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McCain Says Adelson Contributions Are ‘Foreign Money’

Friday, June 15th, 2012

The former GOP presidential candidate, himself a devout campaign finance reformer, is accusing the current GOP candidate of accepting foreign money in exchange for influence over U.S. policy. The plot thickens more than a little when the agent of influence is a Jewish billionaire and the foreign power in question is the State of Israel.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., asserted that the involvement of anonymous donors and super PACs in American elections will lead to corruption, PBS reported.

McCain alleged specifically that money from outside the country may be helping one PAC: billionaire contributor Sheldon Adelson, owner of casinos in the United States, Macau and Singapore, has pledged $100 million to Republican interests this election cycle.

“Maybe in a roundabout way, foreign money is coming into an American campaign,” McCain told Judy Woodruff on Thursday.

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee has been a critic of the Supreme Court decisions that paved the way for super PACs.

McCain and former senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) were the chief sponsors of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, known as the McCain–Feingold Act, which regulates the financing of political campaigns.

According to PoliPundit.com, the active ingredient in McCain’s borderline xenophobic objections, as well as in Adelson’s move to bear hug Romney into submission, is Israel.

On a trip to Las Vegas late last month, Romney and Adelson had a private meeting, according to that website, after which Adelson attended Romney’s dessert fundraiser for those who contributed $50,000 or more.

People close to Adelson said that he wants to be certain about Romney’s positions on support for Israel. Adelson has publicly criticized President Barack Obama’s support of Israel as too weak.

Woodruff also asked McCain about the comparisons between the president’s “doing fine” gaffe and what McCain said about the fundamentals of the economy during his 2008 run as the Republican nominee. Specifically, she probed his feelings on the striking similarity between the attack ad the Romney campaign issued on Thursday, and Team Obama’s ad that many have said was McCain’s fatal blow.

“We’re in the midst of a fiscal meltdown. When I said, look we’re in a terrible fiscal crisis but the fundamentals of our economy are strong,” McCain said. “So I think there is a difference between the two.”

Yori Yanover

Adelson Gives Romney PAC $10 Million

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

According to the Wall Street Journal, chairman and chief executive of Las Vegas Sands Corp billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who fueled Newt Gingrich’s presidential bid, is now giving $10 million to the super PAC Restore Our Future, which supports presumptive  GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

It is the largest single donation to Romney’s coffer to date. By law, the independent political action committee is not allowed to coordinate its work with the formal Romney campaign.

Forbes Magazine ranked Adelson among the 10 wealthiest Americans, with more than $20 billion.

Adelson and his wife gave $21 million altogether to a PAC supporting Gingrich during the primaries.

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Billionaire Adelson Weighs Pouring $100 million into Newt’s Campaign

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Just when you thought Newt Gingrich was out of the 2012 presidential race for the second, or is it the third time, billionaire casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, 78,  is contemplating seeing his man get yet another shot of adrenaline, the green kind.

Earlier this year, Adelson handed Gingrich’s super PAC $5 million, then his Israeli-born wife Miriam gave another $5 million, then Newt lost Iowa and New Hampshire. But then he won South Carolina. And was abysmal in Florida. And Vegas, the Adelsons’ home turf, despite the special post-Shabbes vote. Then Rick Santorum stole Conservative hearts in a succession of states and Newt was quickly demoted yet again.

But now, not only is Adelson planning to deposit yet another $10 million into Gingrich’s account, so he could play in the March 6 Super Tuesday primaries, but great moneybags Sheldon just intimated to Forbes that he is contemplating giving his man a fat $100 million.

Say you had $25 billion, and the house and the car were already paid for, would you give Newt this much money? Better yet, how much do you have to love a guy to pump this kind of cash into his arteries?

Marc Tracy at The Tablet says the $100 million pledge is “an attention-grabbing statement, but a largely meaningless one,” at least for Newt. He argues that more than wishing to see Newt get the nomination, Adelson wants to see President Obama going back to a life of community organizing. So Sheldon won’t pay for negative ads against fellow Republicans, so Newt will lose again.

Then, who knows – would Mitt or Rick be interested in talking to a Jewish senior citizens with more money than Greece? You bet your mousaka they would.

