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(NPR)   Thanks to the Supreme Court gutting campaign finance caps, Sheldon Adelson can now really spend "whatever it takes" to ban online gambling   (npr.org) divider line 83
    More: Followup, Sheldon Adelson, online gambling, Supreme Court, campaign finance, Republican Jewish Coalition, Center for Responsive Politics, wallets, Lindsey Graham  
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2014-04-03 06:40:12 PM
I can't really see that working. Won't the people who make money off online gambling have as much lobbying power, or at least enough to prevent this?
 
2014-04-03 06:47:34 PM
I'm more concerned that Sheldon Adelson will spend whatever it takes to get an easily-controlled sock puppet elected President and overtly advise on matters of foreign diplomacy or other things he has no goddamn business controlling.
 
2014-04-03 06:59:21 PM
Adelson and his political team say their beef with online gambling isn't about protecting his casinos from competition - it's a moral fight. It's about shielding children and the poor from gambling addiction and exploitation.

I give me a farking break.

How much money does this old prick need?
 
2014-04-03 07:12:52 PM
He's like some kind of science fiction villain. Like Jabba the Hut or Baron Harkonnen.
 
2014-04-03 07:19:36 PM

Mugato: Adelson and his political team say their beef with online gambling isn't about protecting his casinos from competition - it's a moral fight. It's about shielding children and the poor from gambling addiction and exploitation.

I give me a farking break.

How much money does this old prick need?


Need?  Not that much.  Want?  All of it.  All. Of. It.
 
2014-04-03 07:38:38 PM
I just can't get that worked up about a few billionaires controlling the system when, as we speak, people are signing up for affordable health care.  That's what's  really destroying America.
 
2014-04-03 07:43:16 PM
"To try and think that there's any link between a campaign contribution and legislation is a false notion," says Abboud. "There's no connection between financial support for Lindsey Graham and the bill sponsorship."

Of course that's exactly what he'd say if there actually WAS a connection.

For those who don't already know, Graham is evil and dishonest, and a mincing, flaming asshole to boot. No surprise he's Adelson's new buttboy.
 
2014-04-03 07:44:17 PM
That's because "Liquor in the front and poker on the laptop" doesn't make a damn bit of sense.
 
2014-04-03 08:04:30 PM
They didn't ban caps, you can just give the maximum to whoever you want.

I dont think this is the end of democracy that some people ate making it out to be.

Adelson is still an asshole though.
 
2014-04-03 08:07:56 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Mugato: Adelson and his political team say their beef with online gambling isn't about protecting his casinos from competition - it's a moral fight. It's about shielding children and the poor from gambling addiction and exploitation.

I give me a farking break.

How much money does this old prick need?

Need?  Not that much.  Want?  All of it.  All. Of. It.



Sad, in a way.
 
2014-04-03 08:13:11 PM
I wish what it took was spending ten years in a turkish prison.
 
2014-04-03 08:13:58 PM

MrBallou: "To try and think that there's any link between a campaign contribution and legislation is a false notion," says Abboud. "There's no connection between financial support for Lindsey Graham and the bill sponsorship."

Of course that's exactly what he'd say if there actually WAS a connection.

For those who don't already know, Graham is evil and dishonest, and a mincing, flaming asshole to boot. No surprise he's Adelson's new buttboy.


So they're just throwing their money away? Sounds legit.
 
2014-04-03 08:16:28 PM
...why not open your own damn online gambling backed by your large brand name casinos? "You can trust us to actually pay out" or some such.
 
2014-04-03 08:17:15 PM
Spending whatever it takes to get a war going with Iran is what worries me the most about Adelson
 
2014-04-03 08:25:28 PM

fusillade762: He's like some kind of science fiction villain. Like Jabba the Hut or Baron Harkonnen.


images.politico.com

"Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design."
 
2014-04-03 08:27:41 PM

DamnYankees: I can't really see that working. Won't the people who make money off online gambling have as much lobbying power, or at least enough to prevent this?


Sure will.
 
2014-04-03 08:28:12 PM
"Adelson and his political team say their beef with online gambling isn't about protecting his casinos from competition - it's a moral fight. It's about shielding children and the poor from gambling addiction and exploitation."

Sounds legit.
 
2014-04-03 08:28:38 PM
Well, at least he's 80.

Then again, even after his long-overdue departure from this mortal coil, people will be following his dangerous precedent.

A truly just and loving God would manipulate a circumstance in which he was crushed by a stack of gold bullion or something.
 
2014-04-03 08:30:19 PM

Lost Thought 00: ...why not open your own damn online gambling backed by your large brand name casinos? "You can trust us to actually pay out" or some such.


