Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, recently photographed at the dedication of the new embassy in Jerusalem, has promised $30 million to support the Republican’s challenge of retaining control of both the house and the senate. Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan flew to Las Vegas to meet with the billionaire at his Venetian Hotel, along with Norm Coleman (who chairs the Republican Jewish Coalition) and Corry Bliss (who oversees the super pac Congressional Leadership Fund). As a federally elected official, Ryan is not permitted to solicit large donations, so when Ryan left the room, Coleman made the ask and secured the $30 million.
The Adelsons (Miriam and Sheldon) are close to President Trump supporting his 2016 bid for the presidency, but have been embroiled in a newspaper collusion case with Netanyahu known as “Case 2000”.
This recent contribution by Adelson to CLF is three times the amount that was given in past election cycles. CLF is one part of a two-pronged political organization designed to protect and bolster House Republicans; the American Action Network is the arm that boosts center-right policies.