THE ISRAEL LOBBY ENTERS STATE GOVERNMENT

RISE OF THE VIRGINIA ISRAEL ADVISORY BOARD

By Grant F. Smith

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Table of Contents

  Introduction
1. Project Biodiesel – The Jerusalem Connection And The Tobacco Commission
2. Evolving Jewish Demographics In Virginia
3. Where Did VIAB Come From? Jewish Federations And Citizen Lobbyists
4. VIAB Moves From The Governor’s Office To The State Legislature
5. U.S. Aid To Israel And Subsidies For Israeli Military Contractors
6. Sham Military Contracting At Oran Safety Glass
7. Israeli Settler Identity Laundering Through Project Turbine
8. Project Jonah Targets A Socially Conscious Market Leader
9. State Subsidies Behind Sabra Dipping Company Hummus Market Dominance
10. Making More Waste Out Of Trash At Project Re-Cycle Multi-Site
11. Conclusion – What Is Viab?
  Appendix 1 VIAB BOARD MEMBERSHIP AND SERVICE
  Appendix 2 VIAB BOARD MEMBER APPOINTMENT AND TOTAL VIRGINIA CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS
  Appendix 3 SUMMARY OF VIAB’S ENABLING STATE OF VIRGINIA LAW REMOVING ITSELF OUT OF THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE
  Appendix 4 FULL TEXT OF VIAB’S ENABLING STATE OF VIRGINIA LAW PASSED MARCH 30, 2018
  Appendix 5 FAILED SUBSTITUTE BILL THAT WOULD HAVE MERGED VIAB INTO THE VIRGINIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP FEBRUARY 28, 2018
  Appendix 6 TOBACCO COMMISSION LETTER FORGIVING $210,000 OWED BY VIAB VICE CHAIRMAN CHARLES LESSIN
  Appendix 7 TOBACCO COMMISSION REDACTED LIST OF VIAB’S PROJECT PIPELINE SUBMITTED BY VIAB VICE CHAIRMAN CHARLES LESSIN
  Appendix 8 SUN TRIBE SOLAR OFFERS ASSISTANCE FOR KING WILLIAMS COUNTY TO RESPOND TO “LOCAL POLITICAL FEEDBACK”
  About The Author
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