This man and several others like him are influencing your choice of the republican candidate for President.
He is Sheldon Adelson owner of the Venetian casino and resort in Las Vegas. He is very very rich. Adelson and others like him are the moneyed PAC power behind the candidates seeking the nomination.
In many ways these wealthy individuals and corporations are buying the candidate AND it’s legal.
Adelson said in a Forbes magazine article, “I’m against very wealthy people attempting to or influencing elections, but as along as it’s doable, I’m going to do it.”
This is the first time in our history that so few with so much money have phenomenal power over what they want us to think and see and feel about a candidate. These few have the power because we are the sheep; we follow and rarely investigate.
We watch the PAC sponsored attack ads and we believe what we see and hear. We dismiss the distortions, the innuendos, the lies, the false facts and fact omission because what is said seems true.
To support a candidate based on truth and personal political conviction is our right. To support a candidate because someone else says we should is wrong.
The New York Times reported:
“About two dozen individuals, couples or corporations have given $1 million or more to Republican super PACs this year, an exclusive club empowered by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and other rulings to pool their money into federal political committees and pour it directly into this year’s presidential campaign.”
The Washington Post reported:
“Super PACs can raise unlimited amounts from individuals, corporations or unions as long as they don’t coordinate with candidates on how to spend the money.”
You never know with non-profit political organizations who or what corporation gave what to whom.
There used to be rules and regulations on the amount an individual could give to a PAC in federal elections. It’s a shame the United States Supreme Court erred in declaring the rules and regulations for a five thousand dollar limit unconstitutional.