Yeah, you would think there would be all sorts of ways to use the online business to drive more money to the offline side, and vice versa. But maybe there's some problem I'm not seeing. (I'm sure there are issues with competing against offshore entities, but that seems mostly a matter of being clever about organizing the business.)


Mugato: Adelson and his political team say their beef with online gambling isn't about protecting his casinos from competition - it's a moral fight. It's about shielding children and the poor from gambling addiction and exploitation.

I give me a farking break.

How much money does this old prick need?



Oh sure, like there's anything casino moguls hate more than exploitation, gambling addiction, and immorality.
 
2014-04-03 08:31:01 PM
Who knew there were so many people so passionate about online gambling?  The true issue of our day.
 
2014-04-03 08:32:05 PM
On the plus side, at least we'll have a better idea of which legislators are on the take and to whom.

On the minus side, that probably won't last too long.
 
2014-04-03 08:34:22 PM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Oh sure, like there's anything casino moguls hate more than exploitation, gambling addiction, and immorality.


They hate it when someone else is cutting them out of the profits.

It's like the mafia.  Sure, a little Mom & Pop store may make a better product and serve a limited clientele, but you can't have them infringing on your turf no matter how slight.
 
2014-04-03 08:36:12 PM
Good. The people who would like to blow money gambling online and have the money to do so are exactly the Republican base - old white people. Finally, they'll be inconvenienced in a direct way by something their party sold out on.

You can fark over all kinds of other people, and they just cheer it on. But take away some tiny "freedom" of theirs, and watch that persecution complex kick in.

Adelson may just be the wake up call for the tea party dimwits.
 
2014-04-03 08:37:07 PM
We should just take away their money.
 
2014-04-03 08:38:04 PM

MisterRonbo: Good. The people who would like to blow money gambling online and have the money to do so are exactly the Republican base - old white people.


Put the bottle down.
 
2014-04-03 08:42:55 PM

The_Forensicator: Who knew there were so many people so passionate about online gambling?  The true issue of our day.


I don't know if anyone is actually passionate about it, but when an ultra-right-wing billionaire tries to use political influence to have his competitors outlawed on the pretext of legislating morality nanny-state style, I'd expect that to push buttons right across the political spectrum.
 
2014-04-03 08:47:20 PM
I don't get it. Instead of trying to squash online gambling why not spend a tiny fraction of the huge fortune he made offline gambling to get into the next big thing?

That seems like the much easier and profitable alternative to trying to put the online gambling genie back in the bottle.
 
2014-04-03 08:47:52 PM
Adelson and his political team say their beef with online gambling isn't about protecting his casinos from competition - it's a moral fight. It's about shielding children and the poor from gambling addiction and exploitation.

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2014-04-03 08:48:10 PM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: The_Forensicator: Who knew there were so many people so passionate about online gambling?  The true issue of our day.

I don't know if anyone is actually passionate about it, but when an ultra-right-wing billionaire tries to use political influence to have his competitors outlawed on the pretext of legislating morality nanny-state style, I'd expect that to push buttons right across the political spectrum.


Gambling addiction is a real issue, and the APA has shown that online gambling contributes to higher levels of problematic gambling and debt issues.  I don't agree it's a smokescreen.
 
2014-04-03 08:49:24 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Mugato: Adelson and his political team say their beef with online gambling isn't about protecting his casinos from competition - it's a moral fight. It's about shielding children and the poor from gambling addiction and exploitation.

I give me a farking break.

How much money does this old prick need?

Need?  Not that much.  Want?  All of it.  All. Of. It.


Yep. People like the Kochs and Adelson are fueled purely by obsessive greed. They want their figurative money-pile to grow larger than anyone else's, damn the consequences. And anything that might potentially slow that growth must be destroyed.

Nothing would make me happier than to see them lose every goddamn penny, property, and investment they have. Let them live as one of the people they shat on to make those billions.
 
2014-04-03 08:51:42 PM
Meh. It's just another form of wealth redistribution. Bring it on.
 
2014-04-03 08:55:15 PM
media.npr.org

They shouldn't listen to that guy, he just woke up. Look at the pillow lines on his face.
 
2014-04-03 08:57:09 PM

Mugato: Adelson and his political team say their beef with online gambling isn't about protecting his casinos from competition - it's a moral fight. It's about shielding children and the poor from gambling addiction and exploitation.


Oh no! Morals and values are being threatened! Gambling addiction run rampant!

Help us, Casino Lich!
 
2014-04-03 09:03:54 PM

fusillade762: He's like some kind of science fiction villain. Like Jabba the Hut or Baron Harkonnen.


"There's nothing to be done, I'm not a villain; I have no evil plan, I'm a businessman, acquiring assets. The United States Government happens to be one of them."

images.dailytech.com
/too sick to think of anything original to say
 
2014-04-03 09:05:01 PM
Somewhere in the world, at this very moment, there are people gambling in places that are not owned by Sheldon Adelson.

