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(Forbes)   Billionaire Sheldon Adelson says he might give $100M to Newt Gingrich or other Republican candidate, depending on which one grovels best. Go ahead, just put that right out there in the open like that, a test to see if anybody even cares   (forbes.com) divider line 64
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2012-02-22 09:05:14 AM  
It could be helpful in the end. With the hearing about Montana's law coming up, a bold move like this could expose the actual corruption of the democratic process via this citizens united ruling and sway a justice to change their position. Who knows?
 
2012-02-22 09:09:15 AM  
Anyone who actually believes the people matter anymore is deluding themselves. All the people can do now is hope that whatever billionaire buys the election has at least some marginal shared interests with the proles.
 
2012-02-22 09:24:11 AM  
Only $100M? That's like a week's income for him.
 
2012-02-22 09:28:04 AM  
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Oh, Hi Sheldon!
 
2012-02-22 09:44:06 AM  
if that's his $100M, I'm Icy Whatever!
 
2012-02-22 10:07:11 AM  
Good god, another $100 million? Where does all that money go to?

Probably right into the pockets of the already rich owners of big media. Can you imagine how much of difference it would make in the economy if this money was spent buying goods and services from the middle class?
 
2012-02-22 10:14:58 AM  

Slives: Good god, another $100 million? Where does all that money go to?

Probably right into the pockets of the already rich owners of big media. Can you imagine how much of difference it would make in the economy if this money was spent buying goods and services from the middle class?


Why would they care about that? They don't need the middle class.
 
2012-02-22 10:20:02 AM  
This guy's taxes are too low. Why isn't he creating jobs?

If you have $10 million to give to Newt Gingrich, your taxes are too low, and your priorities are farked up. I'm sure an orphanage somewhere could use that money.
 
2012-02-22 10:38:59 AM  
Confucius say: Never trust businessman who still supports Newt's campaign.
 
2012-02-22 10:52:22 AM  
Thank god I'm only allowed to donate $2500.
 
2012-02-22 10:53:56 AM  

Mentat: Thank god I'm only allowed to donate $2500.


Yeah, we really shouldn't allow an unbalanced system that allows average Americans a say in the system. That's clearly not fair to the Holy Job Creators, may the Free Market shine on them.
 
2012-02-22 10:59:14 AM  
Lord knows if I made 10 million every three hours I would be doing this.

I'd have Newt dancing while Obama sung.

Mitt is too white to be worth a damn in either position.
 
2012-02-22 11:07:27 AM  

vernonFL: This guy's taxes are too low. Why isn't he creating jobs?


Hey, hookers and blow dealers work jobs!
 
2012-02-22 11:09:02 AM  

Mentat: Thank god I'm only allowed to donate $2500.


That's not true. You can donate whatever you want to a Super PAC, just like Sheldon!
 
2012-02-22 11:13:41 AM  
In general, I'm unconcerned what a fool spends his money on, but, in this case, this particular fool's money has the potential to help elect an even bigger fool as President...

Here's hoping that Citizens United eventually gets overturned.
 
2012-02-22 11:15:03 AM  

Lsherm: Mentat: Thank god I'm only allowed to donate $2500.

That's not true. You can donate whatever you want to a Super PAC, just like Sheldon!


See? Everyone is equal. Thank you free market!
 
2012-02-22 11:51:03 AM  
If Newt loses, can Sheldon write it off as a $100 million loss?
 
2012-02-22 12:45:13 PM  
If Sheldon told Gingrich to put on a tutu and dance Swan Lake while Callista gave him a lap dance for all that dough Newt wouldn't even blink before agreeing.

/No hard data set there, pure speculation on my part.
 
2012-02-22 12:51:38 PM  

Amos Quito: If Newt loses, can Sheldon write it off as a $100 million loss?


It's probably already marked off as a charitable donation.
 
2012-02-22 12:54:03 PM  
"They like to trash other people. It's unfair that I've been treated unfair-but it doesn't stop me. I might give $10 million or $100 million to Gingrich."

So, wait, it's "unfair" to call you out for giving $10,000,000 to Newt's SuperPAC? Why is that, exactly?
 
