Politics 11:32 22/09/2021 World

Harut Sassounian: Turkish-American groups contributed $2.2mMillion to politicians since 2007

I came across a Turkish-American website, “tenthousandturks.org,” which is described as: “Ten Thousand Turks Campaign.”

The website includes the combined information of five separate Turkish-American political action committees (PACs): 1) Turkish Coalition USA Political Action Committee (TC-USA PAC); 2) Turkish Coalition California Political Action Committee (TC-CAL PAC); 3) National Coalition of Turkish American Lawyers Political Action Committee, (NC-TAL PAC); 4) National Coalition of Turkish American Women Political Action Committee (NC-TAW PAC); 5) Turkish American Political Action Committee (TURKISH PAC-TX).

The website states that the “Ten Thousand Turks Campaign,” was launched on April 29, 2010. It is “dedicated to reaching out to over 10,000 Turkish-Americans and friends of Turkey willing to take a stand to support candidates that understand the value of positive U.S.-Turkish relations.” This coalition of PACs has adopted the impossible task of fostering “positive U.S.-Turkish relations.” The leader of Turkey, Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has done a great job of undermining U.S.-Turkish relations as well as Turkey’s relations with many other countries. I suggest that instead of wasting their hard earned money, Turkish-Americans get rid of Erdogan which will immediately improve U.S.-Turkish relations.

The group’s website claims that the five Turkish PACs combined have raised a total of $2,152,849 from 2007 to 2020 for U.S. political candidates. Interestingly, the amount of contributions they have received has declined precipitously from a high of $510,765 in 2015-16 to a low of $202,640 in 2019-20. This may indicate that Turkish-Americans are not as hopeful about improving U.S.-Turkish relations by contributing to political campaigns. The website does not explain how the group was able to raise money in 2007 to 2009 before it was formed in 2010.

The Turkish website also provides the amount of money raised by each of the five PACs in the 2019-20 election cycle: TC-USA PAC ($57,500); TC-TAW PAC ($37,750); TC-CAL PAC ($44,490); TC-MIDWEST PAC ($35,800); and TURKISH PAC-TX ($27,000). Some of the groups have changed their names over the years.

Here is additional information regarding each of the five groups:

1) TC-USA PAC: This group’s fundraising declined from $231,950 in 2009-10 to $57,500 in 2019-20. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. G. Lincoln McCurdy is the Treasurer and Louette Ragusa is the Custodian of Records.

2) TC-CAL PAC: This group’s fundraising declined from t$64,400 in 2015-16 to $44,490 in 2019-20. It is headquartered in Long Beach, California. Maria Cakiraga is the Treasurer and Yelda Bartlett is the Northern California Representative.

3) NC-TAL PAC: No fundraising information is available on its own website. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The PAC’s Officers & Executive Committee Members are: Doreen Edelman, President; Robert Levent Herguner, Treasurer; Aylin Acikalin; Zeliha Arslan; Yelda Bartlett; and Lawrence Cenk Laws.

4) NC-TAW PAC: No fundraising information is available on its website. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Tuba Firincioglu is the Treasurer and Louette Ragusa is the Custodian of Records. Louette holds the same position with the TC-USA PAC. The website claims that there are nationwide 11 Turkish elected officials in city and local governments and none at state or federal levels.

5) Turkish PAC-TX: No fundraising information is available on its website and no executives are named. The group is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

The “tenthousandturks.org” website provides the following additional details: “In the 2019-2020 election cycle, the PACs contributed to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), Congressional Black Caucus PAC (CBC PAC), and Bold PAC (Congressional Hispanic PAC).

“The PACs also contributed to three U.S. senators, 61 candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, and 10 candidates for state or local races. The percentage of wins was 100% for the Senate, 98% for the House, and 50% for state and local offices. Further, the PACs were instrumental in rallying support for the 11 Turkish Americans running for public office in 2020, the largest number ever, and the three spouses of Turkish Americans for a total of 14 candidates.

“Notable successes by the PACs in the 2019-2020 election cycle were the following:

“(1) The comeback of Cong. Pete Sessions, the former Turkey Caucus Co-Chair, in winning Texas’s 17th congressional district after his loss in 2018 when he represented the 32nd district;

“(2) The election of Farrah Khan, a popular friend of Turkish Americans in southern California, as the Mayor of Irvine, California;

“(3) The election of Turkish American Aycha Sawa as the City Comptroller for Milwaukee, Wisconsin;

“(4) The reelection of Turkish American Tayfun Selen as a Freeholder (County Commissioner) of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders (County Commissioners) in New Jersey;

 “(5) The reelection of Ben Bartlett, spouse of Turkish American Yelda Bartlett, as a City Council Member in Berkeley, California; and

 “(6) The election of Leah Ersoylu, spouse of Turkish American Sarp Ersoylu, as a Trustee of the Newport Mesa United School District in Orange County, California.”

Naturally, Turkish-Americans have the right to contribute to political campaigns in the United States like any other American. The only issue is that they are using their political outreach to spread lies about the Armenian Genocide. Their political fundraising website is full of disinformation about the Genocide committed by Ottoman Turkey against Armenians. This is something Armenian-Americans need to counter with their own “One Million Armenians Campaign.”

