July 20th, 2014
09:52 AM ET
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The ‘Inside Politics’ Forecast: Adelson’s $100 million dollar bet?

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Big 2014 midterm races and calculations, and a 2016 wrinkle or two, filled a trip around our Inside Politics table to close this Sunday's program.

1. A GOP mega-donor mulls a big 2014 play

If you had a big, high-stakes project, think an extra $1 million a day might help?

Well, leading GOP sources focused on 2014 Senate races say such a boost is being contemplated by GOP megadonor Sheledon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino mogul.

Adelson has spent some time of late studying the map, and receiving briefings on state-by-state strategy and candidates. And he is promising to help Republicans target a dozen seats now held by Democrats, with the ultimate goal of picking up at least six - and the Senate majority. The GOP also is defending seats in Georgia and Kentucky.

So watch in the days and weeks ahead to see how much of a Senate play Adelson is prepared to make. One of the sources involved said it could be as much as $100 million. With 107 days to the election from Sunday, that would be an eye-popping bet.

2. Not your father's Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce is already a big player in the 2014 battle, and CNN’s Peter Hamby discussed his in-depth reporting on just how much of a boost the business group's work has been for Republicans.

This aggressive political play outside of the capital is a big shift for the Chamber, and a huge factor in the establishment vs. tea party tug-of-war playing out in the GOP.

“The Chamber of Commerce has really moved away from being just a lobbying organization in DC to being one of the more preeminent political players in campaigns– rivaling American Crossroads,” said Hamby. “So that’s a big deal in American politics.”

3. Exhibit A: the Georgia Senate GOP runoff

Molly Ball of The Atlantic teed up a textbook example of the Chamber's 2014 strategy: next week's GOP Senate runoff in Georgia.

The Chamber backs GOP Rep. Jack Kingston over businessman David Perdue.

It was Perdue who won the most votes in the first round, with Kingston second. But the runoff is needed because neither cracked 50 percent, and Molly reports the Chamber is confident its investment in Kingston will bear fruit Tuesday.

“Although Perdue came in first in the first round, Kingston looks like he is up in the runoff,” said Ball. “If he does win the runoff, it will be another victory for the Chamber of Commerce, which has backed Kingston very aggressively.”

The Chamber of Commerce pushing for Kingston on Twitter this week:

4. Gillespie disappoints some GOP watchers

GOP leaders cheered when veteran operative Ed Gillespie jumped into the Virginia Senate race, believing it would give them a chance, albeit a long shot, to defeat Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. Even a competitive race forces Democrats to spread precious resources into the state.

Gillespie's decision was welcomed because of his deep resume: longtime Capitol Hill aide, former Republican National Committee chairman, former top Bush White House adviser, former top Mitt Romney adviser. Add all that up, and the thinking was: smarty guy, with a deeper than deep fund-raising reservoir.

Now there's no GOP panic in Virginia, but Politico's Maggie Haberman shared behind-the-scenes reporting on a development that surprised, and disappointed, some GOPers closely watching the race.

“Ed Gillespie, who is running for Senate in Virginia, has been a pretty effective fundraiser but he was outraised by Scott Brown,” said Haberman.

“He has good cash on hand, but the fact that he got $1.9 million and Scott Brown got $2.34, $2.35 million was not lost on some folks.”

Ed Gillespie’s tweet from this month wishing one of his very famous former bosses a happy birthday:

5. Yes, Virginia you ARE a quadrennial battleground now

Jonathan Martin of The New York Times reminded us once reliably red Virginia is now a presidential battleground - and the 2014 cycle offers a chance for presidential prospects to test the waters, and make some important friends.

President Obama carried the state in 2008 and 2012, and it’s hard to map out a GOP White House win without Virginia.

So Jonathan reports that Sen. Rand Paul is looking to deepen his ties in the state.

"On Tuesday, Rand Paul is going to be in Arlington, sitting down with two candidates who ran in Virginia last year—Pete Snyder and Ken Cuccinelli,” said Martin.