2012-02-22 01:05:24 PM  
It only takes one voice of support to counter 100 voices of protest. Surely you have that voice of support, don't you Sheldon? Someone? Anyone?
 
2012-02-22 01:08:56 PM  
I really can't imagine any better way to spend 100 Million, this guy is an asshole.
 
2012-02-22 01:18:52 PM  

Slives: Good god, another $100 million? Where does all that money go to?

Probably right into the pockets of the already rich owners of big media. Can you imagine how much of difference it would make in the economy if this money was spent buying goods and services from the middle class?


Jesus doesn't want them to have that money.
 
2012-02-22 01:23:19 PM  
GAT_00: Yeah, we really shouldn't allow an unbalanced system that allows average Americans a say in the system. That's clearly not fair to the Holy Job Creators, may the Free Market shine on them.

Hasn't Obama raised more than all the Republican candidates combined?

I'm sure that NONE of that money is donated by rich people... The liberal SuperPACs aren't exactly hurting.

You sure you want a "fair" system when your boy has the most money?
 
2012-02-22 01:24:49 PM  

quatchi: If Sheldon told Gingrich to put on a tutu and dance Swan Lake while Callista gave him a lap dance for all that dough Newt wouldn't even blink before agreeing.

/No hard data set there, pure speculation on my part.


For $100 million, I'd put on a tutu and dance Swan Lake while giving Newt a lapdance.
 
2012-02-22 01:27:38 PM  

Sergeant Grumbles: Amos Quito: If Newt loses, can Sheldon write it off as a $100 million loss?

It's probably already marked off as a charitable donation.


Not sure if this was meant as a joke. (Gingrich is something of a charity case, after all.)

If not, though, there's no charitable deduction for donations to SuperPACs and similar organizations. Charitable deductions exist only for 501(c)(3) nonprofits (to varying degrees depending on whether the donee is a public charity or a private foundation), which are not allowed to engage in political activities in support of or opposition to a candidate for office (so SuperPACs can never be 501(c)(3)s). SuperPACs are nonprofit organizations, but not all nonprofits are charities (most are not).
 
2012-02-22 01:38:06 PM  

xtragrind: Hasn't Obama raised more than all the Republican candidates combined?

I'm sure that NONE of that money is donated by rich people... The liberal SuperPACs aren't exactly hurting.

You sure you want a "fair" system when your boy has the most money?


Elections are turning into proxy wars for billionaires. Those of us who can't right a fat six figure check are no longer important to the process.
 
2012-02-22 01:42:08 PM  
The Supreme Court assured us this could never happen, I don't think we have any worries.
 
2012-02-22 01:46:53 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: The Supreme Court assured us this could never happen, I don't think we have any worries.


I can only hope this results in a constitutional amendment. This is killing our republic.
 
2012-02-22 01:50:59 PM  
"So the criticisms that he's trying to personally buy the presidential election for Newt Gingrich are met with a roll of the eyes. "Those people are either jealous or professional critics," Adelson tells me..."

Notice how he doesn't actually DENY that he's buying the Presidency? He just accuses the rest of us for somehow being "jealous" because WE can't buy a Presidency. What a douchenozzle A-hole.

He's the king of self-contradiction, too. He whines and moans about Obama, throws the "Socialist" card out as often as possible(Although in reality a Socialist government would have stopped him from having his net worth increase more than ANY OTHER American during its Administration). Then he follows up with this: "I don't believe in negative campaigning. I believe in saying that my opponents are very good people and I'm confident a lot of them would do a good job, but I would do a better job, and here's why,".

Of course, I shouldn't be surprised since this is also the A-hole who says that he doesn't believe in people donating huge amounts, but that he's ok with doing it himself.

What a tool. Jesus, when will someone reclaim the Right?
 
2012-02-22 01:55:52 PM  

xtragrind: Hasn't Obama raised more than all the Republican candidates combined?

I'm sure that NONE of that money is donated by rich people... The liberal SuperPACs aren't exactly hurting.

You sure you want a "fair" system when your boy has the most money?


25% of super PAC money coming from just 5 rich donors

Your boyfriend is on this list. He helped buy the Republican Party (new window)
 
2012-02-22 02:03:14 PM  
Adelson is just a front for the israeli lobby. Why don't you tell us whats really going on in mexico huh!?
 
