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Source: Adelson family donating $5 million more to pro-Gingrich PAC


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Sheldon Adelson, center, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., his wife, Miriam Adelson, left, and President William Weidner, right, attend the opening ceremony of the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007.

Dr. Miriam Adelson, the wife of Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, will match her husband’s $5 million contribution to a political action committee supporting Republican Newt Gingrich’s presidential bid, a source close to the couple confirmed today.

Sheldon Adelson’s $5 million contribution to the Winning Our Future super PAC is credited with helping propel Gingrich to victory in South Carolina on Saturday, a key win for the former House speaker’s once faltering campaign for the White House. The news was first reported on Twitter by Sun columnist Jon Ralston.

The contribution from Miriam Adelson comes as the super PAC is preparing to air campaign ads in Florida, a state where Mitt Romney, Gingrich’s chief rival, has already been spending heavily.

Winning Our Future has been key in answering the onslaught of attack ads against Gingrich sponsored by Romney’s super PAC Restore Our Future. Gingrich’s super PAC recently spent $354,000 four-day ad buy in Tampa, Fla., according to Politico.

The Associated Press reported that the Adelsons have asked that the money be used on ads that support Gingrich and not on negative attacks against other candidates.

Sources close to the Adelsons describe Gingrich as a personal friend. Sheldon Adelson and Gingrich share similar philosophies on everything from America’s policy on Israel to taxes and government spending.

Sheldon Adelson came to Gingrich’s rescue shortly after he lost to Romney and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum in Iowa. His contributions have earned him notoriety as a potential kingmaker in the Republican presidential primary.

That donation helped finance the distribution of a 30-minute anti-Romney attack video that was aired in South Carolina. Gingrich won that state with 40 percent of the vote.

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  1. Welcome to the world of elections financed by super-rich donors willing to pay their way to play. And thank you, Supreme Court, for reversing 100 years of rulings in allowing such a travesty. I fear for the future of our great country...

  2. you know casino owners do not like to gamble..

  3. It appears that most of you are looking at the Ten Million donated by the Adelson family in the right way.

    Look at all the people being employed making signs, bumper stickers and TV commercials with all of this money.

    The Adelson family had this just sitting in the bank not providing any jobs and now people are working because of it.

    The best part is history has shown that the Adelson family has not backed Winners in the world of politics. Chances are his candidate is not going to end up in office.

    Let's hope he is still writing Five Million Dollar checks when Newt gets to Nevada!

    Let him spend, it is good for the economy. ;-)

  4. Wow...

    If we think that buying an election is okay, that this pouring of dough into super-pacs by the super-rich to buy out the nation's air-time is righteous, then we are totally screwed...

    That said, I would LOVE fer the Newtster to take on President Obama in November; that would be AWESOME!
    Uncle Newtie is, like 'Crazy' Angle, a gift that keeps on giving!

    Newton Gingrich is just plain NUTS...

  5. I thought gambling was a sin. Then again, so is adultery. Guess the Adelson and Gingrich clans make perfect bedfellows.

  6. Jameson,

    If all sinners could not run for office, and all sinners could not vote, there would be no elections.

    You might want to think about that before heading in that direction.

  7. The Adelson family..Could this be the same"Adelson"that fought with the Culinary Union over living wages for employees ?