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He’s incurred the wrath of Congressional liberals, and even faced down death threats. But political foes never ruffled Michael Mukasey, former US Attorney General and past chief judge of Manhattan’s federal courts — the only observant Jew ever to hold either post. Yet it wasn’t all opposition, like when President Bush “put his arm around my shoulder and told me I had real guts.”
It’s the quintessential dilemma of the fundraising world: How can we raise a lot of money? While this question has led solicitors in the direction of bigger galas and more extreme contests, could the answer lie in one simple word — crowdfunding?
Stephen Harper says what he means and means what he says. Not everyone talks that way, but it’s endeared him to Canada’s Jewish community, who see him as that rare international leader proud to defend Israel on moral grounds. Perhaps that’s why he chose a Jewish community event to serve his opening volley on foreign policy in the 2015 campaign.