Adelson family gives more to pro-Gingrich super PAC
April 20th, 2012
11:32 PM ET
8 years ago

Adelson family gives more to pro-Gingrich super PAC

Washington (CNN) - The Adelson family continues to be the major benefactor behind the super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich's candidacy, Winning Our Future.

While Nevada casino mogul Sheldon Adelson - who has donated $7.5 million to the group - did not give more in March, his wife Dr. Miriam Adelson contributed an additional $5 million last month, according to a report filed late Friday night with the Federal Election Commission. All totaled she has given $12.5 million and the family has given more than $20 million.

The family's contributions to Winning Our Future are a major reason the group has been able to continue operating. In total the group has raised $23 million.

It brought in $5,051,082 last month, meaning almost all of its receipts were from Miriam Adelson's one contribution, which came on March 21.

The PAC has $5.8 million cash on hand. It spent just over $1.5 million last month supporting Gingrich's candidacy at a time when his run for president faced major financial problems and questions about its viability.

Adelson is also beginning to support other causes. He contributed $5 million in February to the Congressional Leadership Fund, which is tasked with keeping Republicans in control of the House of Representatives.

Adelson has indicated to Mitt Romney and his supporters he will back the former Massachusetts governor if he wins the nomination, sources familiar with the matter have told CNN. Last month while they were in Las Vegas for a Republican Jewish conference, a group of donors to the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future met with Adelson asking for his support.

And in comments captured by JewishJournal.Com last month, Adelson said Gingrich was "at the end of his line." He made the comments at The Venetian, the hotel and casino he owns in Las Vegas.

Regarding Romney, Adelson said, "He's not the bold decision-maker like Newt Gingrich is. He doesn't want to – every time I talk to him, he says, 'Well, let me think about it.'"

Adelson compared Romney to President Barack Obama as two men who don't always make firm commitments on issues.

Adelson said he has talked to Romney many times, and the two met during the lead-up to the Nevada caucuses in February.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. toocy

    Wow. These people are throwing, what to most people are, huge amounts of money at superpacs. How much is their return investment? Must be staggering. Too bad their going to make all that money on the backs of the working class.

    April 20, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  2. mlynn

    Secret Service coverage for Newt runs $38,000 dollars per day. Think we could use that cash elsewhere!

    April 21, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  3. Severely Moderate

    Welcome to the GOP era of Citizens United.

    America for sale!

    April 21, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  4. NotFooledByDistractions

    "The Adelson family continues to be the major benefactor behind the super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich's candidacy, Winning Our Future."

    Proving the adage...a fool and his money are soon parted. What a freakin' waste! Just think of all the better uses for that money.

    April 21, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  5. Jim

    No wonder he's still in the race. He's playing them like a fiddle, like the idiotic fools they are, it must be great to brainwash millionaires.

    April 21, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  6. MaryM

    Why would they waste their money on the Newt?

    April 21, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  7. Cheryl

    What GREAT PEOPLE!!! And SMART PEOPLE!! They KNOW WHO THE REAL DEAL IS!! NOW they need to get some of their connections to give to the campaign so that NEWT can steam roll in DE/NJ/NC/TX/NY and CA!!!! I think this is going to happen!!!

    April 21, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  8. Thomas

    Newt is a Tax Deduction !

    April 21, 2012 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  9. s

    This family are total MORONS

    April 21, 2012 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Adelson is either severely "dain bramaged" or truly believes that Mitt Romney will drop dead before the convention. Why else would he keep pumping water into a swimming pool with a hole in it. Israel already has the greatest lobby that money can buy – the US Congress. There isn't anything a professional flanderer and has-been like Newt can do.

    April 21, 2012 05:47 am at 5:47 am |

    They let Lizard twist in the wind bouncing checks to the point of no return before saving him. Now he can pay for the Secret Service to find him ladies of the night.

    April 21, 2012 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  12. Marie MD

    Speaking of the rich and their tax loopholes.

    April 21, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  13. Thomas

    Boy, since this guy is throwing around money like there's no tomorrow, can I have some, too? It would go to a MUCH better cause...

    April 21, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  14. Marlee

    I think Newt should be put out to pasture, but apparently moneybags is betting on losing.

    April 21, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    Old brainless Texas idiot. Ha...

    April 21, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |