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Adelson: My Casino is Being Investigated Because I Oppose Obama

Sheldon Adelson told Politico his company, Las Vegas Sands, is being targeted because of his political


Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate, has been the leading contributor to outside groups supporting Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates this election cycle, donating tens of millions of dollars. His company, Las Vegas Sands, is also the focus of a federal investigation into possible violations of bribery laws at its casinos in Macau, China.

In an interview with Politico published Sunday night, Adelson drew a link between his donations and the investigation, arguing that he has been targeted because of his political activity. A victory for Obama, he said, would bring government "vilification of people who were against" the president, including himself.

Adelson's company has been under investigation since at least early 2011, when the SEC subpoenaed company documents in connection with the possible bribes.

Adelson has given to Republicans since the 1990s. But he started spending big on the presidential race in January 2012, when he and his wife, Miriam, wrote a pair of $5 million checks to Winning Our Future, a super PAC that supported Newt Gingrich's campaign.

Las Vegas Sands did not immediately return a request for comment on Monday.

Both federal and Nevada investigators are looking into some of the tactics Adelson's company used to build an elaborate casino complex in Macau, the world's gambling capital. ProPublica and Frontline have reported that Adelson told a company executive to pay $700,000 in legal fees to Leonel Alves, a Macau public official whose firm served as an outside counsel and who met with local officials on Las Vegas Sands' behalf.

Las Vegas Sands' general counsel at the time, J. Alberto Gonzalez-Pita, warned at the time that the payments to Alves could violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which makes it illegal for American companies to bribe foreign officials. It is unclear whether Adelson was aware of his general counsel's warning. Gonzalez-Pita later resigned.

In the Politico interview, Adelson accused the government of trying to discredit him by leaking information about the investigations. (The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal have also run stories about the investigations.) The idea, Adelson told Politico, is to make "me toxic so that they can make the argument to the Republicans, 'This guy is toxic. Don't do business with him. Don't take his money.' Not all government employees are leakers, but most of the leakers are government employees."

clarence swinney

Sep. 25, 2012, 10:45 a.m.

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Forrest MacGregor

Sep. 25, 2012, 11:12 a.m.

Sheldon, sweetie… let’s do the math.

About 1/2 the country, (47% if you believe Mitt) supports Obama.  Of course, that’s not only just the malcontent seniors, Medicare, and Veterans he included, but maybe about 1/2 the government, employees, and depending where you live maybe +/- 10% of that.  Half is good enough for an estimate, though.

Half the IRS employees now know who you are.  I know I didn’t before you started spending 10’s of millions of bux.  Your head is sticking up, way outside the foxhole.  (FoxHole?  I think I made a joke!)  So what do you expect?  Your increased visibility means everyone now sees you and you’ve got 1/2 of them really pissed.  Really. 

So, I’m not in favor of government favoritism, say of the sort that made your fortune possible, nor of the kind that yields punishment for political moves.  But this is the role human nature plays in things.  All it takes is one or two inspectors to start asking questions and you are in the hot seat.

Then again, if you haven’t done anything, you haven’t anything to hide,right?  Isn’t this the same argument the safety conscious right winger fear mongers use on those of us who champion civil and social liberty and freedom?  You should be glad.

Consider yourself lucky that you can afford a lawyer or two and please, stop already with the Glen Beck “They called me a Nazi” whine.  You are trying to influence politics well outside your personal value to the country.  Buck up and take the consequences.  Personal responsibility is what I call it.

Of course, the simpler explanation never occurred to him:  He’s in one of the shadiest legal businesses in the world, often linked to organized crime and corruption, and he just signed a business deal in one of the most corrupt parts of the world.

Don’t get me wrong.  It’s fun to believe you’re persecuted.  But really, just like it’s hard to believe the obese smoker is healthy or that the giggling kid who vacationed in Holland didn’t smoke pot, it’s simply hard to believe that an American casino in Macau didn’t break any anti-bribery laws.

Also difficult to believe is the idea of Democrats recommending not accepting money from problematic donors.  It’s not like they turn down money based on the source.  Heck, Citizens United, defining campaign contributions as a form of protected speech, probably has the indirect effect of banning a campaign from accepting money by stifling protected political expression…

(And Forrest, I don’t think anywhere near half the country supports either major-party candidate.  Most of the country feels an obligation to vote and don’t want to vote for someone they don’t think has a chance of winning.  So Obama will get about half the vote, but that’s not really support any more than paying one’s phone bill is advocacy for your phone company…)

Nobody has ‘nothing to hide’, not one. Fear of exposure is greatest silencer of all time with but one exception. Btw, who IS his daddy?

P L Szymeczek

Sep. 25, 2012, 3:44 p.m.

I’m getting really tired of the Anti-Obama crowd and their conspiracy theories.  Last week they were saying that the President had our county sheriff murdered because of border issues.  The sheriff died in a vehicle roll over accident.  Now Sheldon Adelson is pulling the oh-poor-me crap.  Perhaps Sheldon is being investigated because of his corrupt dealings in Macao and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Stephanie Palmer

Sep. 25, 2012, 3:51 p.m.

I’m pretty sure it has nothing to do with politics. It’s probably more like you’re a crook.


Sep. 25, 2012, 4:21 p.m.

