Monday, December 10, 2012
Big Money Still Trying
Do you remember when Karl Rove, Americans for (their own) Prosperity, FreedomWorks, the Chamber of Commerce, and Sheldon Adelson tried to buy the election for the Mitt Romney and failed? They haven't given up yet.
When the Republican governors went to Las Vegas for their big meeting, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio went on a pilgrimage to the man with all the money, Sheldon Adelson. Kasich went to pay respects and bow at the feet of Adelson, while he laid the groundwork for some possible campaign money for his future. Kasich plans to run for re-election, but many would agree that he'd like to run for President again. Adelson, apparently, hasn't given up on trying to influence politics.
After contributing as much as $150 million to Republican campaigns and causes to become the top GOP political donor this year, Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson isn't putting away his checkbook.
Instead, the billionaire casino magnate has vowed to double his contributions during the 2016 wide-open White House contest, becoming an unparalleled political power broker courted by Republican leaders on Capitol Hill and presidential hopefuls alike....
.....At a post-election Republican Governors Association convention in November, state leaders paid their respects to Adelson while meeting at The Venetian, his hotel-casino on the Strip. Governors who visited Adelson included Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, John Kasich of Ohio, and outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia....
These Republican governors have paid more respect to some rich guy in Vegas than to their own people in their states. Shame. While they beg, and kiss the hand of Adelson, they beg for money for their far right, ideological-driven campaigns, that strips rights away from middle class workers, teachers, women, and others. Wouldn't we all like to have seen these Republicans kowtow at the feet of Adelson? Those pictures would be priceless.
Will Americans dismiss the money behind the Republican Party and vote for their own good-----better public education, the rights and safety of workers, fair pay, health care for women, equal rights, the safety net, etc.? We will see.