Goldblog Assignment Desk, J Street Edition (UPDATED)
Goldblog can't travel to Hong Kong right now to find Consolacion Esdicul, the mystery woman who has provided seven percent of J Street's operating budget since the group was founded. But he would invite intrepid Hong Kong-based journalists to find Esdicul and ask her several questions, including:
1) Where did she get $811,697 to donate to J Street?
2) Why did she donate precisely $811,697?
3) Why did she donate at all?
4) Does she define herself as a progressive Zionist?
5) Does she believe that the Obama Administration's approach to peace-making has paid dividends yet?
6) Is she involved, as her "business associate" Bill Benter is, in sports betting?
7) What other organizations does she support?
This is a good story for someone. It sure as hell deserves exposure: Imagine if we discovered that AIPAC received seven percent of its funding from a Hong Kong-based woman possibly associated in some manner with a gambling concern? That would be a blowout story. So is this one.
Update: Yes, I'm aware that Sheldon Adelson, the almost-ridiculously right-wing Israel supporter who was once a donor to Aipac, owns casinos. But Adelson is American. The question for me on this Esdicul issue is this: Why is J Street taking money from foreign donors? Aipac, according to its spokesman, Josh Block, only takes money from American citizens. If anyone can contradict this assertion, please let me know. Another question: Was Ediscul a pass-through? And if so, why?