Friday, June 15, 2012

What Happens in Vegas: Sheldon Adelson Donates $10 Million to Romney Super PAC

Oh, what hell Citizens United hath wrought. We used to think that election season political ads were obnoxious and oppressive. But boy howdy, get ready for a flood. I'm sure that the five or six owners of the major media companies in the United States (how did that happen?) are thrilled at the infinite mounds of dough. They won't have to run Head-On commercials or Sham-Wow! infomercials for a while! And an only slightly larger group of billionaires essentially get to buy whatever politicians they want.

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Well, almost. Sheldon Adelson--the squillionaire who owns The Venetian and Palazzo--originally wanted Newt Gingrich. Some things, apparently, money can not buy. But look how long Shelly kept Newtie afloat! He just opened up his bottomless purse, and single-handedly kept Newt going for months after he was essentially toast. And now, he's funding Mitt Romney, surely not his favorite candidate, but apparently preferable to that (black) guy currently in the White House.

I am already sick of the ads we're getting*, and I hope that ultimately people just tune them out. Because let's be honest. How many people are there who are just torn between these two candidates. Nothing short of finding out Barack Obama was a secret Holocaust denier or that Mitt Romney invented bacon would be likely to change my decision. You?

I, for one, welcome our new corporate fat
cat overlords.

Sheldon Adelson is giving $10 million to Mitt Romney super PAC

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who helped prop up House speaker Newt Gingrich’s presidential primary campaign for months, is now using his massive wealth to help former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. According to two sources familiar with the donation, Adelson is giving $10 million to the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future*. Under Federal Election Commission law, Restore Our Future is free to accept donations of unlimited amounts from single donors but must reveal the identity of those givers. . .

Read more at: The Washington Post

*Another thing I'm sick of? These ridiculously named, falsely grass-roots-sounding SuperPAC names. "Restore Our Future" is one of the lamer ones, not harkening to jingoism with words like liberty, freedom or patriot. And it isn't larded with "People for the. . .", "Americans for. . ." or "The Smith & Wesson/Ronald Reagan Libertygasm Foundation." But it's still goofy (and irritating) as hell.



  2. A person should single-handedly be able to support a candidate for high office? That sounds like America to you? If money equals freedom of speech, then MORE money equals MORE speech.How are the rest of us supposed to compete against a billionaire?


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