Poor Little Rich Big Shot

We can only hope … 

A judge in Las Vegas has ruled that a lawsuit involving accusations of graft and organised crime ties to casinos owned by the multibillionaire and Republican party funder, Sheldon Adelson, will be heard in the US.

The decision raises the prospect of Adelson facing difficult questions about his business practices following allegations by a former chief executive of his highly profitable casinos in the Chinese enclave of Macau that a well-known triad crime figure was used to bring in high-rolling gamblers and of influence peddling with Chinese officials.

The case potentially has implications for Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands casinos because evidence of ties to criminal organisations could cost them their gaming licences.

It could also have a bearing on the 81-year-old billionaire’s considerable political influence. He is estimated to have spent $150m in a failed bid to secure a Republican victory over Barack Obama in the last presidential election and is being vigorously courted by Republican candidates in the next race.

Basically, Sheldon’s being accused of being mixed up with Chinese organized crime. If I were a suspicious sort of person I’d wonder if money from Chinese gangsters and corrupt Chinese government officials are ending up influencing our elections.

As John Cole says, “Will be fun watching the people hyperventilating about the Clinton Foundation rush to this scumbag’s defense.”

12 thoughts on “Poor Little Rich Big Shot

  1. Whether it’s this sad and pathetic old mega-rich assclown, or one of America’s all time greatest assclowns, Donald Trump, if you’re in the gambling business, somewhere or other, some mob is involved in some way!

    We may have made some inroads here in America in minimizing the open influence of mobsters in that regard since the height of the old Las Vegas, but we’ll never know how much – if any.

    Gambling is a great way for criminal enterprises to launder money.

    And Macau, is pretty much like the old Wild West, when it comes to corruption and gambling.
    It’s a way for the Chinese Oligarchs to launder their ill-gotten gains.

    Adelson is just a partner more than willing to take billions of dollars, for some of his gambling laundry-detergent.

    And yeah, it’ll be fun to watch conservatives defend him, while blasting George Vowel-a-lot-alous for contributing $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

    Of course, conservatives have no sense of shame or hypocrisy.
    But at least we liberals can have a good time watching them twist themselves in pretzels and helixes that would make DNA go, “How do you guys f*ckin’ do THAT?!?!?!?!?!”

  2. Tim Robbins needs to re-release his song from “Bob Roberts” adapted for today’s whining right wingers.

    Some people have lots
    Other people have more
    But they complain and complain and complain and complain and complain.

  3. Since this is in Nevada, I suppose the court has a large budget for bodyguards. But if he’s taking on Adelson, he’d better be using the very best. Sheldon would hate to see some nasty accident befall that honest man, know what I mean?

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  5. Classic pay-to-play. They will resist to the death an any move to erect a wall of separation between big money and politics. However legal the Clinton Foundation donations may have been, the question of paying the Foundation in order to have future close access IS valid.

    Democrats are tying themselves into various shapes defending Clinton and the quest to raise 2 Billion for herr campaign. We should be defending her on issues where she’s closer to correct than any of the GOP candidates but questioning FROM THE LEFT – the sources of funds in ALL campaigns.

  6. I wish we would limit the campaign to a set period as they do in France and limit each candidate the same amount of money. That way they would have to get their message out clearly and we could compare the efficiency of their campaigns as a way of judging how they would manage public funds.

    I know, I slipped into Never-Never Land for a moment. Having a “message” is so mid century modern. Now, it’s just about how a candidate can spend the maximum amount of time and money in continuous campaign mode while ALEC or some similar entity writes legislation and provides the agenda.

  7. “Basically, Sheldon’s being accused of being mixed up with Chinese organized crime”

    Well sure, he certainly is mixed up in organized crime here in the US, GOP presidential politics! I hope this shmuck spends his last few days toiling away at a scorching hot prison in a Nevada desert somewhere!

  8. “Gambling is a great way for criminal enterprises to launder money”

    Gulag starting a 501 C something is running a close second. Take all that ill-gotten cash from organized crime and prostitution and launder it through a campaign staff, TeeVee advertisements, etc, its all secret so everybody wins (except our democracy)!

  9. Reality throws a significant fly into the Libertarian and conservative ointment. In essence, their economic and political model makes political power, and just about everything else into a commodity, to be purchased by those with the means to do so. The manner in which a powerful figure or institution acquired their resources is inconsequential, especially once they have a purchased their share of the government.

    Most of the time money is easier to make if you are willing to bend the rules or break the law. So the accretion of power tends towards those who are less encumbered by ethical concerns. If anything goes awry, they’ve already purchased their “get out of jail free” card.

  10. I’m with Doug. If HRC can manage to be more open and say what is real, instead of just smiling and pretending everyone likes her, she will do better. She comes across as a figurehead to me, with no genuine discussion. I realize that she is a prisoner of the press conference/media/gotcha ReTeaVangeliKlan and the shifting of the daily sands. If Bernie Sanders can bring up things that clarify Democrats as more advantageous, and if HRC can endorse them intelligently and with guts, she can do well. IF she tries to be Republican lite, which is how she strikes many people, she will not increase voter interest. If she shows some populism and commits to it, she can draw votes. She should have no problem rejecting some of Bill’s policies, saying time and brains always create new awarenesses. That alone will leave her above the current mess of R’s claiming to love Reagan and trying not to be tarred by W.

  11. “those who are less encumbered by ethical concerns”

    Goatherd, what a delightful way to describe a money grubbing criminal ratf#cker!

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