“I’m against very wealthy people attempting to or influencing elections,” he shrugs. “But as long as it’s doable I’m going to do it. Because I know that guys like Soros have been doing it for years, if not decades.
–Sheldon Adelson, Forbes
Sheldon Adelson’s interview in the upcoming issue of Forbes is breathtaking in its hypocrisy and disingenuousness. Start with the quote above. In it, he justifies spending more in the current Republican presidential primary campaign than anyone (except possibly Harold Simmons, who spread his giving among several candidates, unlike Adelson), by claiming that he’s only doing what George Soros has been doing all along.
Of course, Adelson omits the Republican megawealth which has poured into campaigns for years including names like Simmons ($14-million this year alone), the Koch Brothers, T. Boone Pickens, Bob Perry, and many, many others. Soros did spend freely during a single election cycle, 2004, when he spent $24-million. The fact that Bob Perry spent $5-million Swiftboating John Kerry that year may’ve have had something to do with that.
Soros drastically curtailed his giving in the 2006 cycle to $3.6-million and in 2008 he spent $5-million. In 2010, he wasn’t even in the Top 25. So as usual with Adelson, his claims must be taken with a large grain of salt.
This is the money quote from his Forbes interview, which confirms the figure I threw out here recently:
“It’s [media coverage] unfair that I’ve been treated unfair—but it doesn’t stop me. I might give $10 million or $100 million to Gingrich.”
Clearly, he’s not giving $100-million to Gingrich in this campaign, though I have no doubt he would if Gingrich won the nomination. But even if he doesn’t, I believe Adelson may give up to $100-million in the 2012 campaign to whoever the Republican nominee is.
Adelson’s political views place him on the far-right fringe of the Republican movement. In fact, he’d be right at home at a Tea Party convention, if he wasn’t put off by the anti-Semitism he’d hear:
“What scares me is the continuation of the socialist-style economywe’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.
…I believe that people will come to their senses and not extend the current Administration’s quest to socialize this country. It won’t be a socialist democracy because it won’t be a democracy.””
It’s common for American Jews to be liberal on domestic issues, but right-wing concerning Israel. With Adelson, at least he’s consistent. He’s as far-right as you can be in terms of his domestic and Israel politics. Not that that’s particularly reassuring.