Person

Albert J. Dwoskin

Nationality:

American

Residence:

Virginia

Occupation:

Real Estate Developer

Left-Wing Donor

Owner and Founder:

A.J. Dwoskin and Associates

Main Philanthropy:

Dwoskin Family Foundation

Albert J. Dwoskin is a real estate developer, activist, and major left-of-center donor to the Democratic Party and left-wing causes who resides in Virginia. In addition to being a major donor to left-wing candidates and causes,[1] he sits on the boards of numerous left-wing organizations, at one time including the left-of-center donor convening group Democracy Alliance.

In addition to conventional left-wing activism, Dwoskin and his wife Claire are also prominent anti-vaccination activists. They sit on the board of a leading anti-vaccination organization that among other things promotes the discredited claim that vaccines cause autism. The couple’s private foundation, the Dwoskin Family Foundation, has funded organizations which promote anti-vaccine claims.[2]

Early Life and Business Career

Dwoskin was born in Nebraska and moved to northern Virginia in 1969.[3] He founded a company, A.J. Dwoskin and Associates, which built shopping centers, residential developments, and apartment complexes throughout the region.

Democratic Party Activism

Dwoskin began backing Democratic Party candidates for public office in the mid-1980s. He was a supporter of then-Governor Gerald L. Baliles (D-Virginia) and became an adviser to him. Baliles was reportedly at Dwoskin’s house in Jamaica when he developed a local-option tax surcharge transportation funding plan. Baliles would deny that Dwoskin knew about the plan during the trip.[4]

Dwoskin became a Democratic fundraiser while contributing some of his own fortune to back candidates. In the 1988 presidential election, Dwoskin backed then-Senator Al Gore (D-Tennessee) and eventual Democratic nominee Gov. Michael Dukakis (D-Massachusetts).[5]

Dwoskin then backed the candidacy of Bill Clinton and became tied into the Clinton network, forming relationships with various allies of the Clinton family. President Clinton would later appoint Dwoskin to the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.[6]

Dwoskin was a donor to the Clinton Foundation. He gave under $250,000 to the organization, according to the Foundation.[7]

The “Resistance”

Dwoskin has emerged as a critic of funding the self-styled “Resistance,” left-wing activists opposed to President Donald Trump. Dwoskin has argued that some of the groups involved have turned off major liberal donors with their policy and rhetorical extremism.[8]

Left-Wing Activism

Democracy Alliance

Also see Democracy Alliance (Other Group)

After the surprise defeat of Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) in the 2004 presidential election by President George W. Bush, a group of left-wing donors including George Soros came together to form the Democracy Alliance, an umbrella group of left-wing causes and donors. Dwoskin joined the organization and reportedly served on its board of directors. The group requires its donor members to donate at least $200,000 a year to member organizations.[9]

September Fund

In 2006, Dwoskin became treasurer of the September Fund, a Democratic Party 527 PAC that was set up to defeat Republicans in that year’s midterm elections. The fund was chaired by Harold Ickes, a Clinton family political aide. The group spent money on ads targeting Republican lawmakers.[10]

Catalist

Also see Catalist (For-Profit)

In 2005, Dwoskin joined the board of directors of and eventually became chairman of Catalist, formerly known as Data Warehouse. Catalist provides voter data and list services to Democratic candidates and liberal organizations. In 2012, Dwoskin stepped down from Catalist while continuing to run its state affiliates in Illinois and Virginia.[11]

Board Memberships

Dwoskin serves on the board of J Street, a left-wing Jewish organization critical of Israeli defense policies that is seen as the counter to the Israeli-government-aligned American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).[12] The organization has been criticized as being more interested in Left-liberal political interests than in Israeli security.[13]

Dwoskin also serves as an expert for the Institute for New Economic Thinking, a think tank created by George Soros to support his left-wing economic policy views.[14]

Dwoskin currently serves as director of the liberal-aligned ostensible watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).[15]

Campaign Contributions

2008 General Election

In the 2008 general election, Dwoskin backed Democratic Party presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Chris Dodd, gifting them $2,300 and $1,000, respectively. Dwoskin also supported New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) with a $2,300 contribution. He did not contribute to Barack Obama after Obama won the Democratic nomination.

