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    Is Billionare Republican Sheldon Adelson Too Powerful?

    There has been much debate of the powerful influence that money has over politicians in the US. Recently billionaire Republican Sheldon Adelson held an event at one of his hotels in Las Vegas where it was said that major Republican presidential hopefuls came and prostrated themselves before him in hopes of securing his blessings. Is Sheldon Adelson too powerful?

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    Dana Milbank: GOP candidates kiss up to billionaire Sheldon Adelson - The Washington Post

    GOP candidates kiss up to billionaire Sheldon Adelson

    When Sheldon Adelson, the world’s eighth-richest person, according to Forbes, let it be known that he was looking for a Republican candidate to back in the 2016 presidential race, these four men rushed to Las Vegas over the weekend to see if they could arrange a quickie marriage in Sin City between their political ambitions and Adelson’s $39.9 billion fortune.

    Adelson was hosting the Republican Jewish Coalition at his Venetian hotel and gambling complex, and the would-be candidates paraded themselves before the group, hoping to catch the 80-year-old casino mogul’s eye. Everybody knows that, behind closed doors, politicians often sell themselves to the highest bidder; this time, they were doing it in public, as if vending their wares at a live auction.

    As The Post’s Philip Rucker reported, Kasich, the Ohio governor, kept addressing his speech to “Sheldon,” as if he were having a private tete-a-tete with the mega-donor (Adelson and his wife spent more than $93 million on the 2012 elections) and not speaking to a roomful of people.

    Walker, the Wisconsin governor, pandered unabashedly by giving the Hebrew meaning of his son Matthew’s name and by mentioning that he displays a menorah at home along with the Christmas tree. And Christie, the New Jersey governor, gushed about his trip to Israel and the “occupied territories.”


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    Re: Is Billionare Republican Sheldon Adelson Too Powerful?

    Never heard of the guy. Honestly.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Is Billionare Republican Sheldon Adelson Too Powerful?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    There has been much debate of the powerful influence that money has over politicians in the US. Recently billionaire Republican Sheldon Adelson held an event at one of his hotels in Las Vegas where it was said that major Republican presidential hopefuls came and prostrated themselves before him in hopes of securing his blessings. Is Sheldon Adelson too powerful?

    Here's an article

    Dana Milbank: GOP candidates kiss up to billionaire Sheldon Adelson - The Washington Post



    Boy I'm telling you, what people won't do to make it these days!!!
    Where is the story here? Adelson hosts a group of Republicans and they publically address him. Were they supposed to ignore the guy in their speeches? Newsflash: Politicians pander to the powerful for money and to the public for votes. I hear Dana Milbanks next great expose will detail that newly discovered phenomenon of the sun rising in the East.

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    Re: Is Billionare Republican Sheldon Adelson Too Powerful?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    There has been much debate of the powerful influence that money has over politicians in the US. Recently billionaire Republican Sheldon Adelson held an event at one of his hotels in Las Vegas where it was said that major Republican presidential hopefuls came and prostrated themselves before him in hopes of securing his blessings. Is Sheldon Adelson too powerful?

    Here's an article

    Dana Milbank: GOP candidates kiss up to billionaire Sheldon Adelson - The Washington Post



    Boy I'm telling you, what people won't do to make it these days!!!
    Big money has owned politics for quite awhile now, so it's nothing that new. Their reach into the alliances of politicians and law lobbying is getting out of hand though. That won't change, till they get campaign reform and change how gov contracts are awarded.

    We'll never remove all of high finance out of gov, because they're too much about the same goals and purposes.
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    Re: Is Billionare Republican Sheldon Adelson Too Powerful?

    Is Billionare Republican Sheldon Adelson Too Powerful?
    in a word, yes. though he couldn't purchase the presidential election, he is currently trying to purchase a ban on online gambling, as it competes with his casino business. now while i can't really be bothered to GAF about online gambling because i don't do it, the idea that one guy in a democratic republic of 330,000,000 can even have a chance of buying such broad legislation is something that i find repugnant.

    we should do whatever we can to prevent ourselves from becoming even more of a plutocracy. it's bad for democracy, and it's also bad for capitalism.

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    Re: Is Billionare Republican Sheldon Adelson Too Powerful?

    He was the one who bankrolled Newt Gingrich.
    Remember the movie "WHen Bain/Romney came to town"?
    We have Sheldon to thank for that.

    He personally trashed his former lead attorney Shelly Berkley in the 2012 Nevada Senate election.
    And now he invites "governors only" to the "Adelson" primary.
    Which leads me to wonder, where were GOP governors Jindal and Haley, of Indian descent ?
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    Never heard of the guy. Honestly.
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    Re: Is Billionare Republican Sheldon Adelson Too Powerful?

    He didn't get a particularly good return on investment for that $93 million.
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    Re: Is Billionare Republican Sheldon Adelson Too Powerful?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fletch View Post
    Where is the story here? Adelson hosts a group of Republicans and they publically address him. Were they supposed to ignore the guy in their speeches? Newsflash: Politicians pander to the powerful for money and to the public for votes. I hear Dana Milbanks next great expose will detail that newly discovered phenomenon of the sun rising in the East.
    The story here is that wealthy individuals are exercising an enormous amount of influence in not only the financial system, but the political system as well. I see two trends that I think are very troubling. The first is that the US may be evolving into a financial oligarchy, and this is evidence to support that. The other thing is that we may be evolving into a highly intrusive and suppressive police state. Both things are very troubling.

    So if I may ask, do you think it's problematic that wealthy individuals have such enormous influence on the political system?

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    Re: Is Billionare Republican Sheldon Adelson Too Powerful?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Big money has owned politics for quite awhile now, so it's nothing that new. Their reach into the alliances of politicians and law lobbying is getting out of hand though. That won't change, till they get campaign reform and change how gov contracts are awarded.

    We'll never remove all of high finance out of gov, because they're too much about the same goals and purposes.
    It is getting out of hand, and while we won't get all of high finance out of government, what we don't want to happen is the rise of a financial oligarchy. That's the problem as I see it.

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    Re: Is Billionare Republican Sheldon Adelson Too Powerful?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    It is getting out of hand, and while we won't get all of high finance out of government, what we don't want to happen is the rise of a financial oligarchy. That's the problem as I see it.
    It is already in place...CU made sure of it.

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