Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Donates $2,700 to Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON — Sheldon and Miriam Adelson each gave the maximum $2,700 to the presidential campaign of Ted Cruz, suggesting the power couple was leaning toward endorsing the Texas senator in the Republican race.

The Adelsons’ donations, the maximum allowed for direct donations to a campaign, were reported in various media on Sunday after they were revealed in Federal Election Commission filings. The Adelsons, who are hugely influential in Republican politics and pro-Israel activism, did not respond to media inquiries for comment.

The donations to the Cruz campaign do not necessarily indicate that the couple have settled on a candidate. Last year they gave similar amounts to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who has since abandoned his campaign.

In recent weeks, the couple have suggested they are split between Cruz, whose campaign has targeted the GOP establishment and who Miriam Adelson favors, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is emerging as an establishment favorite and who Sheldon Adelson admires.

The donations to Cruz on the eve of Monday’s Iowa caucuses, the first nomination contest taking place, could be seen as a sign that the Adelsons are leaning toward Cruz as the likelier candidate.

Both Rubio and Cruz are staunchly pro-Israel, which is the preeminent issue for the Adelsons. They are also in a fierce battle for second place behind Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner.

Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate, and Miriam, a physician, may still give much more to political action committees not directly related to campaigns. That’s how they helped prop up the Republican candidacy of Newt Gingrich in 2012, with infusions of millions of dollars to PACs that backed the former House of Representatives speaker from Georgia.

The donation to Graham, always a long shot, was seen more as gratitude to a senator who has been a leader on pro-Israel causes; the Adelsons made clear at the time that they had yet to endorse.

Author

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Donates $2,700 to Ted Cruz

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close