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October 25, 2014

Would Sheldon Adelson Underwrite the 2016 Republican Convention?

It’s a good bet that Las Vegas Sands Corporation owner Sheldon Adelson would do a lot to get the 2016 Republican convention to come to Las Vegas. The question is how high will the stakes go.

Peter Overby’s NPR article, “Say Goodbye To The Taxpayer Funded Political Convention,” highlights the recently passed bill that will prohibit $18+ million in public funds from being used for each of the 2016 the national party conventions. President Obama is expected to sign the bill.

Political MoneyLine’s earlier posting, “Corporations Can Expect To Pay More For Conventions,” points to corporate contributions as the likely source of funds to replace the loss of federal funds.

Today is the deadline for groups supporting specific cities to submit bids to the Republican National Committee for the 2016 Republican convention. A Las Vegas Review-Journal article indicated that the Las Vegas Host Committee is submitting an updated bid to host the convention at the Las Vegas convention center. The convention hosts committee may need to raise $50 to $75 million to cover the expenses.

The Washington Post’s article, “Billionaire mogul Sheldon Adelson looks for mainstream Republican who can win in 2016,” indicated Adelson was lending his support to the Las Vegas bid.

After spending $100+ million in the 2012 elections, billionaire Adelson, or his company, could easily underwrite the convention. He, or his company, might even consider it a lobbying expense for a policy to ban internet gambling. View Political MoneyLine’s posting, ”Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Hires Blanche Lincoln.”

Update 3/27: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced legislation on Wednesday to reverse the Justice Department’s December 2011 decision to expand online gaming. The New York Times claims the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, H.R. 4301, was originally drafted by Adelson’s lobbyist.

  • http://www.Facebook.com/ElectEddieInLibertyHamilton EDDIE-InLiberty-HAMILTON-4-GOV

    GET A JOB, will ya’ (plenty of new opportunities out there; but may have to relocate or learn new skills).

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  • Cliff Hutchison

    Why do say “the Republican Senate”? Republicans don’t control the Senate, Democrats have had the majority there for 8 years now, since January of 2007. Get informed of the basic facts before making your sarcastic accusations.

  • YONATAN C

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    I think what’s worse than the Republicans deliberately stalling, and dragging their feet these past several months, is that they’ve made us feel that we’re actually wrong to expect help from the government. There are others (employed) that think the same way also. But I would like to remind the politicians and some of the public, that we unemployed, have worked many years paying into the system , for others who were in need of help. This money came out of our paychecks in the form of taxes. These taxes were also used to bail out the Banking and Airline industries, several years back. I’m sure I don’t need to remind everyone, that after the bailouts, the CEO’s of these companies were actually given huge Bonuses. Only in America can a corporation destroy an economy, get bailed out, and give themselves huge bonuses. All thanks to you and me the tax payers. (the 99%). There wasn’t much debate in the congress and senate to decide to use tax payers money to bail out these greedy corporations. However, the unemployed have had to wait patiently, hoping and praying that the senate will pass the unemployment extension bill to help them. Just the other day the congress approved a billion dollar foreign aid bill for the Ukraine. Again, the bill seemed to pass quickly through the congress. There was no waiting or debate about approving it. The unemployed have been used by both political parties, as “bargaining chips”, and “political leverage”. They’ve been playing “party politics” while these families have faced evictions, home foreclosures, bankruptcy, and homelessness. These families have been hurting these past three months, while the senate takes break after break, vacation after vacation, all in the hope that the unemployed would just go away. However, I wish to remind them, that we are angry and will make sure we’re heard on election day at the polls. There is more than two million of voters who have been affected by their lack of compassion and human decency. And we will be heard loud and clear at the polls

  • Haymitch Abernathy

    The liberty school recognizes the dangers to liberty posed by collectivists who seize upon temporary crises to centralize government power.

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