And Jonathan also tells us, the aforementioned Ed Gillespie is soon to get some help from another 2016 prospect: Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. VEW2012

    Thanks to the right wing members of SCOTUS we now have one person spending billions on vote buying. Those members on SCOTUS that allowed corporations to be considered people need to be tried and convicted of treason. The GOP is now pushing for our being a FASCIST state.

    July 20, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. kols

    This country is being ruled by the elite and we are at their mercy. It's a free-for-all among those with the money to see who can spend the most on negative ads about the competition. The media also fails us by refusing to fact check what these politicians say. Most people just don't pay enough attention until election time when they vote for whomever destroyed the other with negative ads that are often filled with lies and/or distortions of the truth. When a politician states something people should investigate whether it is true before they vote, but most people are too lazy to check.
    After they win they join the rest of our corrupt politicians who fill our Congress. Everyone should vote and vote out those who have been in office too long. The longer they are there the more tempting it is to become corrupt themselves. We should never have politicians who have made a life-long career out of being a politician. That is not what our founders envisioned. Politicians were supposed to serve their country and then go back to their former career before they became a politician. Yet, these same people run election after election because life is good when you are in Congress. In the last several years they have refused to compromise on anything so basically we are paying them for doing nothing. Congress' job is to legislate and the president's job is pass or veto and make sure the law gets instituted if it passes. People can hardly complain about executive orders if Congress refuses to do their part in moving our country forward.

    July 20, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. gustifer53

    Adelson is proving that you can have to much money and that money doesn't always make one Happy. In his case, the money he is spending on a bunch of losers, could be better spent on ones that could benefit. Adelson is like the Koch Brothers, they all want to buy as many politicians as they can. It's not that those politicians are out for the best for our Country and people, it's the fact that they are buying a politicians to have in their wallet for a later vote on something that will get them their Millions back. Adelson is as useless and worthless as those he is buying or as he puts it, helping them win. I hope he is once again just like in 2012 wasting his money on candidates that aren't viable Adelson is buying a Republic0n or Teabagger, he has NO idea what they stand for, so the only purpose to buy one is....................

    July 20, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. just saying

    So basically Adelson is buying the Senate. Goodbye America.

    wasn't the senate already purchased by liberal tom steyer and his $100 million contribution to the democrats??? heck he even yanked the democrats choke collar and got the democrats to give a bunch of climate change speeches in the senate, just like the trained dogs they are. just thought you should know.

    July 20, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. SteveInMN

    Orwell was right.


    July 20, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. William Miller

    The worst Senate money can buy. I'm tempted to say, he's welcome to it, but at least in theory, Congress belongs to all of us.

    July 20, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. just saying


    @just saying – the man is a patriot and i salute him. i wish there were millions more just like him.
    There's never been any doubt what and who you idolize. Too bad you will never reach that millionaire stage in life and instead will always find yourself forced to sit on the sidelines cheering on those who use you to their benefit and will likely always pass you by with nary a glance.

    too funny. i'm very close to achieving my first million but thank you for your useless concern anyways. you see i am close to that because i don't sit around wasting my time attacking those that are successful and blaming my condition on others. i work for what i want and get. whether they give me glance or not is of no concern to me, just as you glance causes me no concern. I refuse to play victim as you do. i can almost guarantee your mindset will result in poverty and a miserable life. but that will be your choice and not the result of others. so stop lying about the cause of your misery.

    July 20, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. homeearning

    There is a solution, flat tax the U.S. tax code. Level the ground and stop gaming it. One tax rate for all and give regular American citizens a fighting chance. Both parties block this because they live by the division. We the people need to force a pledge to support the movement to a flat tax rate from anyone running for higher office.

