AIPAC Targets Bernie Sanders in Facebook Ads Focused on Key Democratic Primary States

Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at the We the People summit in Washington on April 1. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS, who could be the first Jewish president of the United States two years from now, is currently the target of a pressure campaign on Facebook paid for by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobbying group known as AIPAC.

The sponsored post urges Facebook users to add their names to an online petition telling Sanders that “America stands with Israel.”

A screenshot of AIPAC’s Facebook page featuring a paid post aimed at Sen. Bernie Sanders.

According to data from Facebook’s Ad Library, three versions of the sponsored post paid for by AIPAC are currently running across the country, focused mainly on users in three important Democratic primary states: California, Texas and Florida.

The text of the post makes no mention of why the lobbying group thinks the independent senator from Vermont needs such a reminder, but its only other current paid ads on Facebook all target Rep. Ilhan Omar, a progressive Muslim Democrat who has questioned the lobbying group’s influence. Sanders has been one of the few congressional voices to rise in defense of Omar.

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