Really? Why, I thought he was clean as a whistle

david52_gwMarch 4, 2013

"The gambling empire owned by the billionaire donor concedes that it "likely" broke the law by bribing Chinese officials.

For the GOP, 79-year-old casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson is just about the most important donor this side of the Koch brothers, dishing out nearly $100 million to (mostly Republican) candidates during the 2012 elections. So the news that Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp. admitted in a regulatory filing that it "likely" violated the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing Chinese officials probably won't be greeted with smiles by GOP campaign managers.

Also problematic: This revelation comes amidst ongoing probes into the Adelson empire by the SEC, DOJ, and FBI.

How big of an issue is this for Republicans? Adelson was, after all, the man whom Mitt Romney publicly wooed after Newt Gingrich dropped out of the GOP race - despite receiving $21.5 million in Adelson super PAC money. - snip

So yes, being accused of bribing foreign officials isn't exactly great press. But judging from the almost-yawn-like reception to this revelation, candidates probably won't be leaping to cut ties with a big-time donor reportedly valued at $25 billion. Indeed, presidential hopefuls have already started courting Adelson for 2016. Just a week after Election Day 2012, Republican governors Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, and Bob McDonnell all attended private meetings with Adelson at his Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, according to Politico. So don't expect the race for the billionaire's bucks - what Salon calls the "Adelson primary" - to be canceled anytime soon.

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fancifowl(5Pa)

sounds like he would be a shoo in for some cabinet post?

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 10:56PM
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labrea_gw

Only had Mitt won!

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 11:21PM
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fouquieria(10b)

sounds like he would be a shoo in for some cabinet post?

Secretary of the Treasury...if Mitt or Grinch or Batsht or deadbabyboy had won.

-Ron-

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 11:37PM
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labrea_gw

Even though the investigation was launched before he tied his cart to Mitt's horse there were promises that folks would howl fowl after the elections no matter which way it went.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 9:55AM
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RpR_(3-4)

Posted by fancifowl

"sounds like he would be a shoo in for some cabinet post?
---------------Nah, Obama only picks people who cheat on their taxes.
Bribing the Chinese is below is preferred level of corruption.

You know Chicago thugs have standards to meet!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 1:37PM
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