    July 20, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Drew9944

    Big Money should not be in Politics to influence elections. And that includes CORZINE, former Dem. Senator and Gov. from NJ, who gave $40 million of his own money and also self-financed his own runs for office. But there's something else wrong with POLITICS and MONEY in USA. USA needs to go back to the original Constitution. And if we do, Welfare People parasiting off USA won't be able to vote anymore. The Original Constitution, only gave the Vote to people who had Property, cause that's all who paid TAXES back then. Nowadays, only people who pay Income Taxes to US Government should be given a Vote. Parasites on any Govern. Assistance Programs, should not be given Votes to vote money of other Americans into their pockets. Yes I know most of Dem. Party's voter-base then won't have votes, but its only fair they not be allowed to vote our money, into their pockets via Welfare Programs they don't pay taxes for.

    July 20, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. JAFO

    The rich saving the rich. Hence, the poor can't save the poor.

    July 20, 2014 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. JAFO

    The rich saving the rich.

    July 20, 2014 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. deejm2112

    Thanks supreme court for opening this can of worms.....the headline should read: spoiled oligarch attempting to mould government for his own personal enrichment, because that's what it's all about.

    July 20, 2014 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. mikeinthevine

    Best party money can buy.

    July 20, 2014 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. deejm2112

    Oligarch attempting to buy government for his own personal enrichment......because having 100 million to give away isn't enough???

    July 20, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Jackson

    DC Johnny

    For all of you anti-First Amendment leftists out there, would you also call for people like Oprah not to endorse a candidate, as precious time on her show and even more fundamentally, her influence as a public figure, are worth countless tens of millions of dollars?

    How about newspapers or online publications, and their endorsements? Should those be illegal as well?

    I'm just curious where your devotion to representative government ends and your hypocrisy begins.


    As a Democrat, I personally think there should be ZERO money allowed for campaign financing. Let candidates do it all for free, and all the way they used to do it. Town by town. That would level the playing field for everyone.

    So, you see, no hypocrisy here, but nice try.

    July 20, 2014 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Cory111

    Let him and the "Brothers" once again dump millions into the elections. We will see the same results, they lose the election but in doing so stimulated our economy.
    Hillary 2016

    July 20, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. Iamnotfooled

    Anyone who can't see the mess Citizens United has created is BLIND.

    July 20, 2014 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. rdeleys

    I don't care how much money he has. I'm not crazy about the Democrats but I'll NEVER vote for a Republican, no matter how much money someone throws at the election.

    July 20, 2014 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. George B

    The interesting question is "What does Mr. Adelson expect to be gaining for that $100 million? (and who will be losing?)"

    July 20, 2014 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. JoJo

    Nobody could buy the GOP off if it weren't for sale. They might as well just come clean & plaster the names of whoever bought them on their suits – like NASCAR vehicles. The most worthless Congress this country has ever seen. Absolutely worthless.

    July 20, 2014 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. DH

    The folks with brains will do what they did in 2008 and 2012 in November........VOTE!!

    Cheating by trying to suppress the vote is NOT going to help Repubs take the senate. Between the 5 MEN who helped hobby lobby with the Repubs war on women and the racists so called Christian bigots yelling at 10 year old children trying to get help, Americans will be standing on line all night to get rid of republicans.

    July 20, 2014 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Tommy in Wilton

    HE just doesn't want to pay his FAIR SHARE of taxes!

    HE doesn't believe in the graduated tax system.

    I have NO patience for stupidity! This turd-fondler is just trying to avoid taxes. That's stupid~

    July 20, 2014 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. Steve

    "Good-bye, Miss American-pie..." .

    July 20, 2014 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. tooggers

    what a waste of money, all that needs to be done is allow Obama, Reid and the rest of the Democratic morons to continue to lay waste to our country, and they'll lose anyway, the media will try to hold them up, but normal people, living normal lives are finally waking up, sorry George Soros

    July 20, 2014 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. James Malenfant

    How many jobs could be created with a hundred million dollars? This is another example of rich people trying to influence elections, in states other than their own. This is how the Tpublican't patrinots operate. They want to take everything away from the middle class. If they had their way, we would all be working for $2.00 a day, and in debt to the company store. I consider these people to be traitors to our country. Don't go to his casinos. Have a great day!

    July 20, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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