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JStreetPAC co-chair hosts Obama fundraiser

by Jonah Lowenfeld

March 2, 2012 | 12:32 pm

Victor A. Kovner, a New York-based lawyer and co-Chair of the JStreetPAC board, hosted a fundraiser for Obama last night. (Photo courtesy Davis Wright Tremaine.)

The first of four fundraisers last night in New York that netted President Obama more than $5 for his reelection campaign was held in the the Upper West Side home of Sarah and Victor Kovner.

Victor Kovner, a lawyer whose practice focuses on communications law, intellectual property and commercial litigation, is one of two co-chairs of JStreetPAC, the political action committee that endorses federal candidates in an effort to advance the “pro-Israel, pro-Peace” group’s agenda.

According to a blog maintained by Legal Times staff, Obama spoke for 12 minutes and then took questions. The subjects covered included “the economic challenges facing the United States, as well discussion of Iran, Syria and the prospect of a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.”

“There’s no contradiction between having a smart foreign policy, a foreign policy that is consistent with our values, but also being tough and looking out for America’s national security,” Obama told the attendees, according to an ABC News report.

The President is scheduled to speak to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Sunday morning.

More than 105 people attended the $5,000 per person fundraiser on Thursday night, which brought in more than $600,000 for the Obama campaign.

According to a biography on the J Street website, Victor Kovner is a partner at Davis, Wright, Tremaine, LLP, and has been a member of the board of Americans for Peace Now since 1991.

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