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NJDC Calls on Romney to Return ‘Adelson’s Tainted Money Immediately’


American billionaire businessman Sheldon Gary Adelson and his wife Miriam.

American billionaire businessman Sheldon Gary Adelson and his wife Miriam.
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Jewish Democrats called on Mitt Romney and Republicans not to accept money from Sheldon Adelson because of allegations that the casino magnate approved of prostitution at his China properties.

National Jewish Democratic Council President David Harris appealed to NJDC supporters to sign on to a petition to “Tell Romney to Reject Adelson’s Dirty Money.”

Harris wrote:

“As you saw during the Republican primaries, GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson dumped millions of dollars into supporting Newt Gingrich’s feckless campaign. Now he’s doing the same for Mitt Romney – with no plans to stop. But perhaps the most alarming aspect of Adelson’s potentially unlimited contributions is where the money comes from.

“It’s well known that Adelson makes tremendous sums of money through his casinos in China  which – according to 2008 Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain (AZ) – means that Chinese ‘foreign money’ (to quote McCain) is flooding our political system. But this week, reports surfaced that in addition to his anti-union and allegedly corrupt business practices, Adelson ‘personally approved’ of prostitution in his Macau casinos.

“Given these reports, Romney and the rest of the Republican Party must cease accepting Adelson’s tainted money immediately.”

Matt Brooks, the director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, told JTA the call was “disgusting” because it was based on allegations in a lawsuit filed by Steven Jacobs, a casino executive who was fired by Adelson in 2010.

“Setting aside their partisan agenda, the NJDC should be ashamed of itself for attacking someone who has done more for the Jewish community and Jewish philanthropy than anyone in recent history,” Brooks said, citing Adelson’s major contributions to the Birthright Israel program, which brings Jewish youth to Israel, and to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial museum.

“If this is proven to be nothing more than rantings of an employee in legal battle, NJDC is going to have a lot of egg on its face,” Brooks said. “If they were truly mensches about it, they would wait until it is adjudicated.”

Adelson and his wife, Miriam, have given tens of millions of dollars this year to political committees supporting Republicans in general and Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, in particular, although it is not clear if the Adelsons have given directly to Romney.

Adelson is also a major funder of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

Adelson has clashed repeatedly with unions at his Las Vegas properties. Earlier this year it was reported that federal authorities are investigating allegations that he bribed Chinese officials to advance his interests there.

JTA content was used in this report.

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6 Responses to “NJDC Calls on Romney to Return ‘Adelson’s Tainted Money Immediately’”

  1. Chas Holman says:

    As much as Governor Romney would like as much Jewish support as possible, there is NO WAY IN HECK he's going to give back the 5 million Adelson gave him to start with, then the 10 million two months ago, and then the 10 million Adelson gave him this week.

    It just isn't happening. No matter how many young girls Sheldon Pimps out, nor no matter how much money is coming in from off shores, THIS is what Romney is about right now.

    He hasn't even taken the time to articulate any positions, just a lot of repeal talk, and big money fundraisers.. there hasn't been any more substance then that. It's really very simple to understand.

  2. Jeff Greenman says:

    But pardoning Marc Rich was okay? Or the rants of Rev. Wright are okay?

  3. Noam Ayal says:

    Obama, refuse to accept money from George Soros. He cooperated with the Nazi in Hungary, uses his money to undercut Western, American markets and supports the worst, most vile attacks on Jews and Israel. I'll take 1000 Adelsons over one slimy Soros.

  4. Another demand from the left. No deal, people.

  5. you guys are barking up the wrong tree.

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