Major GOP donor Adelson may attend Romney's Israel fundraiser
July 25th, 2012
03:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Major GOP donor Adelson may attend Romney's Israel fundraiser

Washington (CNN) – Nevada casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is considering attending a fundraiser Mitt Romney's campaign is hosting in Israel, a source with knowledge of the event confirmed to CNN on Wednesday.

Adelson, who is a major backer of Israel and has a home there, is now supporting Romney's campaign and has pledged to help get him elected. Last month he and his wife gave $10 million to the super PAC backing Romney, Restore Our Future.

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One of the major donors to Republican causes, Adelson has pledged to give as much as $100 million to support various GOP efforts this election cycle, sources have previously said. Adelson, along with his wife, donated $20 million to the super PAC that supported Newt Gingrich's campaign, Winning Our Future.

Guaranteeing Israel's well-being is one of Adelson's major priorities and motivations for his political activities, friends and associates have said.

The Romney fundraiser in Israel is going to be a breakfast and is being held at the historic King David Hotel next Monday, July 30. Adelson's possible attendance was first reported by ABC News.

Since U.S. citizens only can donate to presidential campaigns, those attending the event either will be Americans who are visiting the country or those who are now living there. Some of the campaign's major Jewish donors will be attending the fundraiser. Those attending are being asked to either donate $50,000 per couple or raise $100,000 for the campaign.

Romney is expected to arrive in Israel Saturday night after his stop in London.

The source who confirmed Adelson's possible attendance asked for his name not to be used because the event is private.

Representatives of Adelson did not return calls seeking comment.

One of the groups Adelson is involved in is the Republican Jewish Coalition, where he serves on its Board of Directors. As part of an effort to attract more Jewish support for Romney, the group Thursday announced they will soon launch a $6.5 million multi-pronged campaign titled "Buyer's Remorse," showcasing voters who previously supported the President Obama but say this year will now not vote for him.

A major part of this effort will be television ads featuring some of those voters that will start airing in mid-September through the election, RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks told CNN. The group has reserved substantial air time in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania although those targets could change depending on the electoral landscape there and in other states. It will also use social media, web ads and grassroots outreach.

Adelson is one of 60 RJC board members, but they did not have a role in directing the project, Brooks said, in order to prevent them from having any conflicts of interest they may have with other political projects. Brooks told CNN most of the $6.5 million for the initiative has been raised, but he declined to say whether Adelson, who has been a board member for over a decade, was one of the contributors. "He is passionate about the organization," Brooks said.

This will be a large hurdle for Republicans. Obama won 78% of the Jewish vote in 2008, according to CNN's exit poll.


Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Israel • Mitt Romney
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. cali ha ha

    I need to know why we care about Israel like this. I see bj reason to be blind to what they do. It's like they can punch hit scream and were like its ok we have you're back.

    July 25, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Great. Let him show up to an official Romney campaign fund raiser. It'll be a Kidaj moment for sure.

    July 25, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    woops! that should read "Kodak moment for sure."

    July 25, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    Sheldon Adelson is a true patriot. Helping and saving the USA and Israel are two noble causes. We nee dmany more like him!

    July 25, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    One crook to another ,romney the clown and BACHMANN ,vote Dem ,its a no brainer !!!

    July 25, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Sam Stein from LITCHENSTEIN

    This guy Adelson, is involved in dirty money,.. not the type of individual you want to be associated with. What has Romney promised him, if he becomes the POTUS?

    July 25, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Foreign Money

    Mr. Adel$on is just again emphasizing the role of Foreign Money in this Election. Adel$on money is a real issue as there are questions as to where his money comes from in China (Casinos). There have been allegations of Chinese Mob involvement with his businesses. Do we really want another Country trying to Buy our Elections? Especially someone of Adel$on's reputation.

    July 25, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. King

    this is the guy that leaves his home state in Nevada, which has 11 percent unemployment and bring american jobs to china making him a billionaire. now he's palling around with mitten,o mispending his chinese connected millions to mitten campaign. lesson folks especially the reserve bank, stop pushing money to the rich because the amwrican people are not benefitting. their is more money going to the rich now than anytime in american history, yet their are less jobs now than anytime in modern time. this trickle down theory has proven failure after failure, how longer should we beat a dead horse, just because we have the rich defending their stands by saying what happening is not really so. then blame obama if their steagedy doesn't work.

    July 25, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    We donate money based on domestic and international political policy, this year people are donating millions of dollars based on hate

    July 25, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Jess C

    These wealthy old farts have no qualms dropping big dollars on campaigns, but ask them to pay their fair shair of taxes and they cry like whiney babies. I say if they are all so gung-ho for another war, make them cough up the $$ to pay for it. Have we learned nothing from the Bush days that we are still paying for and will take years to break even?

    July 25, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Just another person looking to buy an election. This amount of money coming in is just insane. There needs to be more civil calm debate rather than the money. I would hope that with a reduction in money, we could have more middle and low income people run for office to get a better representation of the country in the House.

    July 25, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    No matter how much money Mittens has, he will always be a flip flopping liar who has no business being a presidential candidate.

    July 25, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Len

    If we are not careful folks, the next day after the election, if Romney wins, we will be owned by 5 to 11 old white rich men. ! Bye, bye Middle Class.

    July 25, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. You People Aint Seeing Our Tax Returns

    After several months of unrelenting attacks on the president by Romney and his millionaire allies, Romney is still struggling in the polls. Is anybody listening to Romney's rantings at all?

    July 25, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. wonderabout

    Soooo, no one is asking the question – WHY is Romney fundraising in Israel? Why is he fundraising in Europe? This is the United States – keep foreign money OUT of our gov't! Period.... Obama/Biden 2012!

    July 25, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Darryl

    Adelson is a man who thinks his money can do anything. The U.S. is NOT for sale. But this man is dangerous and all he and his wife want is to destroy Iran and Kill innosent women, men and children. WAR is what Adelson wants and he will do absolutely anything and Pay any amount of money to get rid of Obama and get someone in the W/H to do what he wants and the Republican Party T-Party wants to do, WAR- WAR- WAR. EVIL !

    July 25, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Why does Adelson donate sooooo much?

    Adelson already has invested enough money he could have really helped the poor, Hospitals, Cancer Research, ... Instead he just keeps buying his way through life – WHAT WILL HE EXPECT from the people he HAS BOUGHT once they are in office – will Romney be able to make a decision before he calls his SUGAR DADDY ADEL$ON?

    July 25, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It will be good for Mittens to get more of that foreign Chinese Jewish money from Adelson.

    July 25, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. ted

    as soon as this jerk lands in Israel, take his passport away and keep him.

    July 25, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. ST

    Will this man attend personally or his money representing him?????

    July 25, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. v_mag

    This guy has "organized crime" written all over him.

    July 25, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. lolo

    Look at the old fart. People these republicans are up to no good. They have made millions shipping jobs overseas. Also you poor people in the red and swing states had better wake up and wake up soon. You are cutting off your own nose to spite your face. I agree with Wire Palladin, S.F., Romney is not presidential material period. He will sell his soul to the devil to become president. He does not care about the American people, only about his pockets. Romney where are those tax returns?

    July 25, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. MTATL67

    Not to smart of Romney being seen with the guy known for violating The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA). Lets not forget this guy pouring millions into the country Mitt wants to crack down on (China)

    July 25, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Nonpartisan American First

    Freedom as we know it will end if we allow the Presidency to be bought by the rich and powerful.

    July 25, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Adelson has made more money during President Obama's term than under any other president. It goes to show that even after making billions more, it is never enough for a right wingnut.

    July 25, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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