In the 2008 election cycle, Dwoskin gave $28,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and $24,500 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), both 527 political action committees. He also gave $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee (DNC). [16]

2010 Midterm Election

In the 2010 midterm election cycle, Dwoskin backed the Sierra Club with a $20,000 contribution. He also gave $30,400 to the DNC. He gave an additional $30,400 to the DCCC and supported numerous Democratic congressional candidates.[17]

2012 General Election

In the 2012 elections, he only gave $5,000 to the DCCC. He did not donate to President Obama’s reelection campaign. Nor did he donate to the party. Instead, he donated largely to the Virginia Democratic Party and individual left-wing candidates.[18]

Dwoskin was a major supporter of former DNC Chairman and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. He and his wife gave McAuliffe $146,285 between 2009 and 2015.[19] Dwoskin has also given $25,000 in 2017 to a PAC aligned with McAuliffe.[20]

2014 General Election

In the 2014 midterm elections, he was a donor to the Ready for Hillary PAC that supported Hillary Clinton’s anticipated bid for president. He also gave $25,000 to the Virginia Progress PAC. Meanwhile, he continued to support individual candidates.[21]

2016 General Election

In the 2016 elections, he supported Hillary Clinton giving her $2,700. He also was a big donor to the Real Estate Roundtable Political Action Committee (REALPAC) giving the group $10,000. He again supported numerous Democratic congressional candidates.[22]

2018 Midterm Election

As of July 2018, Dwoskin has given $10,000 to REALPAC, $17,500 to the DCCC, and $5,000 to the DNC to support liberal candidates in the 2018 elections.[23]

Controversies

Anti-Vaccination

Dwoskin serves on the board of Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute (CMSRI), an anti-vaccination organization. The organization funded two studies by Anthony Mawson that purported to show that vaccines caused autism; both studies have since been discredited and retracted by the publications that published them. Dwoskin also helped fund an anti-vaccine conference in Jamaica in 2011 and his wife compared vaccines to the Holocaust.[24] Dwoskin’s foundation, the Dwoskin Family Foundation, has provided substantial funding to CMSRI and other anti-vaccination organizations, including the National Vaccine Information Center.[25]

Illegal Immigration

Dwoskin has been accused of duplicity in his relations to illegal immigrants. In 2010, he created a day laborer center in Centreville, Virginia, behind one of his shopping centers, an action seen as supporting legally suspect immigration. The center was funded by Dwoskin and run by a local nonprofit, the Centreville Immigration Forum.[26] In 2016, Dwoskin was sued by illegal immigrants and their families after his company allegedly evicted them for not providing proof of legal status.[27]

