Adelson "Limitless" Pledge Attacked...By McCain (Adelson now promising and additional 71 million to defeat Obama for Adelsons interests)

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    Jun 18, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
    Would we Americans put up with this and keep quiet if this money was coming from a Chinese Dual National, or a Russian Dual National ? How about from a Islamist Arabic Dual National ?

    Why or Why not is this OK coming from an Israeli Dual National, haven't they cost US Tax Payers enough money already without such obviously biased buying of our US elections ?

    Americans need to wake up !!

    Adelson "Limitless" Pledge Attacked...By McCain

    By Nathan Guttman

    Jewish Billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s recent pledge to pour $10 million into the Romney campaign coffers as part of a “limitless” cash infusion has shaken up the race for campaign dollars and is now coming under fire from an unexpected front — Romney’s own supporters.

    Senator John McCain, who was the Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and has been campaigning for Mitt Romney in recent months, raised a question even Democrats did not think of: Is Sheldon Adelson’s donation in fact a use of foreign money in the American political campaign?

    “Much of Mr. Adelson’s casino profits that go to him come from his casino in Macau, which says that obviously, maybe in a roundabout way foreign money is coming into an American political campaign,” McCain said in an interview on PBS’s News Hour.

    Adelson, a top supporter of Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and a major donor to the Republican Jewish Coalition, owns three casinos in Macau, a territory which is under the control of China. Profits from these Chinese casinos, alongside those from his hotels, conference centers and gaming facilities in Las Vegas, have made Sheldon Adelson the eighth richest American, with a personal wealth estimated at nearly $25 billion.

    In previous years, when the question of foreign money making its way to political campaigns came up, allegations had to do with direct and clear attempts by foreign individual or entities to influence the political outcome. Such was the case in 1996, when President Clinton was criticized for receiving donations from Chinese agents.

    Despite McCain’s remarks, there does not seem to be any evidence that Adelson’s donation to Romney’s Super Pac could be traced back to any foreign officials or to attempts by the Chinese to influence U.S. elections. McCain is a longtime critic of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that allowed the creation of Super Pacs. Adelson initially supported Newt Gingrich through major donations to his Super Pac and has thrown his support behind Romney after Gingrich dropped out of the race.

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    Jun 18, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    Thank you Roberts SCOTUS for undermining the Democracy that we had here in America in one fell swoop
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    Jun 18, 2012 8:28 PM GMT

    Israeli-American hardliner, Sheldon Adelson, bankrolling Newt Gingrich to the tune of $20 million., page 1

    Below is a discussion re: wherein lies Adelsons Primary Allegience, His money and reasons for backing what he does makes it obvious. This was writtien a few months ago before Adelson made the statement that he would spend endless amounts to influence the US Elections

    by gladtobehere on the blog, (ATS) Deny Ignorance

    Billionaire gives $5 million to pro-Gingrich group

    Sheldon Adelson: The Deep Pockets Behind Newt Gingrich

    Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson was the biggest funder of American Solutions, contributing $7.65 million and rumored to have committed $20 million to a pro-Gingrich super PAC, a report denied by an Adelson spokesperson. Whether the report is true or not, the facts increasingly show that the billionaire casino magnate is a central figure in Newt Gingrich’s political career.

    In Israel, Adelson’s importance stems from his close friendship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ownership of Israel HaYom, a free daily newspaper which supports Netanyahu’s Likud party. Back in the U.S., Adelson sits on the board of the Republican Jewish Coalition and is outspoken about his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    During the George W. Bush presidency, Adelson opposed efforts to jump start peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians and even took sides against the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) when the organization supported peace talks.

    Gingrich, who characterized Palestinians as “terrorists” during a December 10th GOP debate and told the Jewish Channel that Palestians are an “invented” people, would seem to be mirroring the hardline positions taken by his early, and cash flush, benefactor.

    Sheldon Adelson to Birthright group: Gingrich is right to call Palestinians 'invented people'

    American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who is a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and owner of the Israeli daily Israel Hayom, said on Sunday that he agreed with Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s controversial remarks that the Palestinians are an invented people. Gingrich’s "invented Palestinians" remarks to the Jewish Channel, a U.S. cable TV network, earlier this month were met with widespread criticism.

