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CEO and Chairman of Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson speaks during a news conference at the Marina Bay Sands convention centre in Singapore June 23, 2010.
Sheldon Adelson is exercising his 'freedom of speech' in unprecedented fashion (Vivek Prakash/Reuters)
Savor the freedom of speech:
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is giving $10 million to the 2012 election efforts of the Koch brothers, a Republican Party insider in Nevada confirms.
This brings Adelson's total 2012 spending to a mind-numbing $46.5 million: $16.5 million went to Newt Gingrich's Super PAC (some of that was donated by his wife), $10 million is going to Mitt Romney's Super PAC, $10 million is going to Karl Rove's Crossroads group, and now another $10 million is going to the Koch Brothers.

But while spending nearly $50 million might seem like a lot, Adelson isn't done trying to buy the election for Mitt Romney and the Republicans: He's said the amount he expects to spend is "limitless" and could easily exceed $100 million. As absurd as that figure sounds, Adelson isn't bluffing: He's one of the 15 richest people in the world and could easily spend $1 billion if he wanted to. And the only people that happier about that news than Mitt Romney are the media consultants who will take their 15 percent commission on the ads his millions buy.

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  •  And let's make Super-Pac donations tax-deductable! (9+ / 0-)

    I wish that that didn't have a decent chance of becoming a reality.

    If you never let the facts get in the way of what you believe, you just might be a Republican.

    by kitebro on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:17:04 AM PDT

  •  They speak loud and carry a bigger shtick nt (9+ / 0-)

    Not blaming Bush for the mess we're in, is like not blaming a train engineer for a fatal train wreck because he's no longer driving the train.

    by JML9999 on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:17:09 AM PDT

  •  And I pray what he gets for his millions is ... (23+ / 0-)

    ..  one humongous defeat and a good lesson that you can't buy America.

    "It does not require many words to speak the truth." -- Chief Joseph, native American leader (1840-1904)

    by highfive on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:18:13 AM PDT

    •  Billionaire pimp Sheldon Adelson joins the (6+ / 0-)

      Koch/Rove/Romney campaign.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

      It doesn't get any better than this. Unless there's a picture of the 5 of them holding hands.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:23:20 AM PDT

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    •  Pimp my Bentley nt (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW

      Not blaming Bush for the mess we're in, is like not blaming a train engineer for a fatal train wreck because he's no longer driving the train.

      by JML9999 on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:23:53 AM PDT

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    •  Who could have imagined? (8+ / 0-)

      What an upstanding human being.

      "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

      by 417els on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:27:17 AM PDT

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    •  Pimp is right. He is being investigated. (1+ / 0-)
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      ozsea1

      He "has drawn interest from U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission investigator for possible violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, according to a filing with the SEC." according to an NPR story.

      I wrote about it several days ago.

      Adelson personally approved Hookers in Macau Sites according the an ex manager of the properties.

      So he has a very good reason to buy Rmoney with his Asian made gambling money.
      I know he has Las Vegas properties too but I have heard that most of his money is made in the Asian properties.

      If we bring charges against him of course he will have the rethugs protecting his back, by yelling it is politically motivated, to keep the gravy train going.

      If we don't it might be said we don't because he is too big to jail.

      Just as an off side remark, I wonder how far 'personally approved' goes? Wanna bet he has spent a night with a few?

      Also how would we prove anything. People who could tell will 'disappear' and we know he will never turn over any incriminating documents.

      Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Just A Real Nice Guy, thinking out loud.

      by arealniceguy on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:33:31 AM PDT

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    •  The gambling biz never did really get clean (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      David54, native

      from its Mafia roots. You don't make Adelson's kind of money in that game without being deep in organized crime dirt. My bet is that the pimping is just the tip of the iceberg. It's way past time for a real criminal investigation of the whole industry.

      But even if he were pure as the driven snow, he's a poster child for the lies about "success" meaning a person who is rewarded for his usefulness to society. If we had real news media in this country, they'd be asking just what he and his kind contributed to deserve the ridiculous amount of money he's skimmed. Answer: not a damn thing, like the rest of the 1 percent.

      In America, a rising tide lifts all yachts and drowns the workers who built them.

      by DaveW on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 11:19:14 AM PDT

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    •  Hey.. (0+ / 0-)

      Sheldon Adelson is the "+1" guy that Romney needs to get to 50% +1 . . .

  •  Sooo, tell me, Jed... (6+ / 0-)

    ...what will this putz do if he spends "limitless" amounts of money to get an ultra-goy elected, and Romney loses?

    Plotz?

    He's dim, Jed!

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:18:58 AM PDT

  •  Be careful, billionaire wingnuts (12+ / 0-)

    At this rate all your campaign spending will have a stimulus effect on the economy.


    Strange Angels - a progressive online dating site.

    by Zackpunk on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:20:23 AM PDT

  •  Love the hair dye. Genuine. (10+ / 0-)

    Genuine bleccchhh.

    rMoney: Just another jerk, lookin' for work.