This clearly cannot stand.
 
2014-04-03 09:06:56 PM
He already could spend all he wanted to ban online gambling.  Now he can spend it openly, directly to the politician he wants to buy, without having to pretend he's just educating the public.
 
2014-04-03 09:07:21 PM

The_Forensicator: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: The_Forensicator: Who knew there were so many people so passionate about online gambling?  The true issue of our day.

I don't know if anyone is actually passionate about it, but when an ultra-right-wing billionaire tries to use political influence to have his competitors outlawed on the pretext of legislating morality nanny-state style, I'd expect that to push buttons right across the political spectrum.

Gambling addiction is a real issue, and the APA has shown that online gambling contributes to higher levels of problematic gambling and debt issues.  I don't agree it's a smokescreen.



Real issues are used as smokescreens all the time.

But really, "smokescreen" is giving way too much credit to this utterly transparent toad-fart.
 
2014-04-03 09:09:21 PM
great, SCOTUS brings another Koch-Adel'd nightmare to fruition.
 
2014-04-03 09:10:19 PM
It's time now to play: "Who Said It? Bond Villain or One-Percenter?":

"Man has climbed Mount Everest, gone to the bottom of the ocean. He's fired rockets at the Moon, split the atom, achieved miracles in every field of human endeavor... except crime!"
 
2014-04-03 09:11:40 PM
I'd like to see him spend whatever it takes to "ban online gambling." Online gambling is already illegal in a lot of places. Then he can go on to spending whatever it takes to ENFORCE the ban on online gambling; and that would suck every last dime out of his offshore accounts; and I would cheer every minute of his futile efforts.

He'd have to buy China before he could even start to begin to make that happen; and I doubt he could meet their asking price.
 
2014-04-03 09:11:53 PM
The gambling mandate thinks gambling is dangerous, you guys.

Funny after all that CHICOMS IN TEH LINCOLN BEDROOM shiat, the new GOP moneyman is in the business of washing Chinese money to donate to their cause.
 
2014-04-03 09:12:44 PM
"To try and think that there's any link between a campaign contribution and legislation is a false notion," says Abboud. "There's no connection between financial support for Lindsey Graham and the bill sponsorship."

Then you have zero need to spend any money, so why are you still spending the money?
 
2014-04-03 09:13:25 PM

DamnYankees: I can't really see that working. Won't the people who make money off online gambling have as much lobbying power, or at least enough to prevent this?


IMHO?

More.
 
2014-04-03 09:15:59 PM
Seems Caesars international and MGM are pushing for online gambling. Does Adelson have more resources than those other two combined?
 
2014-04-03 09:17:22 PM

wandero: Well, at least he's 80.

Then again, even after his long-overdue departure from this mortal coil, people will be following his dangerous precedent.

A truly just and loving God would manipulate a circumstance in which he was crushed by a stack of gold bullion or something.


Have him drop dead of a massive coronary right as he is pulling the arm down on one of his own casinos slots during a publicity event. Right before it shows "BAR BAR BAR"
 
2014-04-03 09:21:32 PM
He always could spend as much as he wanted.  Now it just takes fewer shell corporations to do so.
 
2014-04-03 09:26:45 PM

RoxtarRyan: [media.npr.org image 751x422]

They shouldn't listen to that guy, he just woke up. Look at the pillow lines on his face.


HIs dye job is disgusting.
 
2014-04-03 09:28:58 PM

Mugato: Adelson and his political team say their beef with online gambling isn't about protecting his casinos from competition - it's a moral fight. It's about shielding children and the poor from gambling addiction and exploitation.

I give me a farking break.

How much money does this old prick need?


Plus this gem:

"To try and think that there's any link between a campaign contribution and legislation is a false notion," says Abboud. "There's no connection between financial support for Lindsey Graham and the bill sponsorship."

Wonderderp powers activate!!!
 
2014-04-03 09:31:39 PM
 The best defense for unlimited money in elections is an informed and motivated electorate. Make these corrupt bastards spend every last dime to lose an election. The 2012 election proved that money doesn't instantly mean victory. If they want to spend money, then make them spend it and ensure it gains them nothing.
 
2014-04-03 09:37:08 PM

HypnozombieX: The best defense for unlimited money in elections is an informed and motivated electorate. Make these corrupt bastards spend every last dime to lose an election. The 2012 election proved that money doesn't instantly mean victory. If they want to spend money, then make them spend it and ensure it gains them nothing.


I hope these assholes suffer a Duke Brothers style meltdown when every candidate they backed in 2014 and/or 2016 loses.
 
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