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While it is by no means a scientific survey, the crowds and enthusiasm at the re- ceptions following the first day of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference gave a clue as to where Jew- ish support is going in the primary election. The fact that five presi- Steven Rosenberg, M.D.F A.A.A.A.L Diplomate American Board of Allergy & Immunology American Board of Pediatric Medicine Carlos M. Jacinto, M.D.F.A.A.A.A.L Diplomate American Board of Allergy & Immunology American Board of Internal Medicine ALLERGY & ASTHMA ASSOCIATES OF CENTRAL FLORIDA THE FAMILIES AND STAFF OF ALLERGY & ASTHMA ASSOCIATES OF CENTRAL FLORIDA WISH TO EXTEND BEST WISHES TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR A HAPPY PASSOVER 1890 Semoran Blvd Suite 215 Winter Park, FL 32792 407-678-4040 6068 Apopka Vineland Road, Ste. 3 Orlando, FL 32819 407-370-3705 685 Palm Springs Drive Ste. D1 Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 407-331-6244 ] tkDY]F][ON NEV]ER '] S'Jt'qEU SO @OlOD. 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Political analysts often say that the Jewish community's influence in politics goes well beyond its percentage of the electorate: American Jews are more apt to give money to presidential can- didates than are other de- mographic groups, and do the grassroots work that campaigns thrive on. Those who come to an AIPAC conference have proven they are involved in the process, making them a perfect place for candidates to make their presidential pitch. "The men and women of AIPAC, including the college students, are as politically active collectively as any group in America," said Steve Grossman, a former AIPAC president and chair- man of the Democratic Na- tional Committee, who now advises Dean. Officially there is no fundraising at the AIPAC event, as both the candidates and AIPAC staffers often re- mind people. In fact, none of the contenders was in- vited to speak at the confer- ence, though all were offered the opportunity to host a re- ception and attend Monday's gala. "If we invited them all to speak, we wouldn't have time for our program, which ex- amines the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship," AIPAC spokeswoman Rebecca Dinar said. Still, more than half of the candidates made their who are central to the po- litical aspirations of the other people in that room," Grossman said. Indeed, at the pre-gala cocktail reception, lawmak- ers and aspirants grabbed as many hands as possible, and business cards were ex- changed freely. One of Graham's staffers carried a note pad, taking down names of each person the presiden- tial hopeful met. Many have wondered whether Lieberman's entry into the presidential field would hurt Jewish fund rais- ing for other Democratic hopefuls. Some in the Jew- ish community have joked that the need for Jewish money has prompted presi- dential candidates - includ- ing Dean, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and former NATO commander Wesley Clark - to speak at length about their Jewish connections, trying ,to balance Lieberman s perceived ad- vantage. "When I initially got into this I thought it was going to hurt, but it hasn't hurt," Dean told JTA. "Joe's con- stituency is very different than mine." Gephardt said that attendance at one night's event is not indica- tive of the big picture. "I've raised money from people all over the country," he told JTA. "All kinds of people give me money be- cause they think I do a good job." AIPAC may not be the best gauge for the Jewish community's support of can" didates. Goldstein saYS AIPAC voters are more hawk" ish a.nd conservative than they used to be, something that would help Liebermaa but hurt Dean and Gephardt" Many other Jews don t vote solely on Israel issues IR Whe] Sibel bitte Seern span: bigg~ and bine( and ] mind enjo$ coliil Years In of y, boxe cowb !hey in a r; OVer, happi breac presence known, largelybe- but on domestic poliCY, cause the next hand a candi- which leaves the field much date shakes at an AIPAC more open. event might lead to a check But there are some JeW5 in thefuture, that vote based on a "It's a good way to get in- candidate's take on Israel, e~" fluential, high profile and pecially at AIPAC. And per- often wealthy members of hapsoneofthestrongerca~" your core constituency," didates for 2004 among this said Ken Goldstein, a pro= group - President Bush " fessor of political science didn't need a reception ro ~ and Judaic studies at the "I probably will suPPl ,; University of Wisconsin. 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