    Where have you gone, 50-state strategy?
    Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

    by OleHippieChick on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:20:45 AM PDT

    •  I was thinking "that orange hair..." He's not of (2+ / 0-)
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      arealniceguy, OleHippieChick

      this world, in many ways.

      "Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person." David Korten, When Corporations Rule the World

      by Delta Overdue on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:32:41 AM PDT

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      •  Maybe 'not of this world' explains (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        OleHippieChick

        why he is doing out of the ballpark financing of the rethugs. Gotta protect his asian hooker harem you know. Obama will have no qualms about investigating him so he has to buy the rethugs.

        Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Just A Real Nice Guy, thinking out loud.

        by arealniceguy on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 11:23:09 AM PDT

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    •  Aw come on, he's just a real stylish dude, (1+ / 0-)
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      OleHippieChick

      he's a swinger. The red hair gives him that youthful look, dontcha think?

      "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

      by native on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 02:39:56 PM PDT

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  •  this is why I still don't trust the Chief Justice (6+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, dougymi, marykk, BlabberMan, Thumb, ozsea1

    who was in the majority to overturn the Montana anti-corruption law, the one that was supposed to present a challenge to Citizens United. The five "justices" who couldn't see how CU might lead to corruption shouldn't be in a position to assess anything.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:21:39 AM PDT

    •  Roberts should be impeached over this. (4+ / 0-)

      He's reduced the value of the vote of millions of Americans over an issue that the Founders never directly addressed.  It's an indefensible position.

      Ultimately the billionaire's poney-show elections will be regarded as illegitimate, but only after the damage is done.  

      He's thrown away 30 years of our lives and made us all immeasurably poorer and more helpless.

      I hope the bed-bugs bite him.

      A nation of sheep will surely beget a government of wolves.

      by BlabberMan on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:32:27 AM PDT

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  •  Why do the Kochs need his money? (7+ / 0-)

    Did he clean out his couch cushions and find an extra $10 million he didn't know about? Why do the trillionaire Kochs need that piddling amount, when you plan to spend a couple of billion of your own money? Is it just to make himself feel that he's doing something, and can brag about it to his 1% buddies? This makes no sense to me.

    Romney 2012 - ALL GLORY TO THE ROMNO-TOAD (((@-@))) !!!

    by Fordmandalay on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:21:55 AM PDT

  •  Get out of Jail Platinum Card (9+ / 0-)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Sheldon Adelson, Other Super PAC Donors Have Corporate Bribery Issues

    WASHINGTON -- A federal law to prevent U.S. companies from paying bribes to business overseas recently came to the forefront when The New York Times reported that Walmart officials had covered up alleged bribes made by company representatives in Mexico. The retail giant faces federal investigation for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Wealthy individuals connected with Walmart have meanwhile taken advantage of new campaign finance rules that allow for unlimited contributions -- and raise fears of unlimited influence over a future administration.

    Jim and Alice Walton, children of the founder of Walmart, have contributed $200,000 each to Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign. Jim Walton sits on the board of Walmart, and both owe their place near the top of the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans to their stake in the company.

    The Waltons are not alone among super PAC donors with businesses facing FCPA investigation. At least three other major contributors currently have FCPA worries, and others may be looming. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, another big-money campaign spender, continues its lobbying to loosen enforcement of the anti-corruption law.

    Campaign finance watchdogs warn that limitless contributions to super PACs today could influence future priorities at the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, where FCPA investigations originate.

    Not blaming Bush for the mess we're in, is like not blaming a train engineer for a fatal train wreck because he's no longer driving the train.

    by JML9999 on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:22:50 AM PDT

  •  At least it's really legal. (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, lineatus, Iberian

    Adelson lives in Nevada. It is lOK to spend a lot of money on professional tail there.

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:22:56 AM PDT

  •  Dems, Priorities should make this guy famous... (19+ / 0-)

    Make him the face of the Citizens United ruling and how one man is spending near $50M of money he largely made in Chinese off-shore casino's.

    I think most folks would see it as obscene and very wrong.  I mean Meg Whitman spent $100M of her own money and it largely backfired.  Try to lure this guy out to try to defend himself on television - these guys usually say something stupid which would be brilliant for us.  

    •  Same idea here. (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, ozsea1

      Make sure that every voter in America knows who he is, what he looks like, and what he's doing. MSNBC needs to dig up every frame of B-roll they have of this guy and start running it until we're all sick of the sight of him (well, I am already, but you know what I mean).

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:40:23 AM PDT

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    •  This is a good idea (0+ / 0-)

      and I hope someone in the Obama PR camp picks up on it. Adelson can't afford to be seen on TV - he comes across even worse live than he does in photos. He would be the ideal poster child for an anti CU campaign, because he's not slick like the Kochs are.

      "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

      by native on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 02:52:55 PM PDT

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  •  sick. Democracy for sale to the highest (8+ / 0-)

    bidder. Why even have a vote ?

    This should not be legal. It is not right.

  •  In this "free speech" environment (5+ / 0-)

    the only solution is to attack how the donors get their money.

