Journalism in the Public Interest

VIDEO: Maddow and NewsHour Segments on the Adelson Investigation

Yesterday, ProPublica and PBS Frontline – in conjunction with the Investigative Reporting Program of the University of California – published a piece on leading Republican donor Sheldon Adelson and how he is under expanding scrutiny by federal and Nevada investigators for actions that may violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. ProPublica managing editor Stephen Engelberg was on the Rachel Maddow Show last night to discuss the report on Adelson. The interview, which begins at 11:32, covers how Adelson has become the single largest Republican donor in this election (if not the single largest American donor of all time), the dire financial situation Adelson's company faced after the economic downturn, and how the Justice Department might go about investigating possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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PBS NewsHour also had Engelberg on to explain the investigation and how internal emails disclosed in his report for the first time show that Adelson's company came to pay $700,000 in legal fees to a Macau legislator.

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Stevie Legsmith

July 18, 2012, 1:38 p.m.

It is unbelievable what is happening in this political year; where stories are being blown up with little if any relationship to “our next president”.  So a guy who support Romney might be involved in something a bit shaky;  so one now must conclude that WHAT;  Romney is a crook….Enough is enough…..and what a great bio; right from the Rachel Maddow show;  so unbiased, so transparent; 
Why don’t we start focusing on facts and related items;  rather than trying t connect dots for totlly unrelated items.
What a waste of time….
Don’t recall seeing much regarding that company making energy effiicient use; who was it….Solyndra, or what>>>>>>

David Brigode

July 18, 2012, 1:59 p.m.

This guy Adelson is used to buying politicians in other countries; now the Citizen’s United decision makes it “legal” to do so in the good old USA, which is rapidly morphing into a third world banana republic.

This is indefensible Corporate Fascism.

Romney is their willing puppet

I question the commitment to constitutional democracy of those who defend Adelson, the Koch brothers, and other billionaire right-wingers and their SuperPacs- This election/auction is the greatest threat to our democratic republic since the fight against the Axis powers in WWII

Isabella Binney

July 18, 2012, 2 p.m.

When the right gets investigated they cry foul no matter what is investigated. Everything is all foul all the time. If there was ever any moderation of the all foul all the time rebuttals, you might have some credibility. Maddow covered Solyndra at least four times and Pro Publica has covered it at least as many times.

Adelson;s unabashed pro-Israel stance and financial support is the over riding determining factor in the animus of the liberal news media to this poor boy self-made from the ground up billionaire. Had he supported Obama, same sex marriage and the dissolution of Israel as a Jewish state , he would be lauded as an informed altruistic American hero.

I wonder if Mr. Legsmith watched all of the Maddow tape.  Probably not based on his comments.  Some take aways:
1.  What do these rich donors want for their money? 
2. If Romney gets in, I’d pay close attention to the makeup of his justice dept. 
3. And if we get a GOP house and/or Senate, I’d also pay close attention to what might happen to the Federal Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

This is all from just one guy and his money!  What about all the others, and yes, deems too.

We should all remember, money doesn’t talk, it SCREAMS.  Look as our system of gov’t today to see what effect money has had on it.

I agree wih Tom. Stevie needs to wake up!

I was looking for an unbiased news source and thought I had found it in ProPublica.  This is the second story I have read siting Meadow and PBS.  Neither is anywhere near impartial.

For truly unbiased sources stay away from most news media.  On the one had, there’s FOX and on the other most of the rest.  Personally I find PBS & ProPublica informative, but if you’re looking for factual unbiased info, you need multiple sources and a good brain to weed through everything.  My other comment and my great concern is what role money seems to play, (read Citizens United and lobbying), in our political system; and the other element is that I fear “most” folks just won’t make the effort to make an “informed” decision.  That sounds pretty cynical, but it is what it is.  Lastly, ALL politicians just seem to disappoint.  Obama has fallen short of what he said he was going to do, and Romney is a joke.  It turns out he is the result of the worst lot of republicans I have seen in my lifetime…