, also secured grants. J-Street, the liberal Jewish political action group, received $576,500 to advocate for the deal. More than $281,000 went to the National Iranian American Council.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

25 COMMENTS

  1. The fellow travelers and high roaders of J Street have given new meaning to the definition of "Shonda," as they so eagerly gravel for shekels to turn on their own people. Yesterday, we had the Jewish turncoat, Kapo, guarding us in within the ghetto walls during WWII. Today, we have their relatives attempting to deny our freedom, our lawful right to Jerusalem as an undivided city, and the lands of Judea/Samaria, historically all a part of Israel.

    When have we ever experienced such an extreme element of political insiders willing to betray their own people? Knowing now about the "Echo Chamber" created by America's arrogant traitor, the fine arts major, Ben Rhodes, will we have hear an apology from J Street, before we sit shiva for their demise, as they do not represent us? J Street has only evidenced how anathema to Israel's interests it really has been.

  2. There's a story about GB Shaw asking a glamorous female at a party whether she would sleep with him for a thousand pounds. She agrees to do so.

    He then asks her whether she would sleep with him for 'a fiver'.

    Aghast, she exclaims 'George what do u think I am!'

    To which GBS responds -'We have established what u r. We r now merely haggling price'.

  3. Excellent research and information, Hana Levi Julian. What can one say about J Street (an organization that sells out it's own nation under the liberal banner) or the Ploughshares organization and those who run it; deliberately subverting truth… and people like Ben Rhodes (and Obama, Kerry, Biden) and even Bernie Sanders who will also sell out Israel; likeable though he appears to be? What can one lable such people that sufficiently expresses the lack of loyalty, honour AND TRUTH? It is hard to find a word that is sufficiently low… specially with history behind us to warn of where their evil ends – in betraying truth, innocence and justice and SURVIVIAL AGAINST NUCLEAR THREAT? Even the words "Judas Goat" does not describe these cynnical people sufficiently. To deliberately subvert and deny and pay huge monies to do – it is a deep EVIL.

    THREE CHEERS FOR JEWISH PRESS FOR TURNING AWAY THE MONEY TO RUN ADDS WHICH WOULD SELL OUT THE JEWISH NATION! I wish I had money to donate to Jewish Press. Kol haKavod!!!!

    Notably distateful, b.t.w. the biblical misuse of the connotation 'ploughshares' i.e. "they will beat their weapons into ploughshares". This truly is the deluded aim of these people, but they, and Obama, are NOT MESSIAH. They are FOOLS WHO THINK THEY CAN NEGOTIATE WITH IRAN – WHO IS LAUGHING AT THEIR SPINELESS AND DELUDED WEAKNESS!

  4. Excellent info : jstreet's soros would sell his parents for money and other and these organisations are mere gangsters with obanana as their chief corrupt moslem war monger. Hopefully Trump will cancel everything obanana did during his WH squat.

  5. Throughout history we should have learned, only Jews can trust another Jew. That is not the case anymore. Jews like J Street are self hating jews. There is strength in unity, but these jews can't be trusted anymore than the jackass in the whitehouse. Robet Olinger

  6. Perhaps all these non profit groups can answer how they feel using tax breaks by the U.S. to the end of enriching and empowering the mullahs who already have the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of Americans on their hands and look to be even more substantially endangering U.S. lives and the live of Israel as well

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