    No Jesus, Know Peace

    by plok on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:26:56 AM PDT

    •  Actually, (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ozsea1

      the only end game "solution" would start with a mocking ad campaign showing regular folk and telling them Citizens United says they have the same right to spend $50 million buying politicians as Sheldon, closing with a call for a Constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United. Another ad for a CA could be based on "Why are (opponents) afraid of a fair fight?"

      It wouldn't be easy, or quick, or guaranteed, but as long as we're going to attack where large donors' money is coming from (or the general concept of large donors buying elections) why not use a CA as an underlying unifying theme?

      The fight over a CA alone would highlight everything we want to do to show the insanity of unlimited campaign funding, win or lose.  

      The polls don't tell us how a candidate is doing; they tell us how the media is doing.

      by Thumb on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:39:37 AM PDT

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  •  The great irony here... (5+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, sidnora, ozsea1, Gator Keyfitz, native

    ..is that if this Adelson character was a factory worker making $15.00 an hour, he would probably be a decent human being.

    But since he is a billionaire, he is an insane tyrant with designs on purcahsing himself a puppet (Romney) who he can then use to further his agenda of worldwide despair & suffering.

    To all the Republicans who think great wealth makes you a superior species of human being, look at how being a billionaire has driven Adelson into  unrepentant madness.

    Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate. ~ Proverbs 22:22

    by wyvern on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:27:00 AM PDT

    •  I don't get why you think he would be a (3+ / 0-)
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      Iberian, Thumb, native

      decent human being if he were "poor." If he were ever such a decent human being at any time, he would have not have been able to amassed this fortune. You don't own casinos by being a decent person. Look at trump. Look  at both of their phoney heads of hair.

      "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats ..." - Kenneth Grahame -

      by RonK on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:53:53 AM PDT

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  •  Avoid the Sands and Venetian casinos (11+ / 0-)

    in Vegas because Sheldon Adelson owns them. He also owns a casino in Bethlehem, PA.

    Guys like this annoy me, he makes his fortune on Vegas casinos, then busts unions so now people can't afford to take vacations to places like....I dunno... Vegas?

    "I read this- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of $#!^ I'm never reading again!"-Officer Barbrady

    by Broke And Unemployed on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:28:36 AM PDT

  •  Hold the Phone!! (11+ / 0-)

    If he's making that money in Macau or Singapore or somewhere, isn't that foreign money being spent on US elections? Isn't that illegal? What am I missing here??!!

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:29:20 AM PDT

  •  This news (5+ / 0-)

    should help Romney get defeated.
    Just looking at that joker turns my stomach.
    And wants me to give more bucks to Obama!

  •  Poster boy for the evil of Citizens United. (7+ / 0-)

    In addition to being a taxidermist's Gold Medal winning entry.

    "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

    by 417els on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:32:09 AM PDT

  •  Oy vey Sheldon (8+ / 0-)

    all that money and you can't buy a decent dye for those 50 hairs you have left.  

  •  Tsk tsk Sheldon (6+ / 0-)

    Such a shonda for the goyim.

    The people have spoken and they're both named Koch. - Andy Borowitz

    by Red Bean on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:36:37 AM PDT

  •  Keep in mind (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, native

    These are the so highly touted reagan capitalist 'job creators' by their representatives who are on our payrolls and are supposed to represent us!!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:37:16 AM PDT

  •  Yeah...it'd be a good year to be a media salesman. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    Commission city...though you'd have to deal with the likes of Romney.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right. I'm riding in the Tour de Cure. You can donate here.

    by darthstar on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:37:40 AM PDT

  •  We need to inextricably tie this bastard (5+ / 0-)

    to Romney. Every pro-Obama super-PAC should be flashing his mug and history juxtaposed with smilin' Mitt on every TV screen in the country.

    Sure, the crybabies will bitch about Obama's "enemies list" and "intimidation," but ever since Thursday, I've started to grow accustomed to their tears of impotent rage :-)

    All the original handles were taken.

    by liberaldeminpittsburgh on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:39:33 AM PDT

  •  yard sales (4+ / 0-)

    for Obama! Whatever it takes, we (the people) can't let these bastards buy a president!

  •  Avoids Sands casinos AND the artists who perform (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    there, the restaurant chains that are located there (and pay him rent), etc.  He can use his Macau (China) foreign profits to help fund these generous political efforts in behalf of Romney and the GOP, something even John McCain on occasion finds offensive.

  •  Adelson needs glasses (3+ / 0-)
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    milkbone, bewareofme, native

    He seems to think Romney has a for sale sign on him.

    Oh wait...am I missing something?

    "I have spent many years of my life in opposition and I rather like the role." - Eleanor Roosevelt. I would like to add that I am a happy atheist!

    by Rogneid on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:42:57 AM PDT

  •  Killing democracy, $10,000,000 at a time. (5+ / 0-)

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:44:17 AM PDT

  •  Can you even imagine this guy (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bewareofme

    at the horse track?

    There is nothing more exciting than the truth. - Richard P. Feynman

    by pastol on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:50:10 AM PDT

  •  Jesus. What an evil old bastard. (3+ / 0-)
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    bewareofme, Gator Keyfitz, native

    The textbook image of a capitalist pig.