If you own a casino you are corrupt. It’s like breathing, if you breath, you are alive. It’s just that some people waste more air than others.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012 12:10

Written by Kerry Cassidy

I have been given the following information from a source reporting direct info from an intel agency source.  This contact is saying the army is going to be tasked with spreading a virus here in the U.S. starting around October 22nd.  The virus is said to be a combination of Ebola and an HIV-like virus (as it was described to me).  Possibly using chemtrails.

Along these lines, back during the summer we had word that in October there would be a planned virus release in the U.S.  At that time, I don’t believe we were told what the virus would be composed of… this source was vetted by close contacts and found to be a solid source. 

As it happens, this appears to corroborate the new information mentioned above.  At the time, a few months ago, word was that the vaccine would be worse than the actual virus.  I don’t know if this still applies to the above.

I would prefer not to post this sort of information.  I am only doing so in order to give people some advance notice so that they can be aware of this possibility in order to prepare.  I believe many efforts to release various viruses have been taken off track.  Sometimes simply because the relationship between humans and viruses is not understood and we are not as vulnerable as the PTB would have you believe.  You don’t simply get something and have no choice in the matter. 

I firmly believe (as an intuitive healer) that we either allow or deny access to our bodies by viruses.  My views of sickness in general are by no means the norm.  In a sense, I see any virus as a kind of thought form not unlike a programming meme and one that is particularly ‘sticky and incidious’ but nonetheless can be avoided with the right mind set.

In this scenario information like this can sow seeds in the minds of the recepient that can lay ground for the acceptance.  By the same token, you also have the very real ability to shield yourself against incoming viruses of all kinds.  Certainly the chemtrails have been proven to contain multiple possible agents of destruction to health and well being on many levels.  Yet, these also, can be transmuted and transformed. The most obvious and basic understanding of this can be found in the experiments by Masaru Emoto with water that are now world famous.  If you can affect water with your mind then you have that same ability to affect air, earth and fire elements.  This is just basic understanding that we are all energy beings.

It is up to you to recognize how fully you can command your body to recognize and reject any interference.  The body is actually the last level of access.  All sickness enters through other higher levels.  It is all light and energy in the end.  Your frequency is the only thing they are really attacking.  And through meditation, superfoods, and sunlight and other healing elements, earth, plant life and so on you can maintian health in the face of this sort of threat.

Hmmmm, bribing officials in Macau, Oh my!
Captain Renault: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here.”
Emile: “Your winnings, sir.”
Captain Renault: “Thank you very much.”
Totalitarianism is not announced to commence like some rally. It is slowly eroded until the enslaved citizens lose all former freedoms. Celebrating some ‘rich-guy’ getting it stuck to him? Wait until it is your-turn.
Reprobate abusers-of-power Willy & Hillary audited Bill O’Riley every year they were in office.

Sheldon, just think of all the money you’ll save on medical care while your in prison. You should always look for the silver lining!

Edelson is being investigated because HE’S A CROOK!!!

Hahaha!  He is surely the most delusional human being that ever owned a multi-billion dollar casino through bribery and other sundry shenanigans!  I think he’s using reverse cause and effect logic here.  Adelson is working against Obama because of the investigation.  Yes, Mr. Adelson you were a gangster and a crook long before Obama became POTUS, probably before he was even born.

Cheryl Guerbaoui

Sep. 26, 2012, 12:43 a.m.

His graft should be investigated in Hawaiian Gardens too.

And here I was thinking he was just a typical 1%er.

Oh, wait…

@Scott - should I be permitted a choice regarding abortion?  Or is that one area where totalitarianism is okay?  Because your politics sound a lot like you favour the totalitarian side of the aisle.  How’s gay marriage?  What about euthanasia?  Freedom of religion?

The Genting Group is the parent organization of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. Until quite recently, Genting was set to develop a giant convention center in the New York City borough of Queens. In exchange, Genting wanted exclusive rights to casino operations in the whole city. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who’s committed to the expansion of legalized gambling in New York State, was an enthusiastic backer of the Genting Group. What scotched the deal? Not Genting’s public rep for alleged dealings with the Chinese Triads (aka organized crime) in Macau, but the inability of Cuomo and Genting to agree on terms. Whew! Looks like Cuomo—and NYC—may have dodged a bullet!

And just how much would you pay to stay out of jail. Adelson is under investigation because he is an international thug who bought his way into China in possible violation of the American Foreign corrupt practicies act. And you can bet, that if Romney wins the investigation into his criminal activities will disappear. So again, How much would you spend to stay out of jail?  A mn$, 10 mn$, 100mn$ or more. In fact as much as it takes. If you are a billionaire, what is a 100 mn$ here or there, and how much would you pay to stay out of jail in your old age?

Does this really surprise anyone? Frank VanderSloot, Romney donor and Idaho businessman, was subjected to simultaneous IRS and Labor department investigations after writing a large check to a Romney super PAC. And while Obama’s opponents come under the scrutiny of the regulatory agencies he controls, Obama backers like Jon Corzine walk the streets a free man even though he “lost” nearly a billion dollars in the MF Global debacle. Obama has recreated all the worst characteristics of the Nixon administration but with none of Nixon’s competency as an administrator.

Or maybe he is opposing Obama because he is being investigated rather than the other way around.

I’d say he’s being investigated because he is a crook.  And crooks always blame others for their own frailties.

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