Adelson gifts Shmuley, encouraged Mitt?


The Wall Street Journal reports tonight that Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam gave $500,000 to a SuperPAC that will support Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is his longshot bid to unseat Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.).

Boteach, who is proscribed from dealing directly with the SuperPAC, is nonetheless grateful. He tells the Journal:

“I treasure the Adelsons’ support. They are among the most generous and sophisticated political donors in the country,” said Mr. Boteach in a statement through his spokesman. The Adelsons previously have given directly to Mr. Boteach’s campaign. The $500,000 donation to the new super PAC “is a game-changer, and I suspect there will be many more like it,” said Mr. Boteach.

The Adelsons have already given directly to Boteach’s campaign.

I found this claim in the article about the casino magnate to be intriguing:

Mr. Adelson, who owns a conservative newspaper in Israel, encouraged Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to go to Israel last month, where Mr. Romney met with Mr. Netanyahu.

This is news to me (unless I missed something); Romney needed Adelson’s "encouragement" to go to Israel?

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