    (That was my honest impression when I saw him.)

    "If I offended anybody, I'm sorry."

    I was seeing what Adam had seen on the morning of his creation - the miracle, moment by moment, of naked existence. --The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley

    by Wildthumb on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:50:13 AM PDT

  •  This is the Face of Citizens United. (7+ / 0-)

    This is what SCOTUS wrought. Guy looks like Jabba the Hutt. Same personality too. What is it they say?. . . after 50 you get the face you deserve.

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:50:50 AM PDT

  •  Adelson: "Why is it fair that I should be paying (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bewareofme

    a higher percentage of taxes than anyone else?"

    All the original handles were taken.

    by liberaldeminpittsburgh on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:52:16 AM PDT

  •  All that money and his hair looks like that ? (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, Delta Overdue, Kdoug

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:57:55 AM PDT

  •  "Windfall Tax" (0+ / 0-)

    Should be a central plank of the Democratic Party.  Pass it in 2014 when Dems control all three branches again, and use reconciliation to do it.

    Increases taxes to 45% on all income over 1 million dollars.  

    DO IT.  Enough with these assholes.  

  •  Again, Money Does Not Equal Speech. (3+ / 0-)
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    RonK, FiredUpInCA, Calamity Jean

    If that was true, then rich people have greater speech rights than poor people. That's not what the founders had in mind. Citizens are not supposed to have more of a right than other citizens.

    Obamacare is upheld by the SCOTUS. Time for some Kossacks to eat a plate of crow.

    by kefauver on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:58:25 AM PDT

  •  The Beatles were wrong (0+ / 0-)

    The song should have said "Money can't buy you hair (that people won't laugh at)"

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:58:26 AM PDT

  •  Chump change, compared to the Kochs (2+ / 0-)
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    peptabysmal, native

    They'll spend about 400 million through their various groups, much it their own money.

    http://www.politico.com/...

    •  Right, when you have all the money in the world (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW

      about all that is left that you don't or can't have, is a country. Why not buy this one. Once they buy this one (heaven forbid), what will be left for them to buy?

      "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats ..." - Kenneth Grahame -

      by RonK on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:04:31 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Yeah but the Kochs (0+ / 0-)

      are slick as an oily snake. They support lots of charities and such, and they're hard to attack. Adelson is just this big ugly lonesome toad - he's like a target waiting to get hit.

      "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

      by native on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 03:18:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  And yet rich folks like him refuse to pay more (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RonK, Gator Keyfitz

    in taxes. If someone is so filthy rich that they can spend 100 million, or more, on elections, they can put some $$ into the governments coffers too.

    Adelson is not even a patriot about it all. He hates (stated) his country and prefers Israel. One wonders why he just doesn't move there and leave the nation he has such contempt for.

    Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

    by MA Liberal on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:02:58 AM PDT

  •  Apoplectic? (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, RonK, bewareofme

    "Apoplectic? Wait till they calculate their return on investment after November." So, sez DemFromCT this morning. So true. Can't actually buy politicians, you can only rent them, and there is not any satisfaction guarantee.

    "Free market" simplified - if you buy a product and it kills you, you won't buy it again - no government needed.

    by tomwfox on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:04:02 AM PDT

  •  Can you really buy respectability? (1+ / 0-)
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    RonK

    How many prostitutes do you need to employ for every million made, how many young girls sold into the sex trade to staff his casinos, is the cocaine free after so many bets and are those thugs really just young men on religious missions to bless the gambling, drinking and whoring going on.  Will buying the White House for Mitt and elections in Israel make him something more than a little hypocritical splotch in society.  It is one thing to have tons of money but to make that money by degrading everyone you come into contact with in the process sort of takes away the shine to accomplishment.

    •  These are of concern only to those have a (0+ / 0-)

      conscience. It is of no consequence to people like him without any morals, compassion, or concern for others.

      "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats ..." - Kenneth Grahame -

      by RonK on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:15:49 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  give to the needy instead (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    what a spectacle of obscene, evil greed !

  •  The ugly (5+ / 0-)

    Just seem to live forever.  $10 million would feed a lot of hungry children.  It would provide a college education for a lot of poor, intelligent children.  It would provide health care for a lot people that can't afford insurance premiums.  Instead, this selfish fascist is never satisfied.  Anyone this desperate is a very unhappy person.  None of us is going to get out of this world alive and Adelson will have a painful and lonely death.  People as rich as Adelson never have true friends.  They only have the 'hanger-ons'.

  •  As a Jew ... (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, RonK, Calamity Jean, Gator Keyfitz

    Adelson is a major embarrassment! I can't help but think the Mossad has their eye on this guy. Adelson wants a war with Iran ... Israel doesn't.

  •  Does anyone else think he looks like Gollum? (0+ / 0-)
    •  I saw a Jabba the Hut reference above, seemed (0+ / 0-)

      to fit better, imho.

      "Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person." David Korten, When Corporations Rule the World

      by Delta Overdue on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:44:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Manchurian Money supporting Manchurian Candidate (0+ / 0-)

    Sheldon Addelson is providing the Manchurian Money for the Manchurian Candidate.  Romney has absolutely no American Values that I admire in a Presidential Candidate!  