 

By Harut Sassounian

Publisher, The California Courier

www.thecaliforniacourier.com

 

 


Source Panorama.am
Share |
Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:

Newsfeed

20:31
Armenian boxer Davit Chaloyan wins opening bout at World Championships
Super-heavyweight boxer Davit Chaloyan has won his opening bout at the 2021 AIBA World Boxing Championships being held in Belgrade, Serbia from...
20:18
Zakharova names optimal format for negotiations to unblock transport communications in South Caucasus
The most efficient format of the talks on unblocking the transport communications in the South Caucasus is a trilateral working group...
19:51
Armenia’s health minister busy terrorizing people
Gone are the days when they used to say, “get vaccinated to avoid getting sick.” It is now clear and even officially announced...
18:59
Four Armenian soldiers slightly wounded due to careless handling of ammunition – Defense Ministry
Four Armenian soldiers were slightly injured due to careless handling of ammunition, the Defense Ministry of Armenia reported. The incident...
18:42
Opposition MP: Nikol Pashinyan ‘crossing the line’
The With Honor opposition faction in the Armenian parliament has nothing to discuss with Nikol Pashinyan other than the issue of his...
17:50
Converse Bank: Energy efficient building materials – what you need to know?
Converse Bank is one of the leaders in Armenia with its mortgage lending, including energy efficient lending portfolio, offering long-term...
17:37
Armenia not discussing any 'corridor logic' issue, security chief says
Armenia is not discussing any 'corridor logic' issue, Secretary of the Security Council Armen Grigoryan told reporters on Thursday....
17:09
'Fluffernutter,' 'dad bod': Merriam-Webster adds 455 new words to dictionary
Amirite, or amirite? As the world evolves, words follow, which is why Merriam-Webster has added 455 new ones to the dictionary this month, CNN...
16:49
EU recognizes Armenia’s Covid certificates
The European Commission has recognized COVID-19 certificates issued by Armenia, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér...
16:23
Demand for Armenian dried apricots in UK grows strongly in 2021
The first half of 2021 saw a 77% increase in the customs value of dried vegetables and fruits export from Armenia against the same period in...
15:59
122 pregnant women hospitalized with Covid-19 in Armenia, health minister says
Armenia's Health Minister Anahit Avanesyan presented coronavirus statistics at a cabinet  meeting on Thursday, saying the hospitals are...
15:13
Russian peacekeepers to provide water for more than 300 families in remote settlements of Artsakh within two weeks
Russian peacekeepers have begun to fullfil tasks to ensure security during repair and restoration work on the water pipeline in Askeran region...
14:16
Kyrgyzstan to acquire Bayraktar UAVs from Turkey
Kyrgyzstan is procuring the Bayraktar TB2 tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Turkey's Baykar Defence, according to an announcement...
13:59
EIB invests in safer and energy-efficient kindergartens in Armenia
On 26 October, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the bank of the European Union, and the city of Yerevan signed work contracts for...
12:44
EU fines Poland €1 million per day over judicial reforms
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ordered Poland to pay a fine of €1 million ($1.2 million) per day on Wednesday over its decision to...
12:31
Armenian Ombudsman published facts about unlawful reinforcement near the border villages in Gegharkunik province
Then Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan published on Thursday new facts about the unlawful locations of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces...
11:37
Freedom House: Aliyev’s corrupt authoritarianism poses threat to freedom and democracy in the region
"It’s time for democratic nations across the world—including the US—stop ignoring the threat President Aliyev’s...
11:21
Armenia reports 2,307 fresh Covid cases on Oct. 28
Armenia has confirmed 2,307  new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 302,450 as of 11 a.m. Thursday, October...
20:30
An earthquake of magnitude 3.1 registered in Georgia
A small earthquake of 3.1-magnitude was recorded at 15.50 local time on Wednesday, 60 km away from capital city Tbilisi, the Seismic Monitoring...
20:16
Opposition MP asks whether Pashinyan has any plans to visit Artsakh
"It has been long time you have been insisting Artsakh was left out of negotiations since 1998, during the period of Robert Kocharyan's...
19:46
Delegation of the Holy See Secretariat visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial
The Substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of the Holy See Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, who is visiting Armenia on an official...
19:23
"With Honour" faction can discuss with Nikol Pashinyan only the text of his resignation - Hayk Mamijanyan
"There is only one topic the opposition "With Honour" faction at the National Assembly can discuss with Nikol Pashinyan and that...
18:37
Artak Zakaryan: We all renounce ‘the Artsakh and Armenia of tomorrow’
Armenia’s former Deputy Defense Minister and member of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Artak Zakaryan states the power in Armenia...
17:59
Artak Manukyan elected CBA Board member
Artak Manukyan was elected a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA) as a result of a secret ballot on Wednesday. 85 out of...
17:36
U.S. lawmakers urge Biden administration not to sell F-16 fighter jets to Turkey
Democratic and Republican U.S. lawmakers urged President Joe Biden’s administration not to sell F-16 fighter jets to Turkey and said they...
17:17
Tigran Abrahamyan: Azerbaijan and Turkey exert much pressure despite assurances about the opposite from Armenia's authorities
"Erdogan's latest statement clearly contains preconditions, specifically about the so-called corridor," opposition lawmaker Tigran...
16:46
Russia is probing into reports Kiev used Turkish drone in Donbass — Lavrov
Russia in contact with Donbass representatives is probing into reports Ukraine has used a Turkish drone Bayraktar in Donbass, Russian Foreign...
16:06
FM Mirzoyan: We value the consistent position of the Vatican on the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
"A new page in the history of diplomatic relations between Armenia and the Holy See will soon take place soon as the resident Apostolic...
15:00
Russian, Finnish presidents to discuss bilateral cooperation, global issues
Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto on Friday, October 29, the Kremlin press service...
14:55
Ruling faction MPs block adoption of statement condemning aggression against Artsakh
The Armenian parliament did not pass a statement on Artsakh drafted by the opposition Armenia and With Honor factions after urgent debates on...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}