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Greg Rosenbaum

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Greg Rosenbaum is the president and founder of Palisades Associates, a banking firm. [1] He has served as the director of TVC Communications and CEO of Empire Kosher Poultry. [2] Rosenbaum has used his wealth to support left-of-center causes and Democratic candidates. He has served as the chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council,[3] a board member of the Center for American Progress Action Fund,[4] and vice-chair of the Platform Committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. [5]

Supporting Left-of-Center Groups

Rosenbaum served as the chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), a constituency group for Jewish members of the Democratic Party. [6][7]

The Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP Action), the advocacy arm of the left-of-center D.C. think tank Center for American Progress (CAP) counts Rosenbaum as one of its board members. [8] CAP was founded by John Podesta, who worked for Bill Clinton, the Obama White House, and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign. CAP published the left-wing blog ThinkProgress until a proposed sale in 2019. [9]

Rosenbaum also donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. [10]

2016 Democratic Party Platform

Rosenbaum served on the Platform Committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention as vice-chair. [11] The Democratic platform included a proposal to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which forbids government funds from being used for abortions. [12] Increasing taxes, a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and increasing the amount of government regulation all were cornerstones of the Democratic platform. [13] The platform was a shift to the left from the one President Barack Obama ran on in 2012: Changes to the platform from 2012 included calling for a $15 minimum wage, taxing carbon emissions, increasing red tape placed on the financial industry, abolishing the death penalty, and allowing the postal service to provide “basic banking services.” [14]

Funding Democratic Candidates

During the 2018 election cycle, Rosenbaum gave over $75,000 to Democratic candidates and PACs. [15] Prominent Democrats receiving contributions from Rosenbaum include the 2016 Democratic candidate for vice president Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), and Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA).

During the 2016 election cycle, Rosenbaum contributed over $110,000 to Democratic candidates and PACs. [16] He gave $33,400 to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and $10,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. High profile Democrats who received funding from Rosenbaum include Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). He gave the maximum contribution to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. [17]

Rosenbaum gave over $55,000 to Democratic candidates and PACs during the 2014 election cycle. [18] He donated $10,000 to the DNC alone. Democrats that received a donation from Rosenbaum include Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR). [19]

The 2012 election cycle saw Rosenbaum give over $80,000 to Democrats. [20] Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee all took a donation from Rosenbaum. Additionally, Rosenbaum was one of President Barack Obama’s top fundraisers, generating almost $500,000 in donations to the campaign. [21]

Labor Union Awards

In 2007, Rosenbaum was given the National Trade Union Council for Human Rights Award by the Jewish Labor Committee, a left-of-center pro-union group. [22] In attendance during the award dinner was former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg. In 2009, Rosenbaum received the Philadelphia Jewish Labor Committee’s Labor Human Rights Award along with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). [23]

Attacking Republicans

In 2015, Rosenbaum attacked Christian Republicans at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly saying, “you’ve got Evangelical Republicans supporting Israel because they are building a stairway to heaven on the backs of the Jews in Israel.” [24] Christians United for Israel called for an apology, and Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks said the remarks were offensive to “Evangelical Christians, who have demonstrated their unhesitating and passionate defense and support of Israel during some of the most difficult times Israel has faced.” [25]