    Accepting money from people like Addelson emphasize that Mitt is in it for Mitt and not in the race to improve the life of ordinary American People.  Mitt's life is good enough.  I wish he would leave my life alone!

    "As long as Corporations control Government, there is no reason for Government to regulate Corporations!" John Roberts, Citizens United (SNARK)

    by NM Ray on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:17:59 AM PDT

  •  Upping Soros' Ante (1+ / 0-)
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    native

    In the 2004 election, George Soros

    has declared that getting George Bush out of the White House has become the "central focus" of his life, and he has put more than $15m (£9m) of his own money where his mouth is.

    [...]

    [...] aimed at defeating President Bush in the November 2004 elections, a contest he describes as "a matter of life and death".

    The Hungarian emigre and finance genius has given nearly $5bn to oppose dictators in Africa, Asia and the former Soviet bloc, but now he is directing his energies at the elected leader of his adopted country.

    "It is the central focus of my life," he told the Washington Post

    In the end, Soros spent somewhere around $20-25M. Bush won, Soros lived, and continued to have several $BILLIONS he hadn't spent on "life or death".

    Adelson will spend probably 3-4x what Soros spent.

    Our billionaires suck. Theirs do too, but sucking is what they're paying for.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:22:02 AM PDT

  •  Sheldon Adelson on pictures of him: (0+ / 0-)
    They always take two, just in case the first one is good.

    You don't need to firebomb Dresden to prove that you can fly the plane.

    by SpamNunn on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:25:24 AM PDT

  •  How come there are so many "media consultants" who (0+ / 0-)

    don't have a conscience and who are willing to create propaganda aimed at destroying our democracy?

    Re-elect President Obama because we don't need another selfish President

    by Timmethy on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:25:50 AM PDT

  •  Equal right? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bewareofme

    How come the free speech I have a right to isn't remotely as loud and penetrating as the free speech he has a right to?

    Doesn't seem like equal rights, to me.

  •  When is this guy going to go broke? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    FiredUpInCA

    Evolution IS Intelligent Design!

    by msirt on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:31:30 AM PDT

    •  Not for a while (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      native, msirt
      Just three years ago Adelson’s empire was facing default, and FORBES estimated that his net worth plunged from $28 billion to about $3 billion. Since then he’s made almost all of it back—Sands’ stock is up 3,700%, and Adelson’s net worth has rebounded to $25 billion, again making him one of the ten richest people in America.

      The 78-year-old who seemed destined to be a case study on the self-inflicted pitfalls of overleveraging just might have pulled off the greatest turnaround in the postmeltdown era, accumulating more wealth since 2009 than any other American—Mark Zuckerberg included.

      http://www.forbes.com/...

      He went from $3 billion to $29 billion, and acquired more wealth than any other American under this President but he still wants President Obama removed. He's willing to spend $100 million to remove him.

      As mungley points out below:

      $100 Million is far more than Adleson would
      ever save in taxes in the next 10 years.
      There is no correlation between thinking clearly and making lots of money. A stupid a-hole with little money is equally as stupid as a stupid a-hole with lots of money.

      Unfortunately the rich one has the means to radically remake the world informed by their stupidity, greed and selfishness.

      The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

      by FiredUpInCA on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 11:23:18 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Revising Citizens United? When? (0+ / 0-)

    What will it take for SCOTUS to realize their mistake in Citizens United?

    Their statement in that opinion making it seem that money may be a "corrupting influence" in the PACs, but not yet known seems to be an invitation to revisit the case. I am amazed they didn't somehow put a limit on the amount of money you could put out there.. limitless? Seems to be going overboard in my book.

    So how do we identify "corruption" in our election brought on by "limitless" money? Do we wait until we have a dozen elections locked in as wins all with limitless funding being behind them? Do we have to wait for some event to occur that makes the whole process appear shady or unethical? There is no clear legal definition of corruption except for when a law is broken. And with Citizen's United there is no law to break. It's open season for throwing money at a candidate. What ever happened to everyone being limited to a specific sum of money per candidate per election? What ever happened to the concept of public funding of a candidate? We need to somehow "defund" this insane system of elections and candidates.

    My first idea...

    - No more high salaries, perks, or staff budgets for politicians. Now that would drive many fat cats right out of the office. Make a politician's job one where they have to do the work themselves and have no mega salary to work from.

    - No more lobbyists, and campaign donations from them. This would totally eliminate conflict of interest situations. If you want to talk to a politician, it all has to be on the public record and no money or perks change hands.

    - Change the rules in Congress to reflect ethical behavior. No more out right lies on the House or Senate Floor. You have a complaint, lodge it with facts in tow. If you don't have a factual source then you cannot state fiction. You can say your opinion, but it must be caveated as opinion, not fact. This isn't FOX NEWS!

    - Lastly, as everyone wants, full disclosure of all people donating to a campaign, PAC, SuperPAC, or any other election related effort. No more shady bankrolled groups with happy, smiling names. All groups must be approved by the FEC as well.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:35:21 AM PDT

    •  Mistake? Roberts orchestrated CU. (2+ / 0-)
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      Australian2, native

      They have no intention of overturning it in this lifetime.

