comsc US Politics | AMERICAblog News: Gingrich-billionaire Sheldon Adelson now backing Scott Walker in Wisconsin
Join Email List | About us | AMERICAblog Gay
Elections | Economic Crisis | Jobs | TSA | Limbaugh | Fun Stuff

Gingrich-billionaire Sheldon Adelson now backing Scott Walker in Wisconsin

| Reddit | Tumblr | Digg | FARK

We know that Sheldon Adelson likes "dabbling" in electoral politics — if dabbling means making sledge-hammer-like purchases of right-wing politicians.

His latest buy is union-hating Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, now under siege in a recall election. From the AFSCME website (my emphasis everywhere):
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, facing a recall next month for taking away the collective bargaining rights of nearly 200,000 Wisconsin public service employees, has a new billionaire to fund his drive to stay in power: Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

Adelson, the same billionaire who almost single-handedly financed the failed campaign of GOP Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, is now “one of the embattled Wisconsin governor’s biggest donors,” according to John Nichols, writing in The Nation.

Adelson, an anti-union casino owner whose right-wing ideology makes him a perfect fit to fund Walker’s campaign, isn’t Walker’s only out-of-state backer. Nichols reports that 74 percent of all Walker’s donations “came from residents of other states[.]
How much has Adelson sent? From the Journal-Sentinel:
Walker received two $250,000 donations in the latest period. One came from Las Vegas Sands president Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino mogul who, along with his wife, put $17.5 million into Winning the Future, a super PAC supporting Gingrich.
The super-giving period may be over — see here for that quirk in the law governing recalls — so Adelson may have made his last deposit. But never mind, he's invested and he knows what he's buying.

For more on Sheldon Adelson, check this out. It's one of the best pieces of fun/scary journalism I've ever read. The author is Rick Perlstein, and he outdoes himself (not an easy task). The piece is called, "Why GOP Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Is Mad, Bad and a Danger to the Republic".

Perlstein has an embedded video that's not to miss. You can check it out for that alone, just to get the flavor of the man.

I'm not sure why this comes to mind.

Probably just something I ate.


To follow or send links: @Gaius_Publius

blog comments powered by Disqus