Ever since Donald Trump won the Republican primary in 2016, most of the biggest donors for the party haven’t known exactly what to do with their money. Sheldon Adelson, by far one of the most notable donors in American politics and another man who has plenty of experience running casinos, looks poised to stand behind Trump and the Republican party though.
Adelson and his wife, Miriam, look like they have the power to hold the most influence over what will be one of the nation’s most consequential elections.
The Adelsons grew to like Trump after souring on him at first. The couple are very happy with a government controlled by Republicans and one that is unapologetically pro-Israel in its stance and policies. They are also particularly fond of the tax cuts and deregulations.
Adelson even keeps in direct contact with Trump, sometimes using private in-person meetings or phone conversations. The two speak with a decent frequency, checking in with each other once a month, and Adelson has used that time wisely in advocating for pro-Israel policies.
The Adelsons envision everything slipping away though, with a president they like held hostage by an opposition party in power in the legislative branch, and that’s why he’s already kicked in $55 million recently to help make sure Republicans get elected. The big number makes them the highest contributors for federal elections.
The Jewish Voice has reported on Adelson and his philanthropic and Jewish past. He offered to help pay for the new American Embassy in Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Post recently reported that Adelson and his wife remain close to President Trump, “to whom they made massive contributions during the 2016 presidential election.” Indeed, Adelson said in the interview that Trump kept his promise to move the embassy because “he promised everyone he would do it” and that he expected the move to take place over the next year.” When asked whether Trump’s decision was historic, Adelson said: “Sure. No other president in 70 years has done it.”
Days after a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers outside of the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more, Adelson announced the formation of a $4 million relief fund for the victims of the largest mass shooting on American soil.
The fund uses donations from Adelson and his wife via the Adelson Family Foundation, as well as from the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, a casino and resort operating company founded by Sheldon Adelson, who currently serves as the company’s CEO.
Half of the money is be provided via the Las Vegas Sands Corporation’s charitable program, Sands Cares, while the remaining $2 million is provided by the Adelson Family Foundation.
By: Walter Douglass