Sheldon Adelson: Not Getting His Money’s Worth In South Carolina

MAJOR PLAYOR GETTING MINOR RETURNS …  Who is Sheldon Adelson? He’s the Las Vegas casino magnate pouring money into the coffers of “Republican” politicians (and the groups supporting their reelection) in an effort to purchase their opposition to online poker. Why does Adelson want to ban online poker? Easy: It’s…


Who is Sheldon Adelson?

He’s the Las Vegas casino magnate pouring money into the coffers of “Republican” politicians (and the groups supporting their reelection) in an effort to purchase their opposition to online poker.

Why does Adelson want to ban online poker? Easy: It’s costing him money.

We’ve got no beef with Adelson, obviously. He’s simply making an investment in the future of his increasingly outdated business model.

No, our beef is with the politicians taking his cash – politicians like U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.).

Last month we wrote about Graham’s support for a federal online poker ban – which we’re sure has absolutely nothing to do with the money Adelson is pouring into South Carolina on his behalf.

Not long after we ran the item on Graham’s sellout, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley followed the dollar signs and announced her support for Graham’s online poker ban.

Naturally she never mentioned Sheldon Adelson’s money, although she laid the “family values” on pretty thick.

“Allowing Internet gaming to invade the homes of every American family, and to be piped into our dens, living rooms, workplaces, and even our kids’ bedrooms and dorm rooms, is a major decision. We must carefully examine the short and long-term social and economic consequences before Internet gambling spreads,” Haley said.

Really, governor? What about the state-sponsored gaming monopoly you sanction? Or the blind eye you turned to a video poker ring in your home county?

Anyway …

One of the “bag men” for special interest money in South Carolina is none other than former S.C. Republican Party chairman Katon Dawson – whose top-heavy consulting operation we wrote about HERE.

Dawson is reportedly the man in charge of a big chunk of Adelson-related largesse – which he has been entrusted to employ on behalf of Graham and Haley’s reelection bids.

What is Dawson doing for his cut?

Ummmm …

He’s “defending” Haley – whose allies just launched a vicious attack ad on Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen – from a half-negative ad launched by “independent Republican” gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin.

“If I was Tom and I was looking for some excitement, I wouldn’t run as an independent for governor in a Republican state,” Dawson told pro-establishment reporter Peter Hamby of CNN. “He’d be better off if he bought a new sports car and got a girlfriend and got it out of his system.”

Wait … where did the “family values” go?

More to the point, would it have killed Dawson to have added the words “in Vegas” to his sophomoric barb? Or would that have been too overt an advertisement for Adelson’s business interests?

Yeah … “look at them yo-yos.”

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Jan April 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Could you list for us Howard Rich’s bag men. Who doles out his voucher bribes?

Smirks April 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Las Vegas casino magnate trying to buy votes against online gambling is bad.

New York real estate magnate trying to buy votes for private school vouchers is good.

Out of state money influencing our state elections and lawmaking is only bad when you don’t like what the bribes are buying.

CNSYD April 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm

This is ground breaking investigative reporting by Sic Willie. A wealthy contributor to political campaigns provides contributions to a political candidate who is supporting his interests. This is obviously a first in the annals of politics.

GrandTango April 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

well said….
FITS is quickly becoming the most-glaring example of politics as usual..and why we hate lies and dis-honesty, from people like FITS…

Because if you think FITS is not taking a pay-off for his ‘opinions’ or “news” inventory, you were born yesterday..Is is your first rodeo…

Not only is the FITS Bull-$#!* convoluted, and not written very well, it’s of NO F*#king interest…

Alderson has the right to support candidates who will benefit him…It’s called Free Speech…

It’s Dumb@$$#$ and pseudo- politicians like FITS who have so abused their free speech, they needed it taken from them…

Saluda Rapids April 24, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Of course you would like Newt’s pimp. Losers tend to cozy up with one another. George Soros called and is delighted to have your support as well. And Communists everywhere are rejoicing that their comrade, GrandTango, is for taking the right of free speech and the press away from Americans he disagrees with (mind you, he reads and comments one particular American’s site each and every hour of each and every day). Bravo, shitkicker.

GrandTango April 24, 2014 at 3:39 pm

I’m coming out in support of Lesbian Marriage. I wonder if they need a fourth? The one with the blue hair is HOT!!!! I’ll stroke Kitten’s Kitten all day.


TontoBubbaGoldstein April 27, 2014 at 9:29 am

Not that these ladies are “hot’ by any stretch…but most lesbians look more like Sheldon Addison.

GrandTango April 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm

I’m just telling you to QUIT lying about WHO and WHAT you are…But ALL have the right to participate….To lie is to subvert democracy…which what you have done in the US elections…because the media perpetuates the façade you must hide behind to get anything near a majority, even cheating…

And why do you run away from Homosexual Pedophiles and Abortion butchers when they manifest and accurately define “Progressives?”..Why not be proud of WHO you are…That’s al I’m saying…

nitrat April 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Don’t tell John Roberts this kind of thing happens.

Profesional de Tee Oro April 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Sounds like the Quinns are pissed that THEY aren’t Adelson’s bag man…

Thomas April 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm

…and what gives in brushing off the federally recognized Catawba Indian’s casino in Rock Hill? S-H-A-M

The online poker ban is something I support. Gambling proceeds should stay in SC. Unfettered access perpetuating gambling addiction’s financial ruin of millions of good people is the likely outcome for allowing online gambling. I also support the Catawba’s claim to open a casino on their reservation which is not on the same level of access as online gambling.

southmauldin April 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Well, at least I know where Donald Trump got the inspiration for his hair.

SCBlues April 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm

If I had that man’s money I’d get a face-lift or at the very least a “Lifestyle Lift”?

Bible Thumper April 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm

What would good looks get him that money can’t?

SCBlues April 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm

You make a great point, BT.

Momma loves him April 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I think he played an ogre in the Princess Bride. Are you suggesting he give up his cash cow, acting gig just to look pretty?

Nan April 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Katon is a media and money whore. Whatever he touches turns to crap.

Oscar April 25, 2014 at 6:22 am

Dawson, no doubt, took the old mans money and promised whatever it took to get it. Then left, and started dipping into the funds for administrative expenses, travel expenses, and his daughters wedding.

I would not be happy either if I were the man that gave the money.

west_rhino April 25, 2014 at 9:32 am

also owns a share of a Nevada Reid, non?

Slartibartfast April 28, 2014 at 2:26 am

Non! He haz ze fight wiz Henri Roseau for beaucoup longtemps.

Ralph Hightower April 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I’ll wager that Brett Parker wants South Carolina to legalize gambling. But that won’t help him with a “Get Out of Jail” card.

Slartibartfast April 28, 2014 at 2:22 am

Isn’t Sheldon the name of a Casino comedian.. oh.. wait.. that’s Shecky.. got it.


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