    “When you return to your countries of origin, speak in support of Israel – don’t let Muslim student organizations take over the campuses.

    Its depressing on two levels.

    First, its sad fact that money generally dictates outcomes in elections.

    Second, its disappointing that America will not be allowed to have a President or Congress which is permitted to place the interests of America above other nations, especially Israel.

    What are people to do when BIG money interests, not only domestically, but internationally, run our country?

    Sheldon Adelson obviously has a greater allegiance to Israel than America. Shouldnt it then be illegal to influence the outcome of our elections?

    I hope this thread doesnt get locked. I'm sure the regular opponents of free speech will be here to make claims of antisemitism but I've said nothing offensive. I think this is a legitimate question and an issue that warrants discussion.

    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

    - John F. Kennedy

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    Jun 19, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    Sheldon Adelson: All Israel, All the Time
    By Joe Klein | @JoeKleinTIME | February 21, 2012 | 63

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    I recently made a private vow not to use the term Israel Firster again, for two reasons: it’s derogatory (and it was, initially, my vituperative response to being called “anti-Israel” by assorted neoconservative blowhards) and it’s inaccurate — most of those who are, I believe, unduly aggressive about Israel’s national security think that the national security of Israel and the U.S. are identical. But how does one describe Sheldon Adelson, who says — tongue slightly in cheek, it seems — that he could spend $100 million to support Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign — and who also is known to have only one public-policy issue on his agenda: Israel or, perhaps more accurately, a Likudnik view of Israel’s national security priorities?

    Adelson compares himself to George Soros, who has spent a fortune supporting a variety of liberal causes and candidates. Fair enough, except that Adelson has only one cause and, in this presidential campaign, one candidate. His obsession is his right and, after the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision, his privilege. But it is unseemly and potentially disastrous for the U.S. (and also, I believe, Israel). The effects of Adelson’s money can be seen in Newt Gingrich’s warmongering, as reported today in the New York Times:

    And Newt Gingrich said at a stop in California recently that he supported Israel’s right to undertake “an operation designed to dramatically slow down or disrupt the Iranian nuclear system.”

    I suspect that a lot of Israel’s recent saber rattling has been part of an orchestrated attempt to increase the pressure on Iran to open the books on its nuclear program — and to the minimal extent that Gingrich’s (and Rick Santorum’s) statements add to that pressure, there is some value to them. But I also suspect that Adelson really thinks Israel — or, better still, the U.S. — should attack Iran, and there is no value in that, especially since many experts believe that the economic sanctions and global opprobrium orchestrated by the Obama Administration may well cause the Supreme Leader to blink soon.

    The neoconservative desire to bomb Iran is obnoxious and ill conceived but not unusual in American politics; witless pre-emptive aggression — as opposed to the justified military response to al-Qaeda’s terrorism — has proved generally disastrous since Vietnam. There are hints of a deeper unseemliness here, though. The notion that Obama is anti-Israel, which has been hinted at by all of the Republican presidential candidates except Ron Paul, plays into a subterranean campaign by some in the Jewish community to portray the President as soft on radical Islam (and, in its most shameless form, a secret Muslim radical himself). There is a whiff of soft birtherism here — not that Obama was born elsewhere, but that his worldview isn’t quite American.

    There is a certain irony in that. In the past, various ethnic lobbies — the free Chinese, the Irish, various Eastern Europeans — have pushed for U.S. military support of their causes and in some cases, like the arming of Taiwan, have succeeded. American Jews who support our eminently moral but geostrategically inconvenient military alliance with Israel, as I do, are acting no differently. But there is a line between arming the free Chinese for their own self-defense and attacking Beijing pre-emptively to make the world safe for Taiwan. This is a line that we’ve never crossed before. I would suggest that those who want to cross that line now, in the Middle East, don’t have America’s best interests at heart and probably not Israel’s, either.