Yori Yanover

Jewish Mega-Philanthropist Backing Gingrich, Drawing Critique

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Republican US presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s relationship with Jewish megabillionaire and foremost donor Sheldon Adelson has raised the ire of critics, who say Gingrich’s very public support for Israel is an exchange for support.

Gingrich reiterated his belief that the Palestinians are an “invented” people at a CNN Republican debate in Florida ahead of Tuesday’s primary, promising to issue an executive order moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in accordance with a law passed by Congress in 1995 which has been waived by every US President since.

View statements to the Republican Jewish Coalition in June 2011 by Gingrich, posted by his campaign on YouTube:

At the time the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which stated that “”Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem” as an “undivided city”, was passed, Gingrich was Speaker of the House of Representatives. It was during that tenure that Gingrich met Sheldon Adelson, wealthy casino resort magnate and staunch advocate for Israel.  To assist in promoting the law, Adelson arrived in Washington to talk to leaders about the matter on Capitol Hill.  Gingrich introduced the legislation, and Adelson and Gingrich’s relationship grew.  Ultimately Adelson became a big sponsor of the work Gingrich did prior to his candidacy, and then the foremost supporter of the campaign itself.

Adelson, who grew up as the son of poor Ukrainian Jewish immigrants to Boston, scratched his way to the top in business, first selling toiletries and ultimately becoming owner of 3 successful Las Vegas casino hotel s and convention centers, as well as contracts for casinos in Macau and Singapore.  He is now the 8th wealthiest person in the United States, according to Forbes’ most recent ranking, behind George Soros and ahead of Jim Walton.

Since making his billions, Adelson has earned a name as a pre-eminent Jewish philanthropist, giving $100 million to the Birthright Jewish identity-building project taking youth on trips to Israel, $25 million to the Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial in Israel, and donated a new headquarters to the Israel lobby in Washington, AIPAC, despite his reservations that the organization is overly pro-Palestinian.  Adelson is against a two-state solution which would give the Palestinian Authority control over lands historically belonging to the Jewish people, and has supported Gingrich’s remarks on the subject of Palestinian nationhood.

Adelson also started the free daily newspaper distributed in major Israeli cities called Israel HaYom (Israel Today), which espouses views leaning more toward Likud than Labor.

Adelson’s wife, Miriam, is an Israeli-born doctor specializing in the treatment of addictions.  Together, they have opened treatment centers in Las Vegas and Tel Aviv.  The pair have made many of their contributions in tandem, with Miriam donating $5 million of the $10 million the couple have thus-far given to Gingrich’s campaign.

While media speculations that Gingrich’s pro-Israel outlook was bought by Adelson, Gingrich told the Associated Press that he has only promised Adelson to “seek to defend the United States and United States allies,” with Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton Klein telling the AP that Gingrich has been known as “one of the few politicians who has had the courage to tell the truth about Israel,” saying that is probably why they formed a relationship.

As for himself, Adelson says that his support for Gingrich comes from an interest in helping his friend win.  “Our means of support might be more than others are able to offer,” Adelson said, “but like most Americans, words such as friendship and loyalty still mean something to us.”

Malkah Fleisher

What Threatens Israel’s Media?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The main item on State Radio Channel 2’s agenda recently was Channel 10’s apology to Sheldon Adelson. Some background: A few months ago, Channel 2 News broadcasted a lengthy report accusing the billionaire founder of the pro-Netanyahu newspaper Yisrael Hayom, Sheldon Adelson, of illegally gaining rights to build a casino. The report turned out to be false and the station was forced to broadcast an apology. The media claimed that the Channel 10 stockholders, who feared financial repercussions by Adelson, coerced the staff to apologize. Karen Noibach also devoted precious airtime to performer Yehudah Pollicker. Israel Army Radio featured the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Afterwards, the two stations switched stories.


The day before those broadcasts, an Egyptian mob had burned Israel’s embassy in Egypt. Six Israelis were extricated by the skins of their teeth, with just one door separating them from the Egyptian rabble that threatened to tear them to pieces. In response, Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the Egyptians for the rescue and thanked President Obama for something – although it is not clear what. He promised that Israel will build an embassy in a safer place and reiterated that peace with Egypt is an important asset. Netanyahu also said that Israel would find the way to reestablish good relations with Turkey.


