The Middle East lobby J Street â€” a tax-exempt 501(c)4 organization â€” paid tens of thousands of dollars to a consulting firm co-owned by its founder and president, Jeremy Ben-Ami, according to internal documents obtained by The Washington Times.
The documents, including invoices sent to J Street, show that Ben-Or Consulting â€” the Tel Aviv-based public-relations firm Mr. Ben-Ami co-founded in 1998 while living in Israel â€” charged J Street at least $56,000 over a roughly six-month period.
It looks like the left-wing â€œpro-Israelâ€ group J Street can now add â€œself-dealingâ€ to its growing list of scandals. Documents obtained by the Washington Times reveal that the group paid at least $56,000 to Ben-Or Consulting, an Israeli firm co-owned by J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami. This discovery isnâ€™t as juicy as some of the previous ones â€” itâ€™s hard to top lying about taking money from George Soros and aiding congressional visits for Judge Richard Goldstone. But it certainly confirms the groupâ€™s aversion to ethics and truth-telling