Sunday, December 2, 2012

Livni Gets Boost in Campaign Funding with Kadima Split, New Media Stars

Tzipi Livni's new party is constantly in the move. Her campaign got a much-needed boost when she managed to convince Kadima MK Meir Sheetrit to become the seventh Kadima Knesset member to back her bid and defect from Kadima, which under campaign finance laws guarantees her campaign NIS 9 million ($2.3 million) in public funding. Sheetrit joins MK's Yoel Hasson, Orit Zuaretz, Robert Tiviaev, Rachel Adato, Shlomo Molla and Majallie Whabee in a crowded field over less than 10 realistic seats.

Former Labor leader, Amram Mitzna, has also agreed to join Livni, despite previous pledge to remain loyal to Labor party, and will be placed second on her list. Former head of the IDF Personnel Directorate Maj. Gen. (ret.) Elazar Stern and former Head the National Information Directorate in Netanyahu's office,Yoaz Hendel have indicated they were joining Livni, according to Israel's Army Radio.

"Mitzna was dealt a crushing blow when he tried to be elected chairman once again last year; there is a long list of very good people who have turned down Livni's offers to partake in her failed political maneuver," the Labor party said in a statement. "Livni has only managed to have the last of the leftovers and political losers join her."