There is no doubt that Israeli society and its leaders are still wallowing deep in the peace mentality – peace with Egypt and peace with the Palestinians based on Oslo, along with deep faith in the Americans. They cannot discern that the emperor has no clothes. They continue to cheer his royal attire and to alter their policies to fit those illusory garments.


It is wrong for a journalist to tailor his or her stand in the direction of big money just to ensure a successful career. But what is much worse is that a journalist who wishes to progress to the upper echelons of Israeli media must hide his or her nationalist views. Journalistic servitude to money is nothing compared to journalistic servitude to ideology. The journalists presently raising the roof over freedom of the press are really the last to talk.


Perhaps the best example of the media tyranny in Israel is not to look at what the media choose to broadcast, but what they choose not to broadcast. The very fact that on the day after Israel’s embassy in Cairo was burned, the Adelson agenda is what the media chose to hammer into our heads is proof that something is seriously wrong. Around Israel, our enemies are declaring war on us and the media is shouting that the sky has fallen because someone has forced them to apologize – truly a major threat to Israel’s existence!


I do not know if the media intentionally plan on not analyzing in depth what is happening around Israel, and not reconsidering the entire misconception of peace with Egypt and the surrender of Sinai. I do not know if they are burying our collective head in the sand because they understand the situation and are trying to hide it, or because they do not understand the situation at all. One way or the other, they have failed miserably.


I have also felt the strong hand of Sheldon Adelson and the private newspaper that he established. (What can I do? I do not always stand by Netanyahu.) Nevertheless, I can only rejoice that somebody understands the importance of opening Israel’s media to additional voices, and has invested the required funds to do so. The media have noticeably improved since Adelson’s paper has been published. They are much more balanced. Radical leftist Gabi Gazit, for example, no longer works at the radio station that pretends to be objective.


There is still no visible connection between Israel’s media and the ideological and moral make-up of Israeli society that is expressed, for example, in the results of elections. Nevertheless, Adelson can chalk up success by virtue of the fact that the media in Israel today are in a much better place than they were before the Expulsion from Gush Katif.

Moshe Feiglin

What Threatens Israel’s Media?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The main item on State Radio Channel 2’s agenda recently was Channel 10’s apology to Sheldon Adelson. Some background: A few months ago, Channel 2 News broadcasted a lengthy report accusing the billionaire founder of the pro-Netanyahu newspaper Yisrael Hayom, Sheldon Adelson, of illegally gaining rights to build a casino. The report turned out to be false and the station was forced to broadcast an apology. The media claimed that the Channel 10 stockholders, who feared financial repercussions by Adelson, coerced the staff to apologize. Karen Noibach also devoted precious airtime to performer Yehudah Pollicker. Israel Army Radio featured the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Afterwards, the two stations switched stories.


The day before those broadcasts, an Egyptian mob had burned Israel’s embassy in Egypt. Six Israelis were extricated by the skins of their teeth, with just one door separating them from the Egyptian rabble that threatened to tear them to pieces. In response, Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the Egyptians for the rescue and thanked President Obama for something – although it is not clear what. He promised that Israel will build an embassy in a safer place and reiterated that peace with Egypt is an important asset. Netanyahu also said that Israel would find the way to reestablish good relations with Turkey.


There is no doubt that Israeli society and its leaders are still wallowing deep in the peace mentality – peace with Egypt and peace with the Palestinians based on Oslo, along with deep faith in the Americans. They cannot discern that the emperor has no clothes. They continue to cheer his royal attire and to alter their policies to fit those illusory garments.


It is wrong for a journalist to tailor his or her stand in the direction of big money just to ensure a successful career. But what is much worse is that a journalist who wishes to progress to the upper echelons of Israeli media must hide his or her nationalist views. Journalistic servitude to money is nothing compared to journalistic servitude to ideology. The journalists presently raising the roof over freedom of the press are really the last to talk.


Perhaps the best example of the media tyranny in Israel is not to look at what the media choose to broadcast, but what they choose not to broadcast. The very fact that on the day after Israel’s embassy in Cairo was burned, the Adelson agenda is what the media chose to hammer into our heads is proof that something is seriously wrong. Around Israel, our enemies are declaring war on us and the media is shouting that the sky has fallen because someone has forced them to apologize – truly a major threat to Israel’s existence!


