billionaire ROMNEY/RYAN backer ADELSON sued the NATIONAL JEWISH DEMOCRATIC COUNCIL for $60 million for exercising free speech rights, DO WE STAND WITH MOST US JEW'S OR ADELSON/BIBI FOR WAR ? How about the gay REPUBLICANS ?

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    Aug 13, 2012 6:20 PM GMT
    Dear Friend, From the NATIONAL JEWISH DEMOCRATIC COUNCIL

    On August 8, billionaire conservative Sheldon Adelson sued us for $60 million for exercising our free speech rights and engaging in political speech. We will be blunt: We need you to stand with us -- your help today is crucial to push back against the up to $100 million he has pledged to spend to support his conservative Republican cause. Please give right now.



    We will not be bullied into submission, and we will not be silenced by power. In America, political speech regarding one of the most well-known public figures in our country is a fundamental right. Indeed, we feel it is both an American and a Jewish obligation to ask hard questions of powerful individuals like Mr. Adelson, just as it is incumbent upon us to praise his philanthropic endeavors.

    Mr. Adelson has said that in addition to the millions he has already spent on behalf of Newt Gingrich and the GOP, he plans to spend $100 million or more in the next few months on behalf of his deeply conservative political cause – even as he tries to silence us. Your donation today will permit us to work to get the facts out to American Jews – the truth about why the Democratic Party is still the natural home for the Jewish community.


    Please stand with us today – your donation at this moment is more important than ever.


    When considering this, remember that ADELSON HAS FINANCED NETANYAHU AND HIS FAR RIGHT LIKUDS IN ISRAEL and IS DOING THE SAME FOR ROMNEY HERE IN THE US, THEY WANT A WAR, WHOSE SIDE SHOULD WE TAKE ?
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    Aug 14, 2012 12:57 PM GMT
    Drop 'Silly' Defamation Suit, Sheldon

    Democratic Council Chair Offers To Debate Adelson on Issues


    Read more: http://forward.com/articles/160889/drop-silly-defamation-suit-sheldon/?p=all#ixzz23WajRUS0Drop 'Silly' Defamation Suit, Sheldon

    Democratic Council Chair Offers To Debate Adelson on Issues


    Read more: http://forward.com/articles/160889/drop-silly-defamation-suit-sheldon/?p=all#ixzz23WajRUS0

    Sheldon Adelson sued me, the National Jewish Democratic Council, and NJDC President and CEO, David Harris, on August 8 for defamation. The back story is that the NJDC circulated a petition urging the Republican National Committee and the Romney campaign to cease taking Adelson’s money until public allegations about his overseas business practices were resolved. Even Republican Sen. John McCain publicly expressed concern about “foreign money” (his term) from Adelson’s Chinese ventures flooding our political system.

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    Our petition created a minor ruckus in the Jewish communal world — Jewish agencies that benefit from Adelson’s incredible generosity publicly criticized us. Yet the petition itself only came after weeks of allegations about Adelson in the news media and on the Internet. Indeed, a Google search for such reports as of August 7, 2012 yielded almost 1 million results. Nevertheless, in response to the criticism, we took down our petition and criticisms of Adelson from our website in the interest of shalom bayit.

    Apparently, that was not enough for Adelson.

    It appears that Adelson, with his billions of dollars, not only wants to control political speech and buy the election for the Republican side. He also wants to stifle the exercise of free speech by a small group of Democratic Jews. This is a classic SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) suit, one which the multiple lawyers and law firms he has allegedly consulted surely have advised him he cannot win because he is undoubtedly a public figure and has thrust himself into the political arena.

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    Aug 14, 2012 1:02 PM GMT
    Dude. Seriously. Thread title. Too much screen real estate