2012-02-22 02:04:56 PM  
Money is free speech. It's just that some people have more free speech than others.
 
2012-02-22 02:09:52 PM  
Mr. Adelson: "What scares me is the continuation of the socialist-style economy we've been experiencing for almost four years. That scares me because the redistribution of wealth is the path to more socialism, and to more of the government controlling people's lives."

Mr. Adelson, do you have Fox News just piped directly to your brain stem? Exactly what part of the economy's operation has struck you as being socialist? The phrase "redistribution of wealth" you're so fond of jangling like chains in the attic actually applies to the farce of Reaganomics, as 30 years of cash has been sucked away from people who actually need it and redistributed to those who really don't.

Oh, and I REALLY hate it when people like him use the word "scared." That's just a pandering attempt to stir up sympathy for his cause among the masses. Someone with his wealth isn't scared of anything. Quit lying, you bastard.
 
2012-02-22 02:11:35 PM  

xtragrind: GAT_00: Yeah, we really shouldn't allow an unbalanced system that allows average Americans a say in the system. That's clearly not fair to the Holy Job Creators, may the Free Market shine on them.

Hasn't Obama raised more than all the Republican candidates combined?

I'm sure that NONE of that money is donated by rich people... The liberal SuperPACs aren't exactly hurting.

You sure you want a "fair" system when your boy has the most money?


Yes, 100% sure. But then again I'm not a shill, and I care about political balance and discourse than I do partisan BS.

Too bad conservatives could never do the same thing, or we might be able to have compromise in this country
 
2012-02-22 02:30:52 PM  

Verrai: Not sure if this was meant as a joke.


Yeah, it was 100% snark.
I'm also 100% sure that if it could be written off as a charitable donation, it already would be.
 
2012-02-22 02:35:02 PM  
Call me crazy but I'd bang Calista Gingrich. I'd even call some of my homeboys to run a train on that old broad with me. But Newt couldn't watch. That would be a major turnoff.
 
2012-02-22 02:43:51 PM  
Well at least someone will get their moneys worth out of the government
 
2012-02-22 02:47:30 PM  

Spike Lee's Favorite Farker: Call me crazy but I'd bang Calista Gingrich.


Have more respect for your dick.
 
2012-02-22 02:48:26 PM  
FTFA: The man whose net worth, by Forbes' calculations, has jumped more ($21.6 billion) during the Obama administration than any other American - Mark Zuckerberg included - wants to take the president out for economic reasons."What scares me is the continuation of the socialist-style economy we've been experiencing for almost four years. That scares me because the redistribution of wealth is the path to more socialism, and to more of the government controlling people's lives. What scares me is the lack of accountability that people would prefer to experience, just let the government take care of everything and I'll go fish or I won't work, etc."

So, he's complaining about Obama's zomg soshilist economy, where his wealth jumped up by 21.6 billion in 4 years. Tell me... in what socialist country can a single person make 5 billion a year?

If he was a country by himself, he'd have a GDP higher than about 40 countries on this planet. Yeah. Socialism. Right.
 
2012-02-22 03:09:07 PM  

John Paul Jones: Only $100M? That's like a week's income for him.


Mikey1969: "So the criticisms that he's trying to personally buy the presidential election for Newt Gingrich are met with a roll of the eyes. "Those people are either jealous or professional critics," Adelson tells me..."

Notice how he doesn't actually DENY that he's buying the Presidency? He just accuses the rest of us for somehow being "jealous" because WE can't buy a Presidency. What a douchenozzle A-hole.

Hey a private prison company bought the Governorship in AZ. Maybe he's trying for a higher office.

 
2012-02-22 03:12:59 PM  
Miranda was a judicial rule designed to protect the integrity of the 5th Amendment. Seems like it's time for a similar rule addressing campaign financing in order to protect the integrity of the 1st Amendment.
 
2012-02-22 03:13:31 PM  
Hey dipshiat, how about you write "United States Treasury" on the To: line for that check. If you have it to give away at least give it to your country.