      However, re-elect Obama, let him replace some of the aging conservatives with sensible moderates (too much to expect him to actually name a liberal, something he has yet to do), and we might see a Court willing to reverse the decision.

      Ginsburg: 79 and ailing
      Scalia and Kennedy: 76
      Breyer: 74
      Thomas: 64
      Others: younger

      I doubt Thomas is going anywhere, but it's possible Obama (or, God help us, Romney) could name four SCOTUS justices in his second term, including two of the wingnut brigade. (Anyone that tells me Kennedy is a "swing vote" can bite me.)

  •  IRS Runs Public Financing (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Black Max, native

    The IRS income tax form already has a checkbox that funds presidential campaigns by all major parties and candidates. The programme has been run since 1970, but it's optional, it puts the government in charge of who gets elected to change the government, it spends tax money needed for actually governing, and it's only for presidential campaigns. But it's a start.

    Instead, anyone should donate as much money as you want. But never directly to a candidate. All donations should go to an account for each race that any registered candidate can draw from equally. The accounts should be audited by the IRS to determine the identity of who's donating. Only human US citizens are allowed. The donor's names and zipcodes are published immediately.

    No other money is allowed in the race. Humans may speak publicly (including TV ads) as much as they want, like always (though liable for fraud), but must attach their name and zipcode to any published content. The FEC registers all contact info, though kept private, for use in any fraud or other criminal investigation. All corporations must publish quarterly their political publishing expenses; public corporations must publish the day its published.

    All campaigns will report their expenses to the FEC and be audited monthly before the election.

    No candidate will receive any bribes as "campaign contributions". No candidate will have any spending advantage in the campaign.

    The amount collected and spent will plummet. Something like the amount necessary to get their message out and run orgs that get out the vote, but no more than that, will be collected and spent. Candidates and their "friends" will not spend much time raising money, and will raise money for their opponents equally when they do fundraise.

    This system is very simple to operate. It's purely fair. It is easy to catch cheaters. It informs the public (and investors/customers) who's giving, and who's spending on what.

    It gives campaigns what they need, and takes what we need to go away.

    Until we have this system, our government will be hopelessly corrupt. If it even survives at all.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:37:07 AM PDT

  •  There's got to be a special level in hell for this (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Black Max, destiny1, Gator Keyfitz

    jerk.  I know he has an Israel agenda that's all about taking as much land as possible over there for "settlements," and I know he's sure that Republicans will back him up on this, but a billion dollars could go a long way to actually HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED.  Using it to buy this election is disgusting on too many levels to count.

    Roast in hell, Shelly.  Roast in hell.

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:48:15 AM PDT

  •  $100 Million is far more than Adleson would (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Black Max, Flyswatterbanjo

    ever save in taxes in the next 10 years.

    He must really hate President Obama, or Palestinians (or both)

    Please Vote for the Democratic nominee for President in 2012.

    by mungley on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 10:00:10 AM PDT

    •  He's worth over $24B and is 78 years old (2+ / 0-)
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      peptabysmal, native

      He just wants what he wants before he shuffles off to what he thinks is the Big Country Club in the Sky. I know nothing about his heirs, but knowing the rich people that I do know, I can guess that they're shallow, self-entitled piranha who can't wait to tear each other apart for a piece of Daddy's fortune after he finally chokes. I doubt he gives a damn if they don't get as many zeroes as they would like in their inheritances. Better to spend it on turning this nation into a plutocracy while he still can.

      Government by nomenklatura.

    •  Stupidity has reasons (0+ / 0-)

      that people who aren't will never comprehend.

  •  Makes me happy (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Black Max, FiredUpInCA

    Seeing wingnut billionaires...oh excuse me..."job creators"...actually creating a few jobs in America (with all that media spending). That's something we rarely see.

    "Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?" - General Jack D. Ripper

    by wilder5121 on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 10:10:19 AM PDT

  •  How about congress.... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Black Max

    .... passes a federal sales tax, say 8.25%, on ad buys.  I know it'll hurt us some, but with the megabucks coming from the other side, we'll help solve the deficit.

    Evolution IS Intelligent Design!

    by msirt on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 10:10:53 AM PDT

  •  I'm starting to devote a lot of time and research (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    native

    to the Citizens United decision and the corporate billionaires funding the 2012 election, on behalf of the History Commons.

    What I need you guys to do is SEND ME LINKS to info. I'll do the sorting, researching, and writing, if you'll just send the info. Message it, email it ( purplesage23 AT yahoo DOT com ) or post it in a response to this comment. I can do teh Google all day, but you guys know info I don't even know to look for.

    If you want to join in with the researching and writing, very cool, but all I'm asking is for links.

  •  Some speech is more free than others (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    annieli, Flyswatterbanjo

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 10:20:19 AM PDT

  •  May a young shepherd (0+ / 0-)

    with a 4oz. river stone and some bits of rawhide, fashion a goose-egg on Sheldon's noggin and set him on his arse.  /dream.