References

  1. “Greg Rosenbaum.” Palisades Associates. Accessed July 9, 2019. http://www.palisadesassociates.com/rosenbaum.html ^
  2. “Greg A. Rosenbaum.” Bloomberg.com. Accessed July 9, 2019. https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=1102873&privcapId=2482810. ^
  3. Schere, Daniel. “J Street Popping Up in Role Traditionally Played by NJDC.” Baltimore Jewish Times. March 4, 2016. Accessed July 9, 2019. https://jewishtimes.com/46157/j-street-popping-up-in-role-traditionally-played-by-njdc/news/ ^
  4. “CAPAF Board of Directors.” Center for American Progress Action. Accessed July 9, 2019. https://www.americanprogressaction.org/c4-board/. ^
  5. “Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz’s Nominations for the 2016 Convention Standing Committees.” Accessed July 8, 2019. https://web.archive.org/web/20160412040503/http://www.shefalirazdanduggal.com/wordpress/wp-content/themes/shefali-duggal/images/Chair’s 2016 Standing Committee Appointments 1.22.16.pdf. ^
  6. Schere, Daniel. “J Street Popping Up in Role Traditionally Played by NJDC.” Baltimore Jewish Times. March 4, 2016. Accessed July 9, 2019. https://jewishtimes.com/46157/j-street-popping-up-in-role-traditionally-played-by-njdc/news/. ^
  7. “About Us.” National Jewish Democratic Council. Accessed July 9, 2019. http://www.njdc.org/about-us. ^
  8. “CAPAF Board of Directors.” Center for American Progress Action. Accessed July 9, 2019. https://www.americanprogressaction.org/c4-board/. ^
  9. “Think Progress: About.” Think Progress. 2017. Accessed July 9, 2019. https://thinkprogress.org/about. ^
  10. “Clinton Foundation Donors.” December 23, 2008. Accessed July 9, 2019. https://web.archive.org/web/20081231081511/http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2008/clinton-donors/?&page=153. ^
  11. “Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz’s Nominations for the 2016 Convention Standing Committees.” Accessed July 8, 2019. https://web.archive.org/web/20160412040503/http://www.shefalirazdanduggal.com/wordpress/wp-content/themes/shefali-duggal/images/Chair’s 2016 Standing Committee Appointments 1.22.16.pdf. ^
  12. “2016 Democratic Party Platform.” DNC. July 8-9, 2016. Accessed July 8, 2019. https://democrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2016_DNC_Platform.pdf. ^
  13. “2016 Democratic Party Platform.” DNC. July 8-9, 2016. Accessed July 8, 2019. https://democrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2016_DNC_Platform.pdf. ^
  14. Stein, Jeff. “Bernie Sanders Moved Democrats to the Left. The Platform Is Proof.” Vox. July 25, 2016. Accessed July 9, 2019. https://www.vox.com/2016/7/25/12281022/the-democratic-party-platform. ^
  15. “Donor Lookup: Greg Rosenbaum.” OpenSecrets. Accessed July 8, 2019. https://www.opensecrets.org/search?order=desc&q=Greg Rosenbaum&sort=D&type=donors. ^
  16. “Donor Lookup: Greg Rosenbaum.” OpenSecrets. Accessed July 8, 2019. https://www.opensecrets.org/search?order=desc&page=3&q=Greg+Rosenbaum&sort=D&type=donors ^
  17. “Donor Lookup: Greg Rosenbaum.” OpenSecrets. Accessed July 8, 2019. https://www.opensecrets.org/search?order=desc&page=3&q=Greg+Rosenbaum&sort=D&type=donors ^
  18. “Donor Lookup: Greg Rosenbaum.” OpenSecrets. Accessed July 8, 2019. https://www.opensecrets.org/search?order=desc&page=4&q=Greg+Rosenbaum&sort=D&type=donors ^
  19. “Donor Lookup: Greg Rosenbaum.” OpenSecrets. Accessed July 8, 2019. https://www.opensecrets.org/search?order=desc&page=4&q=Greg+Rosenbaum&sort=D&type=donors ^
  20. “Donor Lookup: Greg Rosenbaum.” OpenSecrets. Accessed July 8, 2019. https://www.opensecrets.org/search?order=desc&page=5&q=Greg+Rosenbaum&sort=D&type=donors ^
  21. Stone, Andrea. “Dems Confident They Can Stem Obama Jewish Exodus To Win Ohio, Florida.” HuffPost. November 5, 2012. Accessed July 8, 2019. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jewish-vote-ohio-florida_n_2077494?guccounter=1. ^
  22. “Jewish Labor Committee Honors Empire Kosher Poultry.” Yeshiva World News. June 24, 2007. Accessed July 9, 2019. https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/8079/jewish-labor-committee-honors-empire-kosher-poultry.html. ^
  23. “Philadelphia’s Labor Human Rights Award.” Jewish Labor Committee: Philadelphia’s Labor Human Rights Award. Accessed July 9, 2019. http://www.jewishlaborcommittee.org/2009/11/philadelphias_labor_human_righ_1.html. ^
  24. Miller, Paul. “Exclusive: National Jewish Democratic Council Leader Attacks Christians.” Observer. November 12, 2015. Accessed July 8, 2019. https://observer.com/2015/11/exclusive-national-jewish-democratic-council-leader-attacks-christians/. ^
  25. Miller, Paul. “Exclusive: National Jewish Democratic Council Leader Attacks Christians.” Observer. November 12, 2015. Accessed July 8, 2019. https://observer.com/2015/11/exclusive-national-jewish-democratic-council-leader-attacks-christians/. ^
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