Let me guess you have $100 Million to give to Newt to make sure your taxes don't go up $5 million next year?

fark you


That is all
 
2012-02-22 03:38:44 PM  
I used to work for Sheldon at one of his Strip Properties. It was THE worst casino job I ever had. I miss the money, but after I was fired for telling a manager to start acting like a manager, I swear I skipped out of there like a little girl who was told that she was getting a pony for her birthday.

If it wasn't for Adelson bad habit of firing people on the spot all the time for looking at him funny, we might've opened on time. And why Homeland Security hasn't raided the place is beyond me.I'm pretty sure with all the illegal aliens they hired no-questions-asked, there's got to be a couple dozen Zetas on the property.

During the 2008 election, we hosted the Republican Party Election night Victory Party. They were giving away sock monkeys with nooses around their neck. After Obama was declared the winner, the young Republicans got drunk and stupid and started harassing all the non-white employees.

Here's a news video of the old SOB on his best behaviour Link (new window)
 
2012-02-22 03:39:44 PM  

xtragrind:
I'm sure that NONE of that money is donated by rich people... The liberal SuperPACs aren't exactly hurting.


Really? Link (new window)
 
2012-02-22 03:53:22 PM  

Slives: Good god, another $100 million? Where does all that money go to?

Probably right into the pockets of the already rich owners of big media. Can you imagine how much of difference it would make in the economy if this money was spent buying goods and services from the middle class?


But that's a stimulus program the 'haves' can get behind.
 
2012-02-22 03:56:58 PM  
Every time this kind of thing happens it just makes more of a mockery of the Supreme Court and of the American political system.


'Insert money, win election.'

It would be nice to live in a country where bribing politicians is illegal.
 
2012-02-22 03:59:41 PM  

Amos Quito: If Newt loses, can Sheldon write it off as a $100 million loss?


Political contributions are not tax deductible. That said, a good tax lawyer could put together a non profit that advocates societal change in non-partisan way that you could support with your funds and if, oh my, you happened to inadvertently promote one individual's political aspirations in the process -

Well, you can't make a souffle without breaking eggs.
 
2012-02-22 04:07:49 PM  

Mikey1969: "So the criticisms that he's trying to personally buy the presidential election for Newt Gingrich are met with a roll of the eyes. "Those people are either jealous or professional critics," Adelson tells me..."

Notice how he doesn't actually DENY that he's buying the Presidency? He just accuses the rest of us for somehow being "jealous" because WE can't buy a Presidency. What a douchenozzle A-hole.

He's the king of self-contradiction, too. He whines and moans about Obama, throws the "Socialist" card out as often as possible(Although in reality a Socialist government would have stopped him from having his net worth increase more than ANY OTHER American during its Administration). Then he follows up with this: "I don't believe in negative campaigning. I believe in saying that my opponents are very good people and I'm confident a lot of them would do a good job, but I would do a better job, and here's why,".

Of course, I shouldn't be surprised since this is also the A-hole who says that he doesn't believe in people donating huge amounts, but that he's ok with doing it himself.

What a tool.

Jesus, when will someone reclaim the Right?


Ah, but you see, calling him a socialist isn't an insult if he actually IS the biggest socialist ever to socialize socialism. Duh.
 
2012-02-22 04:27:08 PM  

Coelacanth: I used to work for Sheldon at one of his Strip Properties. It was THE worst casino job I ever had. I miss the money, but after I was fired for telling a manager to start acting like a manager, I swear I skipped out of there like a little girl who was told that she was getting a pony for her birthday.

If it wasn't for Adelson bad habit of firing people on the spot all the time for looking at him funny, we might've opened on time. And why Homeland Security hasn't raided the place is beyond me.I'm pretty sure with all the illegal aliens they hired no-questions-asked, there's got to be a couple dozen Zetas on the property.

During the 2008 election, we hosted the Republican Party Election night Victory Party. They were giving away sock monkeys with nooses around their neck. After Obama was declared the winner, the young Republicans got drunk and stupid and started harassing all the non-white employees.

Here's a news video of the old SOB on his best behaviour Link (new window)


Christ. What a spoiled biatch. I've seen toddlers throw better tantrums, but not by much.
 
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