GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson dies at 87

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Billionaire casino owner and Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson died at 87 Monday evening from complications from treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, his company Las Vegas Sands announced Tuesday.
The big picture: Adelson and his wife, Miriam, were President Trump’s biggest donors. The couple have donated more than $ 525 million to federal political campaigns and committees since the 2010 cycle, according to OpenSecrets.

  • Adelson was a staunch supporter of Israel who used his wealth to elevate the issue as a root cause for many GOP officials.
  • In addition to the Nevada-based Las Vegas Review-Journal, Adelson owned the Israeli daily Israel Hayom and the weekly Makor Rishon.
  • In 2018, Trump awarded Miriam Adelson the President’s Medal of Freedom – the country’s highest civilian honor – for herself and her husband’s philanthropy.

In AugustTrump criticized Adelson for not giving more to support his re-election, mortifying GOP officials who feared the president had alienated the party’s biggest donor.

  • But days later, Adelson’s top adviser said the billionaire was “110% behind the president” and that “would become apparent shortly.”
  • Deposits show Adelson and his wife donated a record $ 218 million to Republicans and conservative groups during the 2020 election cycle.

What they say:

  • Las Vegas Sands: “Born to immigrant parents and raised in a poor Boston area, Mr. Adelson has grown from a teenage boy selling newspapers on a street corner to one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. … In over 50 different companies – without a doubt, his dedication to philanthropy and his commitment to his family will truly be his legacy. ”
  • Former President George W. Bush: “Laura and I mourn the passing of a friend, Sheldon Adelson. Sheldon worked his way out of a tough Boston neighborhood to build a thriving business that faithfully employed tens of thousands – and entertained millions. He was an American patriot, a generous benefactor of charitable causes and a staunch supporter of Israel. ”
  • House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy: “Sheldon is now home. But the legacy he leaves will last for many lifetimes. We will always remember how he helped improve the nations he loved, promote the democratic values ​​they stand for, and support the people who inhabit them. He was freedom’s greatest friend. ”

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