Gazillionaires gather and focus their bucks
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels February 5, 2012 - 10:02am
Those following the Republican primary campaigns will know that Gingrich's shaky finances were repaired by Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino operator, who threw in $5 million after Iowa and his wife another $5 million before South Carolina. According to the NYTimes, Adelson sees the Gingrich trajectory downward and, though promising to keep him afloat until he pulls out, has made it clear he will give even even more money to Romney.The Times story very genteelly mentions Adelson's "shared passion for protecting Israel" with Gingrich. Adelson was part of the Koch Brothers gazzilionaire's gathering focused on what they all have in common, defeating Barack Obama.Okay, it's a free country and money is free speech, but I hope we're all clear that Mr. Adelson's passion, Israel, is also his primary interest. So when Israel decides to go for Iran think about the attack ads this crew will devise to force Obama to join in, though none of them will vote for him, no matter what.Story here. And here's a short piece about Adelson from Haaretz.
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Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages and blogs at dotCommonweal.