  •  I understand that Venetian took away benefits (0+ / 0-)

    from all casino workers not grandfathered in. Well, now we know why.

    People with hatred in their hearts never live up to their full potential. It's very sad.

    by Nelsons on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 10:29:25 AM PDT

  •  ..there are sooo many folks in need (0+ / 0-)

    it's a disgrace to see him just throwing money away like

    this.

    What a shame.

    Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by destiny1 on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 10:35:23 AM PDT

  •  As a Jew, may I say (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gator Keyfitz, native

    that right wing and neo-con Jews make me puke.

    Thank you.

    “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” - Harriet Tubman

    by Publius2008 on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 11:04:49 AM PDT

  •  Suggested response to all these SuperPAC ads (0+ / 0-)

    I'd like to see response commercials along the following lines:

    Start with a clip from one of these ads followed, ideally, by one of the fact checking organizations calling it at "Pants on Fire" lie. Then a voice over announces that the ad was paid for by money from the world's biggest multinational banks and oil companies (pictures from the financial crisis, BP oil spill, etc.). Then the voice over says: "So when you hear their distortions, half-truths, and outright lies, the question you need to ask yourself is this: Is what they want for themselves really what YOU want for YOUR country?"

    •  Why not just put the other sides's donors names (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      native

      in the ads.  "Now Sheldon Adelson is trying to say that Obama..."  

      Run against Adelson, not Romney.  That would marginalize him.  And I really doubt Adelson would enjoy the attention of even one ad like that.

      •  No one knows or cares who Adelson is (0+ / 0-)

        And we don't know the actual donors in most cases. What we DO know is the people involved in these PACs, many of them, come from polluting industries like the Kochs or from the big banks.

        Saying "Sheldon Adelson" won't get a reaction from anyone other than antisemites (who aren't on our side). Saying "multinational banks and oil companies" WILL get a visceral reaction and cause people to distrust the negative ads (possibly so much that they actually backfire). This is why the right is so anxious to keep these organizations from disclosing their donors.

        •  The fact that people DON'T know who (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          native

          Sheldon Adelson works to our advantage.  Really...  Just who IS this guy that they're talking about in these ads.  Some ominous deep bass note thrum whenever they mention his name, and a small, unflattering, grainy black and white photo in the corner.  Maybe with an arrow pointing from him to Romney with big flashing dollar signs.  

          It puts the Republicans in the position of having to explain just who Sheldon Adelson is and come to his defense -- and can you imagine how the money would dry up if they didn't?  The more they explain, however, the guiltier they look, regardless of the facts.  Just ask John Kerry.

          The best they could do is try to throw Democratic donors in Obama's face and accuse him of being a hypocrite.  Fair' nuff.  But this still serves the interest of making it less attractive to people like Adelson and the Koches to start dishing out multi-millions like that.  If it discourages our big donors too, well, fine!  I'd gladly take that trade, given that theirs are richer and more generous.  Let's go ahead and make the millionaire donors on both sides embarrassed.

          •  I agree - he makes a good bad-guy (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Dumbo

            and you don't need to mention that he's Jewish. Saying he's a crooked whore-mongering casino mogul should do the trick. Along with his face.

            "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

            by native on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 04:19:09 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  To get the right riled up, and almost any (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              native

              American really, the ads need only mention these quotes from Adelson:

              In a talk to an Israeli group in July, 2010, Adelson said he wished he had served in the Israeli Army rather than the U.S. military—and that he hoped his young son would come back to Israel and “be a sniper for the IDF,” a reference to the Israel Defense Forces. (YouTube video of speech)
              “I am not Israeli. The uniform that I wore in the military, unfortunately, was not an Israeli uniform.  It was an American uniform, although my wife was in the IDF and one of my daughters was in the IDF ... our two little boys, one of whom will be bar mitzvahed tomorrow, hopefully he’ll come back-- his hobby is shooting -- and he’ll come back and be a sniper for the IDF,” Adelson said at the event.
              “All we care about is being good Zionists, being good citizens of Israel, because even though I am not Israeli born, Israel is in my heart,” he said toward the end of his talk.
              link

              Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

              by Flyswatterbanjo on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 04:41:40 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  No need to go there, so why bother. (1+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:
                native

                Just point out:

                Sheldon Adelson.  Scary fatcat millionaire.  Where did he get it all?  Who knows.  And he's bankrolling false ads.  For Mitt Romney.  Bad, bad people.  They're killing democracy!

                Keep it simple and let people imagine the details themselves.  That's how the best attack ads work.

                Remember the Swift Boaters?  They offered to debate Kerry about his role in Vietnam.  Which was bullshit, because it would have put Kerry on the defensive about something that should have been a strength and marginalized him versus Bush because he was debating a low-level stooge.  That guy who wanted to debate him was a big winner everytime he went on Fox because he sounded so scrappy and ready for a good fight.

