Adelson denies involvement in special Nevada caucus for orthodox Jews
January 30th, 2012
08:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Adelson denies involvement in special Nevada caucus for orthodox Jews

(CNN) - Major Republican donor and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife did not push for a special Saturday evening Nevada Republican caucus for orthodox Jews, a spokesman for Adelson said in a note to reporters Monday evening.

“In short, they had no involvement,” spokesman Ron Reese said in his memo.

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Last week, the Clark County Republican Party approved an evening caucus for Jews and Seventh-day Adventists. Speculation soon swirled that Adelson, a high-profile Jew and strong supporter of Newt Gingrich, was involved in pushing for the special caucus.

Reese, however, said the decision came after an orthodox member of the Jewish community brought up the issue at a board meeting of the Adelson Educational Campus, a private school spanning kindergarten through high school.

The voter said he would not be able to participate in the caucuses if they were only held during the day, which is the Jewish Sabbath. Orthodox Jews do not drive on the Sabbath, and the only activities they are supposed to take part in are attending religious services.

While Adelson and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, were at the same board meeting as the voter, Reese noted: “For the record, Mr. and Dr. Adelson are not orthodox, thus they could participate in the caucus regardless of time or location.”

“The venue was selected after the person who originally started this process contacted the head master of the Adelson Educational Campus to ask about possible availability. The head master said it would not be a problem as the Campus hosts a variety of community and civic functions,” Reese said. “At no point did either Mr. Adelson or Dr. Adelson provide any input into the process or intervene in any way. They were informed by the head master of the school after the final decision had been agreed upon by the Clark County GOP.”

Adelson and his wife are major Nevada Republican benefactors and have become key backers of Gingrich’s presidential bid, giving this month a combined $10 million to the Super PAC supporting his candidacy, Winning Our Future.

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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Nevada • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Sheldon Adelson please don't let the Mormons take away our Kosher Hot Dogs !

    Don't worry about the federal investigation , your a king maker.

    January 30, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. Larry L

    The Republican facination with the State of Israel is bewildering. Is the alure of the Jewish vote and campaign contributions so strong we would consider blind support to whatever Israel chooses to do as a requirement for Republican candidates? I understand educated people stating they believe the earth to be no more than 6000 years old... they need the Evangelical vote and those folks ignore science. I even understand the mandatory position against alternative energy sources and the concept of global climate change. Again – they whore-out to big-oil money and their right-wing base is incapable of accepting reality. Got it. But Israel? Those guys have been expanding into territories beyond all peace agreements for years and we're shocked that the Palestinians retaliate? What would we do if Mexico started stealing land in Texas?

    January 30, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Incredulous

    “At no point did either Mr. Adelson or Dr. Adelson provide any input into the process or intervene in any way. They were informed by the head master of the school after the final decision had been agreed upon by the Clark County GOP.”

    I believe theri spokesman. Just because the deal was struck between the Adelson Educaiton Campus, which I am sure got its name by chance and not because it is bankrolled by Adelson, and the Clark County GOP , which I am sure has never seen any of his money, there is no reason that to beleve that the Adelsons had anything to so with this.
    Ten million dollars to Super PACs. Thank you Roberts, Alito, Scalia and Thomas for further degrading the legislative process with your ruling in Citizen's United.

    January 30, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. EricCT

    Only in America can you throw away ten millions dollars on a ridiculous candidate with no chance to win.

    January 30, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    WoW !! What a Liar !! He's going to make sure "the newter" is going all the way to the republican convention. I'd say if I was a "gamblin man" 'ol Adelson will end up buying the election. He will throw around 500 Million to the newter – Then, the Next back-up guy is "the Donald" THEN, after the Donald throws another 500 million to the newter – the 3rd back-up guy will be "the Perry's" Billionaire Friends. So – yep, the newter is going all the way !! (and the newter knows this)

    January 30, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  6. A Texan

    Those Jews are too tight to gamble...... Repub are the only ones with $$$$ to gamble, otherwise he would be a Democrat supporter...........

    January 30, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't see this as a problem. Everyone should be given a chance to participate in their political party of their choice. It may not help Gingrich as much as he would hope. We will have to see.

    January 30, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  8. David Crosby

    Sheldon Adelson has no business in American politics..Maybe Israeli politics..but not here...He is no friend of the people of Nevada or to Western ideals...

    January 31, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  9. jack878

    As long as congress is an occupied territory we will never be free of Israel's influence.

    January 31, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  10. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    His money is going down the drain.

    January 31, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  11. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Right – and people actually believe this crap.

    January 31, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. Jess C

    The Supreme Court deserves a whacking for making this possible. This needs to stop! Allowing corporations to donate like they are humans is beyond wrong.

    January 31, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |