Adelson met Romney last week
February 9th, 2012
05:03 PM ET
11 years ago

Adelson met Romney last week

Washington (CNN) - Casino mogul and major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson met Mitt Romney last week while he was in Nevada campaigning for the state's caucuses, a source familiar with the meeting confirmed to CNN.

Adelson is a major backer of the super PAC supporting Romney's rival Newt Gingrich, "Winning Our Future." Adelson and his extended family have donated $11 million to that PAC.
Adelson has "assured Romney that he will be behind him 100 percent should he become the nominee," the source told CNN.

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Romney and Adelson had previously talked by phone, the source told CNN.

The source would not speak on the record because the meeting and conversations are private.
CNN previously reported Gingrich and Adelson had a brief meeting while they both attended a meeting of donors to Gingrich's campaign.

The contributions by the Adelson family to the PAC were a major boost to it allowing the group to spend millions of dollars on ads in South Carolina and Florida as it fought it off a major financial disadvantage compared to the Romney campaign and the super PAC supporting him.

Spokesmen for Adelson and Romney did not return requests for comment.

Politico first reported the Romney meeting with Adelson.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. edog

    Thank you US Supreme Court!!!

    February 9, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Indy

    An 11 million dollar donation requires a huge payback, you dont just donate 11 million dollars towards a candidate and expect nothing back and there is something very wrong about that. Romney is deeply in debt to corporations and he will have to bow to them if he is elected.

    February 9, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Wes B.

    People need to know this sort of information.

    February 9, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Rich white men club = GOP

    February 9, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. supercharger

    It's times like this where I ask myself, what would I do for 11 million dollars? My answer, pretty much anything. But then, I'm not a mulimillionaire to start with.

    February 9, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. ptny

    Romney doesn't even need their money anyway.

    February 9, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. dagoberto

    Every time I see news like this I respect even more Dr. Ron Paul.

    February 9, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Thank you Samuel Alito "super PACs" .

    11 million to move the capital of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    February 9, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. byron

    11 Million means a favor please Romney isn't Presidential at all. He will be helping the 1 percent and laughing at the 99 percent.

    February 9, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Mikey

    This absolutely sucks. We need to overturn Citizens United. Perhaps a constitutional amendment is in order. I suspect the GOP would block any such attempt – they are the party of Corporate America and the very wealthy, along with anyone else they can dupe into supporting them.

    February 9, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Whatever

    Oh the games people play...

    February 9, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If he would have only given it to social welfare charities like food banks, that would have made a real difference to many more people.

    February 9, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  13. c'mon america

    I wonder at which point Adelson will find it in his best interest to back Obama ?

    February 9, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. Willie Floyd

    Ones' integrity should never be sold. It's like selling your soul.

    February 10, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So how much did Romney have to promise to let the Israeli government alone when it comes to their treatment of the peoples in Occupied Palestine who are not allowed any say in their own destinies? How much did Romney have to promise to come to the defense of Israel if it decides to exercise a preemptive strike against Iran or Syria after January 21st of next year? How many billions in aid were promised to a country that is an international arms exporter?

    February 10, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |