Friday, June 29, 2012

Sheldon Adelson Pledges $10M to Koch Effort

Are the Koch brothers war hawks?
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson this week pledged $10 million to the Koch brothers’ 2012 efforts, cementing a potent alliance of two of the biggest spending forces in conservative politics, according to Politico.

Adelson has been a one trick pony, writing checks to anyone that is willing to support an aggressive Israeli middle east policy, which, of course, would include an attack on Iran.

Writes Politico:
Adelson has long been a major Republican financier. But his donations have primarily benefited establishment Republican groups and candidates, or those supportive of his single biggest pet issue — the vigorous defense of Israel.
Does Adelson know something about the Koch brothers that the rest of us don't or is he simply funding anti-Obama forces?

According to Politico, the summit also featured the unveiling of a new candidate training academy supported by the Kochs called the Grassroots Institute.

The Grassroots Institute adds a new tool to a loose coalition of groups backed by the Kochs that increasingly resembles a political party of its own, says Politico.


  1. Giving money to the Koch brothers? Isn't that like trying to give snow to an Eskimo? Aren't the brothers K thousands of times richer than Adelson? I don't get it.

  2. They aren't giving money to the Koch brothers, they're giving money to the same interest groups and PACs supported by them. You're right that the Koch's don't need any money, but any super PAC has an air of greater legitimacy if it is not funded by just two guys, now they have another prominent name to make it seem like they're not simply trying to corrupt our political practices.