Political leanings: Nonpartisan
2020 total spending: N/A
is a nonpartisan super PAC created to advocate for political organizations and candidates that support the United States’ partnership with Israel. The super PAC “works to help elect candidates that share our vision and will be strong supporters of the U.S.-Israel relationship in Congress,” according to its website.
announced its to launch a political action committee and a super PAC ahead of the 2022 election cycle in December 2021. The PAC would later be named , which has become the in the United States, and the super PAC would become the . the super PAC’s “About Us” statement or anything about pro-Israel lobbying, but it has since been changed., a lobbying group,
As of June 30, has raised almost .
The group’s largest contributor is its creator, AIPAC, which $8.5 million. Jan Koum, the co-founder and former CEO of , donated . These UDP donors $1 million each: , the non-executive chairman and of ; Paul Singer, the founder of Bernard Marcus, the co-founder of and Haim Saban, the co-founder of Fox Family Worldwide who established and . As a , UDP can accept unlimited donations, but it must disclose its donors. It cannot fund candidates directly, but it can spend unlimited amounts expressly advocating for or against federal candidates — spending the Federal Election Commission as “independent expenditures.”
United Democracy Project has nearly $24.3 million, as of Aug. 2, on independent expenditures during the 2022 election cycle, with all of it being for or against targeted Democratic candidates. As of early August, UDP was the among outside groups in the primary elections, behind the Club for Growth Action. UDP has been the in the Democratic primaries.
United Democracy Project has spent the most former Rep. in the July 19 Democratic primary in . UDP $4.26 million against Edwards and $1.7 million for the , a former county prosecutor.
The group also spent heavily in two House primaries in Michigan. In the state’sUDP $3.88 million supporting and $342,000 against , and in the , UDP spent $2.74 million in support of and $1.43 million opposing . Stevens won the primary, but Hollier his race to Thanedar.
UDP was active in two Democratic primaries in North Carolina, spending $2.13 million supporting Valerie Foushee in the state’s and $2.1 million backing and $335,000 against in the state’s . UDP’s those primaries.
In Pennsylvania’s , UDP’s preferred candidate, lost the May 17 Democratic primary. The group had spent $2 million against who , and $660,000 for Irwin.
In Texas, UDP spent $423,000 for and $1.43 million against in the Democratic primary in the state’s . Cuellar the Democratic nomination in a run-off election on May 24.
“There was rising concern in the pro-Israel community about candidates for Congress who held radical anti-Israel views,” UDP spokesman Patrick Dorton. “What we’re trying to do is build the broadest bipartisan pro-Israel coalition in Congress possible.”
The news organization reported that “Dorton did not commit UDP to backing its Democratic primary winners in the general election against Republicans who might be equally or even more aligned with AIPAC’s agenda.”
We reached out to UDP but have not received a response.