- The Chernicks did not respond to messages relayed through Horowitz and a spokesman. But according to Horowitz, Joyce Chernick offered four years ago to fund Spencer and Jihad Watch, then functioning as a stand-alone nonprofit, under the Horowitz Center’s organizational umbrella.
In 2010 Politico also confirmed that "the lion's share of the $920,000 the Freedom Center provided over the past three years to Jihad Watch came from Joyce Chernick." Chernick was also a "onetime trustee of the hawkish Washington Institute for Near East Policy." In that same article it was also suggested that the Chernicks were key funders behind the opposition to the Cordoba House initiative or "Ground Zero Mosque:"
- But there’s also big money behind the mosque opposition, as highlighted by the relationship between [David] Horowitz’s Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Jihad Watch — the website run by Spencer “dedicated to bringing public attention to the role that jihad theology and ideology play in the modern world” — and Joyce Chernick, the wife of a wealthy California tech company founder.
In addition to being a businessman, Chernick is believed to harbor "strong right-wing pro-Israel views." In a post dedicated to the Chernicks Richard Silverstein asks: "Is it any accident that Chernick’s philanthropy supports Muslim-bashing and provokes fear in the minds of New Yorkers and Americans that Muslims will harm American security and sully the memories of the 9/11 victims? Using Chernick's support for the neoconservative Foundation for the Defense of Democracies as one example, Silverstein also suggests that Chernick may have been one of the mystery funders behind the anti-Muslim film, Obsession.
- I hate to say it but in the Chernicks, we have yet another prospect for the mystery funder of the $20-million promotion of the anti-Muslim film, Obsession, during the last presidential campaign. Not to mention a prospect for funding the entire roster of three films produced by the Aish HaTorah offshoot, the Clarion Fund.
- Joyce Chernick - Aubrey is Joyce's husband
- Pajamas Media - Chernick is a a key investor
- Washington Institute for Near East Policy - Chernick was a "onetime trustee"
- Foundation for Defense of Democracies - Provided $120k in 2005 (his wife Joyce served on the board)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 LA Business Journal, "The 50 Wealthiest Angelenos: Aubrey Chernick - #42", Los Angeles Business Journal, 24 May 2010
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Laura Rozen, "The Park51 money trail", Politico, 4 September 2010
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Kenneth P. Vogel and Giovanni Russonello, "Latest mosque issue: The money trail", Politico, 4 September 2010, accessed on 29 October 2010
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Richard Silverstein, "CHARLES JOHNSON AXED FROM PAJAMAS MEDIA MANAGEMENT", Tikun Olam, 3 December 2007
- ↑ OneSource, "Joyce Chernick", OneSource, accessed on 29 October 2010