Record spending in NY Democrat primary to oust anti-Israel Rep Bowman with Clinton-backed challenger

The United Democracy Project, affiliated with AIPAC, has spend more than $14 million on ads against Bowman.

Published: June 20, 2024 8:41am

Updated: June 20, 2024 10:05am

The New York Democrat primary next week between incumbent Rep. Jamaal Bowman and challenger James Latimer has reportedly become the most expensive House primary race in history.

New York Playbook reports this week that overall broadcast spending has reached $23 million.

AIPAC-linked United Democracy Project, which is opposing Bowman and backing Latimer, is responsible for $14.5 million of that spending for the state's 16th Congressional District seat, the news outlet also reports. 

Bowman, a progressive, has labeled Israel's war against Palestinian-backed Hamas in Gaza "genocide."

Latimer, the executive of Westchester County, is backed by former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. 

In a recent debate, Bowman said AIPAC is "spending more money in the primary than any PAC has ever spent in U.S. history."

Bowman continued, saying, “Why? Because I’m an outspoken black man. I fight against genocide in Gaza, and I fight for justice right here."

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