Wasting $92 Million On Losers in 2012 Wasn’t Enough, Sheldon Adelson Is Back!
Anyone with half a brain who spent $92 million backing losers in the 2012 election cycle would probably be turning his or her attention elsewhere at this point…but fortunately for the GOP, Sheldon Adelson may have less than half a brain!
Despite the poor showing in 2012, Adelson told the Wall Street Journal after the election that he was not turned off of political spending — and in fact would devote even more resources in the upcoming cycles. “I don’t cry when I lose,” he said. “There’s always a new hand coming up.”
Officially, the potential 2016 candidates will be at the Venetian for the spring meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, which begins Thursday with a golf outing, followed by a VIP dinner featuring [Jeb] Bush and hosted by the Adelsons in the private airplane hangar where Adelson keeps his fleet.
But some of the most important events will occur between the poker tournament, Scotch tasting and strategy workshops. That’s when Adelson is scheduled to hold casual one-on-one chats — over coffee, at dinner or in his private office — with the prospective candidates.
So what is required of a “prospective candidate” in order to tap into Adelson’s pockets?
Adelson, who is worth an estimated $37.9 billion, according to Bloomberg, is a staunch supporter of Israel. He has expressed little interest in some of the social issues that motivate the GOP base. But he is driven by what he has said he sees as Obama’s socialist agenda. He is a fierce opponent of organized labor and is currently embroiled in a fight to ban online gambling.
As long as you “support Israel” (which seems to require little to no regard for the beliefs of Arabs OR Jews in the eyes of most in the GOP) and you are willing to go up against organized labor and decry socialism (both boilerplate GOP positions ) plus defend Adelson’s business interests by opposing online gambling, you and your PAC could be in line for a BIG PAYDAY thanks to Uncle Sugar…er…Sheldon! Just ask Newt Gingrich, whose super PAC collected $20 million from Adelson despite having no realistic chance of getting the man elected at all.
Based on these minimal qualifications, I’d say pretty much everyone with an (R) after their name, with the possible exception of Rand Paul (who doesn’t even pretend to be pro-Israel), is in line for free money!
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