Sheldon Adelson invested in fight against Hagel, NYT reports

Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Ochsorn.

New York Times reports that secretly-funded groups are running advertisements against Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense; while the Jewish billionaire is invested in the anti-Hagel fight, it is unclear whether he is behind the groups’ efforts.


Secretly-funded groups in the United States have been running advertisements against the appointment of Chuck Hagel to secretary of defense, with at least one of them describing him as “anti-Israel”, “anti-gay” and “anti-women”, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Hagel, a Republican, is U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense.

The report noted that Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson is involved in the fight against Hagel’s confirmation, but said it was unclear as to whether he was funding the groups behind the advertis.

Adelson, the New York Times wrote, “is so invested in the fight over Mr. Hagel that he has reached out directly to Republican Senators to urge them to hold the line against his confirmation, which would be almost impossible to stop against six Republican ‘yes’ votes and a unified Democratic caucus.”

Various independent and largely secretly financed groups spent well over $500 million during the 2012 presidential elections in an attempt to defeat Obama and the Democrats, the New York Times reported, making their failure seem “all the greater given the huge amounts spent.”

“But while the donors have said they will insist that the groups they finance find lessons in last year’s losses, their interest and stakes in what happens in Washington have certainly not waned,” wrote the New York Times.

According to the Huffington Post, Adelson and his wife, Miriam, spent at least $101 million during the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign, of which $30 million is said to have gone to Restore Our Future, the super PAC that supported Mitt Romney.

Adelson, chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and a longtime supporter of Israel, told the Wall Street Journal in December that he was willing to double his investment in politics going forward.

According to the New York Times, the “blitz” against Hagel is “of a sort that has generally been reserved for elections and some Supreme Court nominations” and has been unmatched among modern presidential cabinet appointments. The report added that the current efforts reflect the continuing effects of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision that “loosened campaign finance restrictions and was a major reason for the record spending by outside groups in the 2012 election.”

“This is the first big cabinet fight since [President George W. Bush’s nomination of John R.] Bolton,” Michael Goldfarb, a strategist for the Emergency Committee for Israel, a conservative group opposed to Hagel, and a founder of a conservative Web site called The Washington Free Beacon, which is running anti-Hagel news articles, told the New York Times. “And things have evolved in the last seven years.”

  1. #1 by Dante Ardenz on 01/28/2013 - 9:34

    Too all of the Republicans out there take a good look.The GOP is now totally Jewish Controlled.They are willing to even attack a traditional conservative Republican and Vet like Hagel!

  2. #2 by John John on 01/28/2013 - 9:34

    You know the talk about a new world order and the captial of the world would be in Israel. Israel already rules the world! The USA is the only super power in the world today. Who rules the USA? (I GUESS WE ALL KNOW.) Israel is the power behind the power and the evil behind the evil!!! It’s always been that way.

  3. #3 by michael mazur on 01/29/2013 - 9:34

    What is clear from the gushing text is that, as it says, secretly funded groups have been running advertisements against the appointment of Hagel as Def Sec, and that this state of affairs has arisen as a consequence of the Supremes Decision in 2010 which loosened campaign funding restrictions and was the major reason for record spending by outside groups.

    What the above means is that before the 2010 Decision, the money had to be disclosed to source, hence putting a crimp on its availability as donors would be calculating as to return on investment, given the publicity. Now, post the 2010 Decision it means it is untraceable as the legal requirement is no longer there.

    So, from where does it now come in the larger dollops via the same donors who are now only conduits ? The Federal Reserve; for the reason that its activities have always been secret, hence sanctified by tradition, meaning it’s not possible to know just how much excess counterfeiting it engages in, whereas were it laundered drug money, it would have the flavour of grubbiness about it, which to a Jew of the Adelson calibre would be distasteful should rumours begin to swirl, especially if their persistence forces an investigation by a joint Congressional committee.

    In passing, what’s a ‘outside group’ , as opposed to a inside group ? They’re all Americans, aren’t they ? Aren’t they ?

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