I do not know if the media intentionally plan on not analyzing in depth what is happening around Israel, and not reconsidering the entire misconception of peace with Egypt and the surrender of Sinai. I do not know if they are burying our collective head in the sand because they understand the situation and are trying to hide it, or because they do not understand the situation at all. One way or the other, they have failed miserably.


I have also felt the strong hand of Sheldon Adelson and the private newspaper that he established. (What can I do? I do not always stand by Netanyahu.) Nevertheless, I can only rejoice that somebody understands the importance of opening Israel’s media to additional voices, and has invested the required funds to do so. The media have noticeably improved since Adelson’s paper has been published. They are much more balanced. Radical leftist Gabi Gazit, for example, no longer works at the radio station that pretends to be objective.


There is still no visible connection between Israel’s media and the ideological and moral make-up of Israeli society that is expressed, for example, in the results of elections. Nevertheless, Adelson can chalk up success by virtue of the fact that the media in Israel today are in a much better place than they were before the Expulsion from Gush Katif.

Moshe Feiglin

What Threatens Israel’s Media?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The main item on State Radio Channel 2’s agenda recently was Channel 10’s apology to Sheldon Adelson. Some background: A few months ago, Channel 2 News broadcasted a lengthy report accusing the billionaire founder of the pro-Netanyahu newspaper Yisrael Hayom, Sheldon Adelson, of illegally gaining rights to build a casino. The report turned out to be false and the station was forced to broadcast an apology. The media claimed that the Channel 10 stockholders, who feared financial repercussions by Adelson, coerced the staff to apologize. Karen Noibach also devoted precious airtime to performer Yehudah Pollicker. Israel Army Radio featured the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Afterwards, the two stations switched stories.


The day before those broadcasts, an Egyptian mob had burned Israel’s embassy in Egypt. Six Israelis were extricated by the skins of their teeth, with just one door separating them from the Egyptian rabble that threatened to tear them to pieces. In response, Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the Egyptians for the rescue and thanked President Obama for something – although it is not clear what. He promised that Israel will build an embassy in a safer place and reiterated that peace with Egypt is an important asset. Netanyahu also said that Israel would find the way to reestablish good relations with Turkey.


There is no doubt that Israeli society and its leaders are still wallowing deep in the peace mentality – peace with Egypt and peace with the Palestinians based on Oslo, along with deep faith in the Americans. They cannot discern that the emperor has no clothes. They continue to cheer his royal attire and to alter their policies to fit those illusory garments.


It is wrong for a journalist to tailor his or her stand in the direction of big money just to ensure a successful career. But what is much worse is that a journalist who wishes to progress to the upper echelons of Israeli media must hide his or her nationalist views. Journalistic servitude to money is nothing compared to journalistic servitude to ideology. The journalists presently raising the roof over freedom of the press are really the last to talk.


Perhaps the best example of the media tyranny in Israel is not to look at what the media choose to broadcast, but what they choose not to broadcast. The very fact that on the day after Israel’s embassy in Cairo was burned, the Adelson agenda is what the media chose to hammer into our heads is proof that something is seriously wrong. Around Israel, our enemies are declaring war on us and the media is shouting that the sky has fallen because someone has forced them to apologize – truly a major threat to Israel’s existence!


I do not know if the media intentionally plan on not analyzing in depth what is happening around Israel, and not reconsidering the entire misconception of peace with Egypt and the surrender of Sinai. I do not know if they are burying our collective head in the sand because they understand the situation and are trying to hide it, or because they do not understand the situation at all. One way or the other, they have failed miserably.


I have also felt the strong hand of Sheldon Adelson and the private newspaper that he established. (What can I do? I do not always stand by Netanyahu.) Nevertheless, I can only rejoice that somebody understands the importance of opening Israel’s media to additional voices, and has invested the required funds to do so. The media have noticeably improved since Adelson’s paper has been published. They are much more balanced. Radical leftist Gabi Gazit, for example, no longer works at the radio station that pretends to be objective.


There is still no visible connection between Israel’s media and the ideological and moral make-up of Israeli society that is expressed, for example, in the results of elections. Nevertheless, Adelson can chalk up success by virtue of the fact that the media in Israel today are in a much better place than they were before the Expulsion from Gush Katif.

Moshe Feiglin

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