BY ELAINE MAGLIARO
Back in late March, Josh Green of Bloomberg Businessweek spoke on Bloomberg TV about a number of Republican politicians who traveled to Las Vegas to meet with—and “kiss the ring” of—Sheldon Adelson. The politicians—including governors Chris Christie (NJ), John Kasich (OH), and Scott Walker (WI)—all appear to be interested in running for president in 2016. It appears they’re also eager to curry favor with Adelson—the Chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands and one of the richest men in the world. Adelson has been extremely generous in the past with campaign donations to Republican candidates for office. The casino magnate was reported to have spent approximately $150 million dollars in an attempt to defeat President Obama and to help the GOP take control of Congress in 2012.
2016: Who’s Kissing the Ring of Sheldon Adelson?
As Pulitzer-Prize-Winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore put it, those Republican presidential hopefuls “went down to Las Vegas to bow at the feet of Sheldon Adelson, democracy-meddling billionaire extraordinaire.” Fiore added, “It was a pretty sorry sight as each of the potential candidates tried to out-Israel and out-tough the other as they vied for Adelson’s attention.
Sheldon Adelson’s Menagerie
#9 Sheldon Adelson (Forbes)
Sheldon Adelson’s Menagerie (Mark Fiore)
Sheldon Adelson Spent Far More On Campaign Than Previously Known (Huffington Post)