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FORBES ^ | 2/21/2012 | Steve Bertoni

Posted on 02/21/2012 8:03:43 AM PST by bramps

This story is part of a larger profile appearing in the March 12th, 2012 issue of FORBES magazine.

Sheldon Adelson plays as stubbornly in politics as he does in business. So the criticisms that he’s trying to personally buy the presidential election for Newt Gingrich are met with a roll of the eyes. “Those people are either jealous or professional critics,” Adelson tells me during his first interview since he and his wife began funneling $11 million, with another $10 million injection widely expected, into the former speaker’s super PAC, Winning Our Future. “They like to trash other people. It’s unfair that I’ve been treated unfair—but it doesn’t stop me. I might give $10 million or $100 million to Gingrich.”

Adelson, the 78-year-old CEO of casino giant Las Vegas Sands, certainly can afford to: With a net worth of roughly $25 billion, that $11 million, which jolted Gingrich’s flatlining presidential bid back to life, equates to 0.044% of his fortune. For someone with a $1 million net worth, the equivalent would be $440, or a two-night stay at Adelson’s Venetian casino.

Is that fair? “I’m against very wealthy ­people attempting to or influencing elections,” he shrugs. “But as long as it’s doable I’m going to do it. Because I know that guys like Soros have been doing it for years, if not decades. And they stay below the radar by creating a network of corporations to funnel their money. I have my own philosophy and I’m not ashamed of it. I gave the money because there is no other legal way to do it. I don’t want to go through ten different corporations to hide my name. I’m proud of what I do and I’m not looking to escape recognition.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; adelson; gingrich; newtgingrich; sheldonadelson
Sheldon knows a winner when he sees one. Newt Gingrich is the only hope of this country changing it's course immediately. His record of accomplishments for THIS COUNTRY is immense. His record of conservatism is also without equal in today's field of politicians. I have followed his activities since he was elected to his second term in congress. He always made sense and was very logical in his solutions to problems. He converted the congress from Dumbocrats to Republican for the first time in 40 years by thoughtful and well planned solutions to an otherwise impossible task. He sacrificed himself for the good of the country and the party, and no one gives him credit for it. The crap that is focused on when one examines them are meaningless. So what if he was married three times, at least he got married. He didn't rape anyone or have his staff perform sexual favors for him. The public seems to think that's ok. If this country knows what's good for it, it will follow Sheldon's money!!!.
1 posted on 02/21/2012 8:03:48 AM PST by bramps
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To: bramps

Only chance America has is Newt Gingrich!

2 posted on 02/21/2012 8:12:16 AM PST by Logical me
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To: bramps

i am glad to see Newt getting the support. I have read that Adelson has an economic interest here, protecting his casino profits against lawful on-line gambling, which Mitt supporter Trump is advocating.

3 posted on 02/21/2012 8:13:49 AM PST by fatrat (extremely extreme right-wing radicalized veteran)
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To: bramps

“he might give $100 million to Newt Gingrich -

or other Republican”


Well, we’re down to two conservative Republicans, one Massachusetts liberal, and a nutjob congressman.

4 posted on 02/21/2012 8:14:33 AM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: bramps


5 posted on 02/21/2012 8:17:03 AM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: fatrat
his issue is Israel .... good on him


6 posted on 02/21/2012 8:18:12 AM PST by Elle Bee
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To: bramps
What about so-called campaign finance reform by none other than the tyrant Juan McCain? That unconstitutional piece of legislation limits our individual political voices but conveniently allows the likes of this. This, in my view, is the outrage.

Newt probably is well able to get the job done, so that's not the point. But it is (one more) indictment on McCain, and Bush for signing it, IMO.

7 posted on 02/21/2012 8:25:37 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Stop feeding the beast; spend money only with those who support traditional American values.)
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To: bramps

Adelson appears to have a different goal than you do.

8 posted on 02/21/2012 8:26:29 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: bramps

“Might” sounds like he’s advertising for a deal of some sort. Makes me suspicious.

9 posted on 02/21/2012 8:32:34 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: bramps

Correct title:

“Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Says He Might Give $100M To Newt Gingrich Or Other Republican”

Why did you change it?

10 posted on 02/21/2012 8:45:05 AM PST by bigbob
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To: bramps

Our side needs a billionaire whois is not part of the RINO establishment.

I’ll believe Adelson is our man when he agrees to match, dollar for dollar our Freeper contributions.

In the meantime, I think I’ll walk the canals of the faux Venetian tonight, and swing over to the Palazzo.

11 posted on 02/21/2012 8:52:45 AM PST by cicero2k
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To: bigbob

This is the money quote from the article:
“I might give $10 million or $100 million to Gingrich.”
Adelson doesn’t say he’s give $100 million to anyone but Newt. Your complaint is with the headline writer from Forbes.

12 posted on 02/21/2012 9:00:08 AM PST by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: cripplecreek

No. He shares the same primary goal. Replacing Obama with a Republican other than Ron Paul. His preference, which is obvious if you follow the timeline of his donations, is Newt. He’s been with him right along. Even in politics, sometimes a rose is just a rose.

13 posted on 02/21/2012 9:08:48 AM PST by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: bramps

What America needs is more free $peech in politics so $pecial interests can rule.

14 posted on 02/21/2012 9:47:35 AM PST by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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I think he should give $50 mil to resign. Saves himself 450 mil that way...everyone would be a winner

15 posted on 02/21/2012 10:04:44 AM PST by BubbaJunebug
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To: bramps

Must be nice to have that kind of spare change.

16 posted on 02/21/2012 11:34:12 AM PST by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: Logical me

So - one must ask - how has Adelson benefitted from Newt, or what is he expecting from a Newt presidency, to be willing to bet $100million?

Is he a major shareholder of a company that moved manufacturing to Mexico (NAFTA)?

Or does he expect some future special favors?

17 posted on 02/22/2012 12:19:44 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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