Billionaire casino owner and Republican giant Sheldon Adelson (Sheldon Adelson) died Monday night at the age of 87 from complications related to the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Big picture: Adelson and his wife Miriam are President Trump’s biggest donors. According to OpenSecrets, since the 2010 cycle, the couple has donated more than $525 million to federal political campaigns and committees.
- Adelson is a staunch supporter of Israel, and he used his wealth to elevate this issue to the top cause of many Republican officials.
- In addition to the Las Vegas Review in Nevada, Adelson also owns the Israeli daily newspaper “Hayem Israel”
- In 2018, Trump awarded Miriam Adelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his and her husband’s philanthropy, which is the highest civilian honor in the United States.
In AugustTrump criticized Adelson for not donating more money to support his re-election, which annoyed Mort, Republican officials, who worried that the president would alienate the party’s largest donor.
- But a few days later, Adelson’s senior advisers said that the billionaire was “110% behind the president” and “will become obvious soon.”
- Documents show that in the 2020 election cycle, Adelson and his wife provided a record $218 million to Republicans and conservative groups.
What are they talking about:
- Las Vegas Sands: “Mr. Adelson was born to immigrant parents and grew up in a poor area of Boston. From a teenage boy selling newspapers on the street corner to one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world… There is no doubt that in Among more than 50 different companies, his dedication to charity and commitment to his family will truly become his legacy.”
- Former President George W. Bush: “Laura and I mourn the death of our friend Sheldon Adelson. Sheldon worked hard in a tough neighborhood in Boston to build a successful business that faithfully employed tens of thousands of people and Bring entertainment to millions of people. He is an American patriot, a generous American donor to charity and a staunch supporter of Israel.”
- House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy: “Sheldon is home now. But his legacy will last for many lives. We will always remember how he helped improve the country he loves, raise the democratic values they represent, and how to support those who call them From home. He is freedom’s greatest friend.”