In 2016 Election, Sheldon Adelson Cares About Israel — and Pot by the Forward

In 2016 Election, Sheldon Adelson Cares About Israel — and Pot

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Sheldon Adelson, the Republican super-donor and casino billionaire, hasn’t been as generous with Donald Trump as he once promised to be, giving the party standard-bearer a mere $5 million. But new campaign finance disclosures from Nevada show that he hasn’t pulled back in one area — trying to stop recreational pot from becoming legal in his state.

The Adelson-owned Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday that he gave another $1.35 million to Protecting Nevada’s Children, the political action committee opposing recreational pot. He previously gave the effort $2 million, and the vast majority of funds for the campaign have come from Adelson.

Why Is Sheldon Adelson Politically Passionate About Pot?

Nevadans will be voting in November on Question 2, a ballot referendum that would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes for people over 21 years old.

Adelson and allies indicate they have personal reasons for fighting legalization. A spokesman for Adelson and his wife Miriam told NBC in 2014 that the two opposed recreational pot because one of their children died of a drug overdose and because Miriam, as an internist, had seen the ravages of drug addiction.

“It is a personal passion of theirs,” Andy Abboud told the network. “Pro marijuana folks have awoken a sleeping giant in Sheldon and Miriam Adelson.”

Why Is Sheldon Adelson Politically Passionate About Pot?

Adelson has not been shy about promoting his interests and ideas through politics. He was part of a consortium that in October convinced the state legislature to finance the construction of a football stadium to support a business deal in which he was a major stakeholder.

He has also been a leading advocate of a nationwide ban on Internet gambling, which could threaten the profits of his casinos.

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Daniel J. Solomon

Daniel J. Solomon is the former Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.

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