Major GOP donor Adelson may attend Romney's Israel fundraiser
July 25th, 2012
03:03 PM ET
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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. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    wonderabout - WHY is Romney fundraising in Israel? Why is he fundraising in Europe
    Didn't you read the story? These are American citizens living abroad. They have a right to vote and support a candidate as well. And I sur ebet they can produce an ID to prove their citizenship. I seem to recall Obama making trips abroad before the 2008 election. Now all of a sudden this is a problem? Oh well, too bad. Suck it up and stop whining.

    July 25, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. actionjacks7

    Adeleson is nothing but a Israelis firster. He cares only about how much money he can steal from Americans.

    July 25, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. v_mag

    You don't mind if the Mafia contributes to the presidential campaign, do you? That's alright, huh? We don't care if the President owes favors to crime lords, do we? We'll all still feel safe, won't we? That's the way they've done things in Italy for a long time, and they're doing just fine, right?

    July 25, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. David in Houston

    A fool & his money are soon parted...

    July 25, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. CanadaONE

    Canada is under major RED alert with Romney overseas – hope he does not say anything stupid that could may cause a WORLD WAR
    – he is not very smart when it comes to understanding our enemies
    – and hope he does not insult the Jews by trying to make them Mormons – which is what he pledged to the Mormon church

    July 25, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    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.
    I don't seem to recall the announcement of Buffet, Gates, etc. refusal to make anymore money. You've lost your mind.

    July 25, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. To: Forward into the .....

    I don't think you have even looked at what is going on in this election as compared to the the 2008 – there were laws and DISCLOSURE requirements then. Now since the Activitist Rigth Wing Supreme Court Struck down the Bi-partisian Law which regulated donations has taken effect there is no way to actually know where the money is coming from or by who. Sort of like Mitt's Taxes, Bank Accounts, and 2002 Olympic Records – No one knows much about them either. I would bet you were one who wanted the Presidents Birth Certificate – he produced it -unlike Mitt's Records. Now that you have tried to compare the two – there is no comparison – but your use of Rationalization seems to work for you! Maybe if Mitt and Republicans would, as you put it "SUCK IT UP" and just provide the information a true US Citizen would, people could judge for themselves instead of some elite making the decision – like in a Marxist society!

    July 25, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Jane

    Of course Adelson will attend. Wouldn't you want to inspect the merchandise that you've paid for and make sure it's in working order?

    July 25, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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