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    Jun 19, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    Sheldon Adelson To Lavish $71 Million In Casino Money On GOP Super PACS, Nonprofits

    Posted: 06/16/2012 12:24 am Updated: 06/16/2012 5:22 pm
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    Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson speaks at a news conference for the Sands Cotai Central in Macau Wednesday, April 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    WASHINGTON -- Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, whose net worth makes him one of the world's richest men, is on a check-writing spree that will soon bring his total political contributions in this election cycle to at least $71 million, according to sources familiar with his spending. That money is spread across the spectrum of GOP super PACs, which are required to disclose donors, and nonprofits, which are not.

    Adelson and his wife, Miriam, along with other family donations, have already reached $36 million, including $10 million to the Romney-backing super PAC Restore Our Future that was reported this week. But two GOP fundraisers familiar with his plans say that Adelson has given or pledged at least $35 million more to three conservative nonprofit groups: the Karl Rove-linked Crossroads GPS, another with ties to billionaires Charles and David Koch and a third with links to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

    Adelson, 78, is a staunch supporter of the Israeli right and a strong foe of American unions. In recent years, Adelson has been a major financier of GOP-allied groups, but has emerged this year as the consummate super donor in the wake of 2010 court rulings that permitted corporations, unions and individuals to supply unlimited amounts of money, sometimes anonymously, to independent groups that can advocate directly for candidates.

    Adelson has told friends that he might give as much as $100 million in donations this year in support of GOP candidates and conservative issues. That target now seems easily within reach and could be surpassed, say the two GOP fundraisers with ties to the casino magnate.

    Crossroads GPS -- founded by GOP consultants Rove and Ed Gillespie in 2010 alongside the super PAC American Crossroads -- could wind up as the major recipient of the casino titan's largess, due to Adelson's longstanding and close ties to Rove. Crossroads GPS has already received one $10 million cash infusion this cycle from Adelson, who, according to the two GOP fundraisers, recently committed to another donation of the same amount.

    The fundraisers said that Adelson also recently committed to sending $10 million to a nonprofit with links to the billionaires Charles and David Koch. In January, Adelson for the first time attended one of the semi-annual conferences that the billionaire brothers host for wealthy conservatives to tout their favorite political projects. It's not known which of several Koch-affiliated nonprofits Adelson is expected to support, but the two biggest this year are expected to be the Koch-founded group Americans for Prosperity and the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights, which in 2010 was used as a conduit to send tens of millions to other conservative bastions, according to tax records filed with the IRS.

    Additionally, Adelson has committed $5 million to the Young Guns Network, a nonprofit group set up by former aides to Cantor, with whom Adelson is close and who, like the casino magnate, is a high-profile player in conservative Jewish circles. Adelson gave another $5 million earlier this spring to super PAC the Congressional Leadership Fund, which has ties to House Speaker John Boehner and whose intent is to ensure that the GOP keeps control of the House.

    The two fundraisers who spoke with The Huffington Post requested anonymity because they're not authorized to discuss publicly the donations of Adelson, whose net worth is just shy of $25 billion according to Forbes, placing him at number eight on the list of the richest Americans and 14th richest in the world.

    Adelson is chairman of the Las Vegas Sands, a sprawling casino empire with a hugely lucrative gambling operation on the Chinese island of Macau, the only legal hub for gambling in that country.
    According to an interview with Forbes several months ago, Adelson's huge political investment this year has been driven heavily by his dislike for President Barack Obama's policies, both economic and foreign, especially those pertaining to the Middle East.

    After weeks of speculation about when Adelson would help Romney-affiliated super PAC Restore Our Future, Adelson and his wife came through this week with a $10 million cash infusion, making the casino mogul the largest backer of the independent committee, which prior to his contribution had raised over $50 million.

    In late May, Romney met with Adelson privately when the candidate was in Las Vegas to attend a fundraiser hosted by real estate mogul Donald Trump.

    Adelson's support for Romney comes after he and his family spent some $21.5 million on the super PAC Winning Our Future in support of his favored GOP presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, who withdrew from the race in early May. Adelson had initially backed Gingrich, an old friend who shared his hawkish views on the Middle East and other issues, and the casino baron early on suggested that Romney was not as decisive in his views as the Georgian. But as the odds of a Gingrich nomination dimmed, Adelson sent strong signals that he would back Romney with major funding for his super PAC.


  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 19, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    A "limitless" pledge should be illegal