The late multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson revolutionized, in many ways, trade shows and casino management.
He was also one of the most reliable money spigots for Republicans and right-wing causes.
Sheldon Adelson gave more than a half-billion dollars in the last decade to GOP super PACs alone.
Sheldon’s wife Miriam is a bit of an anomaly in that she was an emergency room physician and substance abuse researcher before she married Sheldon. Although a right-winger when it comes to her native Israel, there were always clues she probably didn’t enjoy having to give money to, and rubbing shoulders with, the under-educated rabble of America’s right-wing GOP.
Well, now that Sheldon is dead, that gusher of money to the GOP and GOP causes has almost dried up.
Republicans aren’t seeing as many big checks from one of their most generous benefactors, creating a financial hole for the GOP just as Democrats get a fundraising windfall tied to abortion.
Miriam Adelson along with her late husband Sheldon Adelson were the party’s biggest donors over the past decade. But her only major contribution in the current election cycle is the $5 million she donated in July to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC that backs House GOP candidates.
The couple, the largest shareholders of casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. and a long-time bugaboo to Democrats, donated $524 million to the party’s super PACs, committees and candidates between 2011 and 2020. They were high-profile backers of former President Donald Trump, who awarded Miriam the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018.
But since her husband’s death in January 2021, Miriam Adelson, a 76-year-old physician, has largely eschewed the in-person events with politicians that typically conclude with big donations, according to two people familiar with her activity who asked not to be identified. Miriam, who spends much of her time in Israel, didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Good for her. I’d stop giving money to the leeches of the American GOP, too, the second I had the chance.
Miriam, who never really liked leaving Israel for America, is no idiot. She knows deep down that if much of the GOP had its way, Jews would be second-class citizens. And the only reason many extremists in the GOP love Israel is because they think it will be the place where Armageddon begins.
If I had the chance, I would also decamp for Tel Aviv in my golden years. It’s an amazingly vibrant, interesting city filled with wonderful people. As long as you don’t piss them off in traffic. As you do regularly if you ride a scooter anywhere in Tel Aviv and the old city.