Adelson lawyer threatens suit over prostitution claims
July 18th, 2012
10:47 AM ET
9 years ago

Adelson lawyer threatens suit over prostitution claims

Washington (CNN) - Casino mogul and high dollar Republican donor Sheldon Adelson threatened to sue the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for libel over statements made that tied the magnate to a "'Prostitution Strategy ' in China."

CNN obtained a copy of the letter sent by Adelson's lawyer, Lewis R. Clayton, to DCCC press secretary Jesse Ferguson that accused the Democratic House fundraising arm of "maliciously branding Mr. Adelson as a pimp who has given 'Chinese prostitution money' to your political opponents."

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The letter, dated Monday, asked the DCCC to remove all allegations surrounding Adelson from the DCCC website, agree not to republish any allegations surrounding Adelson and release a statement retracting and apologizing for "false claims."

When contacted by CNN the DCCC's Ferguson said "We just received and are reviewing Mr. Adelson's attorney's letter."

Adelson, the biggest single GOP donor of this presidential election cycle, has made significant contributions to Mitt Romney and the PAC supporting his candidacy, as well as other conservative organizations. In the wake of the Citizens United ruling his donations have shattered records.

In June the Associated Press reported Adelson approved and was aware of prostitution at his company's properties in Macau, a story cited by Adelson's attorney. Although a Las Vegas Sands spokesman and attorney for the company denied the allegations, made in court documents by a former chief executive fired from the Macau casino, the DCCC jumped on the report.

"Breaking: House Republicans' Biggest Donor Approved 'Prostitution Strategy' in China" was the headline of a June 29 statement from the DCCC and a July 2 statement asked what House Republicans will do when their "Chinese prostitution money comes from billionaire Sheldon Adelson."

Politifact, an independent fact check organization, delivered a "Pants on Fire" for the DCCC point that recipients of Adelson donations were receiving dirty money, a fact seized upon in the attorney letter.

"As you and the DCCC surely knew when you spoke, the charges you made are outrageous and completely untrue," Clayton wrote in the letter. "Mr. Adelson does not tolerate prostitution - let alone, as you have said, make money from it. The fact is that Mr. Adelson has consistently objected to and maintained a strong policy against prostitution, a commitment that extends to his personal life."

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. rs

    The GOP and their media outlets may blather endlessly about George Soros as some sort of wealthy boogerman who tossed around some relative chump change, but look at what they have here. A candidate for President with 95% of his campaign funding coming from a dozen rich guys, and one- the man listed in this story who is saying he is committed to spending AT LEAST $100 million in support of Mr. Romney. My now. That would probably pay for a whole lot of what's left of Mr. Romney's soul I imagine.
    Our democracy didn't end through revolution, or civil war- the rich bought it.

    July 18, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. sonny chapman

    A logical extension that a Prostitution Corporation is a person entitled to Free Speech Protection under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

    July 18, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. emma

    Squeaky clean Mr. Adelson. Do we want him to be one of our lawmakers' bosses?

    July 18, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Bill

    If you have prostitutes staying at your hotel, eating drinking and possibly gambling....some of your profits are coming from them!

    July 18, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |

    How can we be certain the money Adelson is putting into republican coffers aren't coming from his Macau casino? His casino in Vegas isn't his big money maker, it's the one in Macau. And if you're looking for an apology, go to the AP. No Apologies!!!

    July 18, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. demwit

    True or Not. Doesn't matter here, the cats out of the bag and we intend to skin it..., thanks CNN.

    July 18, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. s

    blah blah blah, old rich men are always into secret things

    July 18, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Jesus Christ Superstar

    But saying Obama is a Socialist Muslim born in Kenya who's part of the Muslim Brotherhood, that's not libel or slander? The republicans will throw mud all day, but then they cry and whine as soon as they get mud in their eye

    July 18, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. SafeJourney

    He can sue all he wants, he is directly involved with Chinese illegal activities and lo and behold, they are heavy into Prostitution and traficing of humans. Quick research reveals all. Google adelsons casinos on an island off of mainland china. Dont be fooled by this rube, he is into Anything that will make him money, legal or not

    July 18, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Myviewis

    What's Eliot Spitzer's opinion on this, did he have something to do with it since he has experience in this area of trouble?

    July 18, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Linda

    This man has so much money he doesn't even know how much he has, he probably doesn't know where all of it is coming from in his companies and organizations around the world....he can not know how all these people are running his companies or what they are doing.....any man that can hand out the amount of money he hands out in one transaction can't possibly know all that is going on in his is an example of the rich and powerful behind don't think they won't come calling on the White House if Romney gets elected......then Romney will have to pay back in tax consessions, tax loopholes, lower taxes and anything else they ask him to do.......and the middle class and the poor can kiss off a future in this country.......

    July 18, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Maxx

    Mr. Adelson is currently being investigated by the justice department for bribing a foreign official – think he wants a new justice department with Romney owing him a favor much?

    July 18, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. once upon a horse

    welcome to the world of politics Mr.A. it's not always honest, nor clean especially when you're trying to buy an election.

    July 18, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. rosaadriana

    Casinos and prostitution go hand in hand so it is not out of the realm of possibility although they do need some hard proof, that is the difficult part.
    Now someone explain to me why Republicans are taking money from a casino mogul. The Republicans here wont even let us have a lottery, why are casinos OK? Is that part of their family values strategy? I don't get it.

    July 18, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. lolo

    He has to pay to get attention, being rich just doesn't cut it. These old men in the republican party are as slick as oil. We know why they are backing Mittens, because he is just a puppet and a wimp to boot. They know that they can push him around.

    July 18, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Adelson has a problem with the source for the original story, the AP, not the DCCC. By threatening the DCCC, his lawyers are attacking the symptoms of the problem, not the cause. I would suppose that CNN would be just as guilty as the DCCC by reporting the AP story, which is all that the DCCC did.

    July 18, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. Anonymous

    adelson is a slime bag under investigation by the justice department/ Of course he wants romney to win. anything to stop the investigation. Do we want our country bought by out side money? Obama 2012

    July 18, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Adelson is another holier than thou rich GOP/Tea Party hypocrite who was caught with his pants down.

    July 18, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "That would probably pay for a whole lot of what's left of Mr. Romney's soul I imagine."

    Robots have souls?

    July 18, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You're right, Adelson is up to his eyeballs in corruption and these Republicans know it. Darryl Issa and his GOP buddies will remove Holder to protect Adelson. P.S. Myviews doesn't get it, this is bigger than Elliott Spitzer.

    July 18, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Chumlee

    Go DCCC – kick this crooks backside!

    July 18, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    If you think the Chinese look at our leaders as fools, imagine what they will think if we elect a guy who moves money off shore to take advantage of loopholes that allow him to pay little or no income taxes.

    July 18, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. sonny chapman

    Attention Rosaadriana; These people HATE Barrack Obama. And some even consider themselves followers of Jesus Christ, who said ,"Love each other as the Father loves you."

    July 18, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. eroteme

    Forget it. Obama and his campaign gurus are blameless in all matters. Their liberal media supports and conributes to this truth.

    July 18, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Marie MD

    I don't know much about this billionaire except he thought the newterman and now the flip flopper are worthy of having the title of president but people like him are involved in the worsts of the worst of humankind.

    July 18, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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