References

  1. National Institute on Money in State Politics. “Show Me – Dwoskin, Albert J.” FollowTheMoney.org. Accessed August 13, 2018. https://www.followthemoney.org/show-me?dt=1&d-eid=1058054#[{1|gro=c-t-pt.
  2. Trafecante, Kate. “The Money behind the Vaccine Skeptics.” CNNMoney. February 5, 2015. Accessed August 13, 2018. https://money.cnn.com/video/news/2015/02/05/the-money-behind-the-vaccine-medical-myth.cnnmoney/.
  3. Baker, Peter. 1989. “Quiet VA Developer Makes Grand Entrance To Politics”. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1989/01/17/quiet-va-developer-makes-grand-entrance-to-politics/bb8488b3-1bfd-44a5-a5cb-7305d69ff162/?utm_term=.d5c627c3d432.
  4. Baker, Peter. 1989. “Quiet VA Developer Makes Grand Entrance To Politics”. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1989/01/17/quiet-va-developer-makes-grand-entrance-to-politics/bb8488b3-1bfd-44a5-a5cb-7305d69ff162/?utm_term=.d5c627c3d432.
  5. Baker, Peter. 1989. “Quiet VA Developer Makes Grand Entrance To Politics”. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1989/01/17/quiet-va-developer-makes-grand-entrance-to-politics/bb8488b3-1bfd-44a5-a5cb-7305d69ff162/?utm_term=.d5c627c3d432.
  6. Vozzella, Laura, and Denise Lu. 2015. “Clinton Foundation Donors Gave $13 Million To Terry Mcauliffe”. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/mcauliffe-clinton/.
  7. Vozzella, Laura, and Denise Lu. 2015. “Clinton Foundation Donors Gave $13 Million To Terry Mcauliffe”. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/mcauliffe-clinton/.
  8. Vogel, Kenneth. 2017. “The ‘Resistance,’ Raising Big Money, Upends Liberal Politics”. Nytimes.Com. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/07/us/politics/democrats-resistance-fundraising.html.
  9.     Vadum, Matthew. 2014. “The “Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy””. Capitalresearch.Org. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-vast-left-wing-conspiracy-george-soross-democracy-alliance-remains-a-potent-force-in-the-2014-elections/.
  10. Broder, John. 2006. “Democrats Form New Group For Fund-Raising And Ads”. Nytimes.Com. https://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/14/us/politics/14donate.html.
  11. Vadum, Matthew. 2014. “The “Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy””. Capitalresearch.Org. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-vast-left-wing-conspiracy-george-soross-democracy-alliance-remains-a-potent-force-in-the-2014-elections/.
  12. “Albert J. Dwoskin – J Street: The Political Home For Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Americans”. 2018. J Street: The Political Home For Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Americans. Accessed July 30. https://jstreet.org/advisory-council-ppl/albert-j-dwoskin/.
  13. Miller, Paul. 2014. “J Street: Pro-Progressive, Not Pro-Israel”. Thehill.Com. http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/222366-j-street-pro-progressive-not-pro-israel.
  14. “Albert J. Dwoskin”. 2018. Institute For New Economic Thinking. Accessed July 30. https://www.ineteconomics.org/research/experts/ajdwoskin.
  15. “Albert J. Dwoskin”. 2018. Institute For New Economic Thinking. Accessed July 30. https://www.ineteconomics.org/research/experts/ajdwoskin.
  16. Federal Election Commission “Browse Individual Contributions – FEC.Gov”. 2018. FEC.Gov. Accessed July 30. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?two_year_transaction_period=2008&contributor_name=Albert+Dwoskin&min_date=01%2F01%2F2007&max_date=12%2F31%2F2008.
  17.   Federal Election Commission “Browse Individual Contributions – FEC.Gov”. 2018. FEC.Gov. Accessed July 30. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?two_year_transaction_period=2010&contributor_name=Albert+Dwoskin&min_date=01%2F01%2F2009&max_date=12%2F31%2F2010.
  18. Federal Election Commission “Browse Individual Contributions – FEC.Gov”. 2018. FEC.Gov. Accessed July 30. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?two_year_transaction_period=2012&contributor_name=Albert+Dwoskin&min_date=01%2F01%2F2011&max_date=12%2F31%2F2012.
  19. Vozzella, Laura, and Denise Lu. 2015. “Clinton Foundation Donors Gave $13 Million To Terry Mcauliffe”. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/mcauliffe-clinton/.
  20. Vogel, Kenneth, and Rachel Shorey. 2017. “Long List Of Top Democrats Have 2020, And Money, On Their Minds”. Haaretz.Com. https://www.haaretz.com/long-list-of-top-democrats-have-2020-and-money-on-their-minds-1.5447793.
  21. Federal Election Commission “Browse Individual Contributions – FEC.Gov”. 2018. FEC.Gov. Accessed July 30. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?two_year_transaction_period=2014&contributor_name=Albert+Dwoskin&min_date=01%2F01%2F2013&max_date=12%2F31%2F2014.
  22. Federal Election Commission “Browse Individual Contributions – FEC.Gov”. 2018. FEC.Gov. Accessed July 30. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?two_year_transaction_period=2016&contributor_name=Albert+Dwoskin&min_date=01%2F01%2F2015&max_date=12%2F31%2F2016.
  23. Federal Election Commission “Browse Individual Contributions – FEC.Gov”. 2018. FEC.Gov. Accessed July 30. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?two_year_transaction_period=2018&contributor_name=Albert+Dwoskin&min_date=01%2F01%2F2017&max_date=07%2F30%2F2018.
  24. “Will Tipper Gore Be Appearing At A Fundraiser Hosted By Antivaxers?”. 2017. RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. https://respectfulinsolence.com/2017/05/24/is-tipper-gore-appearing-at-a-fundraiser-hosted-by-antivaxers/.
  25. Trafecante, Kate. “The Money behind the Vaccine Skeptics.” CNNMoney. February 5, 2015. Accessed August 13, 2018. https://money.cnn.com/video/news/2015/02/05/the-money-behind-the-vaccine-medical-myth.cnnmoney/.
  26. Wade, Michael. 2010. “Centreville Day-Laborer Center: Aiding Or Abetting?”. Washington Examiner. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/centreville-day-laborer-center-aiding-or-abetting.
  27. Sullivan, Patricia. 2016. “Undocumented Latinos And Their Families Sue After Evictions”. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/undocumented-latinos-and-their-families-sue-after-evictions/2016/05/23/f11a1a88-20e4-11e6-8690-f14ca9de2972_story.html?utm_term=.f8a2aa694d1b.
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