After taking over $165,000 from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an organization that donated to 37 Republicans who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, N.C. Sen. Valerie Foushee, D-Chatham, Orange, lost an endorsement from a progressive group in her race for the fourth congressional U.S. House district.
On April 17, the Progressive Caucus of the N.C. Democratic Party made the decision to retract their endorsement after it was revealed that Foushee took financial support from AIPAC.
The district that Foushee is running for includes Chapel Hill and Durham. The seat is open following the retirement announcement of U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., in October. Eight Democrats are currently running for the seat in the Democratic primary.
AIPAC's mission is to advocate for a strong relationship between the United States and Israel. It is a bipartisan organization and has donated to and endorsed both Democrats and Republicans.
Despite this, AIPAC has received criticism for recent donations to Republicans.
Some of these critics cite the organization's opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement and support of former President Donald Trump’s 2018 decision to move the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Foushee did not respond to The Daily Tar Heel's request for comment. However, in an email statement to The News & Observer, Foushee’s campaign said her 25 years of elected service speak to her commitment to progressive values.
"The insinuation that she could be bought by any interest group or donor is outrageous and offensive," the statement said.
Carrboro Town Council member Sammy Slade, who has endorsed Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam, said he applauds the PCNCDP’s willingness to stand up for its beliefs by retracting the endorsement.