I stumbled across a reference to this quote in an LA Times column today, and was very surprised to see that it had received almost no play here on the Great Orange Hilarity Machine - only a sparsely-seen diary by NJMaverick. - o.h.
“I’m against very wealthy people attempting to or influencing elections."
-- Sheldon Adelson, billionaire sugar daddy
to Newt Gingrich
Interestingly, as far as I can see, the quote appears only in what Forbes says is "part of a larger profile appearing in the March 12th, 2012 issue of FORBES magazine." But when you go to the "larger profile," not only does that quote not appear, but pretty much the entire section of the "excerpt" in which the quote appears has essentially vanished.
Whatever. Here are a couple of the more classic bits from the "excerpt":
(Oh - and anyone who knows how might want to take a screen shot of the "excerpt," in case those quotes disappear forever.)
[T]he criticisms that [Adelson is] 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.”And then this beaut, combining quintessential rank Republican hypocrisy with Limbaugh-fueled, full-tilt George-Soros-Left-Wing-Conspiracy Derangement Syndrome:
“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 . . . "BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
And now, back to reality.
Thanks for reading!