Billionaire casino boss Sheldon Adelson splashes the cash in bid to help Trump

The magnate, 87, is expected to have spent $250m this election cycle to support conservative causes, fundraisers say

The casino billionaire and ardent Israel backer Sheldon Adelson is expected to have written about $250m in checks to back Donald Trump, Republican Senate and House members and conservative causes, say two GOP fundraising sources familiar with the mega-donor’s spending plans.

Adelson and his wife Miriam, an Israeli-born physician, have already spent a single election record sum of $183m through 14 October, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Since late summer, when Adelson began bankrolling a new pro-Trump Super Pac, dubbed Preserve America, the 87-year-old Adelson and his wife have poured $75m into its coffers, making them its leading financiers.

To date, Preserve America, has raised $83.8m, and has been running ads attacking Democrat Joe Biden as “too weak to lead America”.

Adelson – who sources say talks to Trump periodically – and his wife have developed close ties with Trump largely based on their similar views on pro-Israel and hawkish Middle East policies.



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