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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Las Vegas casino baron and billionaire Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government who dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president, could play just as big in the Nevada Senate campaign, where the employee he fired 15 years ago is locked in a tight race with the Republican incumbent.

Rep. Shelley Berkley, who represents liberal Clark County in and around Sin City, hopes to capitalize on favorable demographic trends to take out Republican Senator Dean Heller, the congressman appointed to the seat after John Ensign’s sex scandal sent him into early retirement. Traditionally a Republican stronghold — George W. Bush won it easily in 2000 and 2004 — the Silver State has moved steadily to the left over the past decade. President Obama won 55 percent of the vote in 2008, buoyed by strong support from a growing Latino electorate. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, far from popular, was able to hang on in 2010 by portraying his opponent, Sharron Angle, as a Tea Party extremist.

The latest Public Policy Polling survey of the race shows Berkley performing well, but trailing Heller 46 to 43 percent. Obama, on the other hand, leads presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney 51 to 43 percent.

“She’s not very well known outside of her Clark County base,” said Eric Herzik, a political scientist at the University of Nevada in Reno and an expert on local politics. “If Obama organizes well and wins Nevada, she will benefit from that. There will be spillover, coattails.”

But Adelson, who employed Berkley for some years as vice-president of legal and governmental affairs at his Las Vegas Sands corporation, has shown no qualms about taking advantage of the Citizens United campaign finance terrain to settle personal scores. That’s why he suggested he was willing to sink as much as $100 million into Newt’s presidential bid by donating it to a supportive Super PAC, a thank-you for bills the Speaker shepherded through Congress that benefited his casino business — and perhaps also for Gingrich’s comment that Palestinians are an “invented people.”

“He despises Shelley Berkley,” Jon Ralston, a Nevada political sage who hosts a popular television program on local politics, said of Adelson. “There’s no fixing it.”

According to Berkley, “My relationship with him began to sour the moment I urged him to hold jobs open at the Venetian [casino] for former Sands workers. The more I encouraged cooperation with the workers, the more I incurred Mr. Adelson’s wrath.”

The comments came in the midst of the PR war the two waged after Adelson fired her (he claimed she violated attorney-client privilege) and Berkley began her 1998 congressional campaign. Now, as then, Berkley will be forced to explain some crass (or just pragmatic) political advice, including audio tapes on which she suggests Adelson offer favors and financial contributions to Clark County commissioners and judges.

A barrage of negative TV commercials funded by Adelson’s millions (and channeled through a Super PAC) would make for sweet revenge. And with Berkley still introducing herself to voters in northern and rural Nevada, early spending that highlights the tapes (and her distinct New York accent) could make a permanent impression.

“People in the North do not like the South,” said Ralston. “They think we’re all out to steal their water.”

 

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

  • “Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president”.
    Why is one person allowed to donate this kind of money into a campaign????

    • EdC

      Because Republicans like them

      • nobody “likes” him. he just buys them. he is scum, he supports scum. he thrives on scum. he is a posterboy for the rightwing scumbags who think hitler and bush were the good guys.( corporate welfare, no controls, taxs’ on the rich , screw the working class) in a world where justice existed he wouldn’t.

        • Jon

          .. And I’ve got it under good intel that Satan won’t welcome the bum either so I guess we’re going to have to put up with his scumbag antics forever because, with heaven’s gate closed and Satan standing guard in hell, where else can the idiot go..?

    • ChristoD

      Because he CAN via the Supreme Court ruling of a year or so ago. He can do it via SUPER PAC’s. Welcome to the new American era of Robber Barron’s Part Deux.

  • William Deutschlander

    Adelson is “A” Typical of the “unsupreme Court”, “Citizens United” HORROR!

    In TRUTH the ruling should be titled “Minority of Citizens United”, for the auction of governmental influence and furtherance of Republican zealot idealogy!

  • EdC

    It always amazes me when someone with so much money will use it to limit his own salarie. Adelson and Wynn both back the Republicans, as does Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris and several others. Here’s the thing. Ninety percent of the patrons that go to the movies or go to the casinos are middle class wage earners. The Republican party wants to cut their wages, so therefore, simple math would tell us that with less wages these people would frequent these places of entertainment fewer times, thereby, lowering the return product. Maybe it’s the new math.

  • I live here in Las Vegas and my life is not depend on Sheldon Adelson.

  • ChristoD

    He is the ultimate narcissist. He and the Donald LIVE for recognition like this and $15mill is chicken feed to Sheldon Adelson the pride of Dorchester, Mass. who let nothing or no one get in his way of becoming rich beyond his wildest dreams. So that you understand his personality, he is an older version of Steve ‘the bully’ Jobs. To his credit, he created lots of jobs and made many, many people who were his friends and/or worked for him rich. He also is generous and compassionate but requires recogniton to feed his super ego. Now that you understand the person, this should give you a better understanding of who he is and why he is doing what he is doing. He is supporting Gingrich because Newt the Beaut will say ANYTHING to feed HIS narcisstic ego and above all to make a buck. The Beaut is all about himself and is using politics to be his alter ego. He has been very focal in support of Israels’ right to have their capital in the holy city and also positioning the US embassy there. Both of these men KNOW that that will be the catalyst for the next war in the middle east but they apparently do not seem to care. So these two peas in a pod feed off each other. The ultimate example of the ideological zealotry that Adelson holds can be seen in his quote from Time Magazine. He said and I quote: ‘I am against rich people having undue influence in American politics but as long as it is legal, I will do it’.

  • this is the kind of scum we alow to dictate our laws and steal our rights folks, look real close. he may own you sometime soon.

  • Like he wasn’t going to spend millions beating her anyway.

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