Hiding AIPACs Tracks In fact, the congress members know it when they list the contributions they receive on the campaign statements they have to prepare for the Federal Election Commission. But their constituents dont know this when they read these statements. So just as no other special interest can put so much hard money into any candidates election campaign as can the Israel lobby, no other special interest has gone to such elaborate lengths to hide its tracks. The Cost of Israel to US Taxpayers Although AIPAC, Washingtons most feared special-interest lobby, can hide how it uses both carrots and sticks to bribe or intimidate members of Congress, it cant hide all of the results. Anyone can ask one of their representatives in Congress for a chart prepared by the Congressional Research Service, a branch of the Library of Congress, that shows Israel received $62.5 billion in foreign aid from fiscal year 1949 through fiscal year 1996. People in the national capital area also can visit the library of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Rosslyn, Virginia, and obtain the same information, plus charts showing how much foreign aid the U.S. has given other countries as well. Visitors will learn that in precisely the same 1949-1996 time frame, the total of U.S. foreign aid to all of the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean combined was $62,497,800,000--almost exactly the amount given to tiny Israel.