By Ralph Seliger
May 15, 2008
On April 15, after 18 months of planning, a new progressive Jewish lobby called J Street was launched as a counterweight to the increasingly conservative American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). There is no physical J Street in Washington, D.C., but the name conjures up K Street, the hub for lobbying on Capitol Hill.
Israel’s Haaretz newspaper columnist Shmuel Rosner writes that the “J” in J Street also jokingly refers to Jeremy Ben-Ami, the veteran political operative and public relations professional who served as a domestic policy adviser in the Clinton administration and has worked for various progressive and peace-oriented American-Jewish organizations. Ben-Ami is executive director of both J Street — a 501(c)(4) lobbying organization — and of its separately chartered political action committee, JStreetPAC.
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