                Totally different situation here.  Adelson doesn't want to be in the public eye.  If you attack him, and he doesn't reply himself, then that just further supports any slur no matter how vague that's thrown against him.  He's just some scary ominous figure subverting democracy.  He might not be so scary if he came out and attacked Obama himself on TV, but he won't do that.  If he did, it would change his cushy life.  It would also scare the crap out of other Romney donors who thought that might be them, next, and who didn't think they were enlisting in that kind of personal war.  And even if Adelson does go on CNN to defend himself and attack Obama, by doing so, he makes himself A BIGGER target -- and Romney is left on the outside in the peculiar position of having to defend his biggest donor.  

                •  What makes you think he doesn't want to be (0+ / 0-)

                  in the public eye? How many donors to superpacs do you hear of on a monthly basis? He wants everyone to know about his donations.

                  And #2, I think you're forgetting that people who vote republican who are not rich (that would be the majority of them) feel that their ideology is what's going to take them to the top of the dog heap--any day now. Im not so sure they would be upset by a rich man donating money to elect Romney. They'd probably admire him.

                  On the other hand, republicans are very nationalistic and "patriotic." The armed forces are full of republicans. The idea that someone would regret wearing the US uniform and wished he had worn the uniform of another country--I think that would upset them greatly.

                  Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

                  by Flyswatterbanjo on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 06:07:09 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  Well, wonderful! Let him be in the public eye! (0+ / 0-)

                    I doubt that, but let's say so.  Let's suppose he wants to hit the talk show circuit and tell everybody what a rat bastard Obama is.

                    Why this is good for us or EVEN BETTER:

                    1. It makes him a clown, an object of contempt.  Of course he will have fans on the right, but it will make everybody else go, who the fuck is this guy and why is he on my TV and why should I give a damn what he thinks?  Just because he's rich?  Look at how Joe the Plumber has become an object of derision and multiply that times a hundred.  Factor in that he's going to be able to afford his own PR crew, that he'll probably be too stubborn to listen to them, and he'll say a number of idiotic things just through sheer circumstance, and it's great.

                    2. It scares the crap out of the other donors.  "Oh God, I don't want to be like Adelman."  Maybe a few people will want to be more like him.  Most wealthy people won't.  They have families and friends and their own dignity to consider.

                    3. Everything Adelman says, Mitt Romney will be forced to either endorse or repudiate, Reverend Wright style.  Everything.  And any fence-sitting he tries to do (and he's usually a master at that) is going to piss off Adelman and the other big donors who will think, "He won't even stand up for us, his multi-million dollar donors!  Well, I'll call that bastard up and give him a piece of my mind right now!  Stacy, get me Mitt on line 1 now!  I don't care what he's doing!"

  •  Aw hell that does it. (0+ / 0-)

    Sign me up.  I want to become a Republican political ad consultant.  It's stupid to NOT be one.  I need that money.  

    Does ITT Tech or U of Phoenix have a class I can take for that?  

    Seriously, if they're going to rain money on consultants (including new ones, like me), then they truly ARE job creators!  Stop killing freedom, you liberal pukes!  Woohoo!

  •  It's official: wingnut Republican = Mafia (0+ / 0-)

    has become a literal truth.

    In America, a rising tide lifts all yachts and drowns the workers who built them.

    by DaveW on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 11:11:31 AM PDT

  •  Question.....Are Democrats still.... (0+ / 0-)

    ....allowing media consultant to take 15% of the media buy off the top, or is this practice, which came to light during activities during the Howard Dean campaign, being ended by sensible Democracts who should be stewards of the contributors money?

  •  What happens when the Kochs figure out... (0+ / 0-)

    ...that keeping the scary black man in office gives them cash without working?  I suspect some GOP advertising firms have already realized that.  Hell, gun manufacturers and the NRA are making a killing (sorry pun intended) scaring people into believing that Obama will take their guns away.  My mom still complains about the price of ammo (yes, I am so ashamed).

  •  Repukes ALL in (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    native

    They know that the country's demographic clock is ticking, this is their last desperate gasp at control.
    Their ROI will really be stinky in Nov.

  •  I try not to judge by looks... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    peptabysmal

    but (fill in the blank)

    when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

    by bunsk on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 12:48:40 PM PDT

  •  Damn it how much is it going to cost (0+ / 0-)

    to buy this election?  

  •  No one at that level pays 15% anymore, but (0+ / 0-)

    media consultants will still make a ton of money off Adelson, Koch, etc.

    Unapologetic Obama supporter.

    by Red Sox on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 03:02:37 PM PDT

  •  The photograph makes him look like something out (0+ / 0-)

    of a Batman movie and I don't mean the good guys.

  •  umm.. (0+ / 0-)

    prolly there should be a law against that or somthin.. :o\

  •  Methinks you need to update your lede (0+ / 0-)

    Brackets would be helpful:

    Casino mogul [and pimp] Sheldon Adelson is giving $10 million to the 2012 election efforts of the Koch brothers, a Republican Party insider in Nevada confirms.

    I'm one of those lucky homos in a bi-national relationship - at the age of 49, all I had to do was give up my career, leave behind my dying father, my aging, diabetic mother, my family & friends and move to Europe. Easy peasey!

    by aggieric on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 04:23:51 AM PDT

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