Republican Presidential hopefuls will be converging on Las Vegas on April 25 for the so-called, “Sheldon Primary.” Ted Cruz, Mike Pence and Rick Perry will all be meeting with casino magnate Sheldon Adelson in the hopes of winning not only his favor, but far more importantly, his money.
According to Open Secrets Adelson was the top contributor in the 2012 Presidential election, giving $92 million dollars entirely to Republicans.
When asked about his massive donations at the time, Adelson said that he was merely “paying the bills.”
“I’m against very wealthy people attempting to or influencing elections,” he said. “But as long as it’s doable I’m going to do it.”
As I have said previously, this is all made possible thanks to Supreme Court decisions Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC. Our political system is still in good hands however, because in his decision Chief Justice John Roberts assured the public that such political spending does not promote corruption in our political system “or the appearance of such corruption.”
The fact that GOP politicians prostitute themselves in what the Washington Post has dubbed the “Sheldon Primary” seems to appear at least, a little bit corrupt to me, but then again I’ve been told that I can be very pessimistic.
The Sheldon Primary will be held at his Venetian resort-hotel and casino in Vegas during a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, of which Adelson is believed to be the largest donor.
During last year’s Sheldon Primary, several Republican hopefuls, including Chris Christie gave speeches on their foreign policy plans, although most of them had limited foreign policy experience. Christie was forced to apologize to Adelson after referring to a tour he once made of Israel’s “occupied territories,” which is a hot button issue for Israelis.
Adelson, being such a powerful donor, is closely watched in Republican circles, and events such as the Sheldon Primary are considered to be important opportunities for candidates to demonstrate how strongly they agree with his views.
President Obama at least, had a lighthearted view on the affect that men like Adelson have on American politics at the White House Press Dinner in 2013.
[Politico][Washington Post][Open Secrets]