May 9, 2015 4:00 pm -


0686ed96-3cec-47f2-b3ab-68c15c64c1d2-1020x612For years, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has contributed millions of dollars to Republican candidates, has been dogged by allegations and rumors of involvement in bribery, money laundering, and ties to Asian organized crime.

Naturally, the “mainstream” media has said little about these matters as they remain distacted and dazzled by that shiny object: “Ooooh, lookit all the priddy campaign cash!”

So The Doc is enjoying some rare Saturday morning schadenfreude, because it looks like the great big universal Lazy Susan of Karma has taken a 180-degree turn and served the notorious gambling magnate a fresh serving of badly-timed news:

Sheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino magnate and key Republican party donor, spent four combative days in a Las Vegas court this week defending his gambling empire from accusations of bribery and ties to organised crime.

By the time the hearing was over, Adelson had argued with the judge, contradicted the evidence of his own executives and frustrated his lawyers by revealing more information than he was required to in response to simple yes or no questions. But most importantly, far from laying the allegations against hisLas Vegas Sands conglomerate to rest, the billionaire’s answers threw up yet more questions which he is likely to have to return to court to answer.

On the court docket, the case is merely a wrongful dismissal suit. The former CEO of Adelson’s highly profitable casinos in the Chinese enclave of Macau, Steven Jacobs, is suing because he claims to have been sacked for trying to break links to organised crime groups, the triads, and for attempting to halt alleged influence peddling with Chinese officials.

The Guardian’s lengthy write-up is filled with juicy revelations and, while anyone in the dock is entitled to the presumption of innocence, you’ve got to wonder:

Adelson accused Jacobs of “squealing like a pig to the government” and of blackmail in taking his accusations to the US authorities. They include the allegation that Las Vegas Sands paid what amounted to bribes intended to influence the Macau authorities and the government in Beijing and that the casino did business with a notorious triad leader.

The information Jacobs provided to the authorities prompted continuing investigations by the US Justice Department and federal financial regulators. If these allegations are shown to be true, then Adelson’s gambling licences could be in jeopardy because associations with organised crime could prompt action by Nevada’s gambling authorities, always sensitive to Las Vegas’s history with the mafia. …

The casino magnate repeatedly told the court his company “was not doing business” with Cheung Chi Tai, a Hong Kong-born leader of the Wo Hop To triad. Cheung is barred from entering the US because of his “affiliation to organised crime”, a source in the homeland security department told the IRP.

“We had no direct [emphasis mine – The Doc] relationship with Cheung Chi Tai,” Adelson testified.

Cheung was the major stakeholder in a junket company called Neptune which began running a VIP room at [Adelson’s] Sands Macau in 2005, according to Hong Kong court records.

Adelson is also likely to face difficult questions about his denial that his company had ties to a senior Chinese official, Ng Lap Seng, who was described in court as “a courier” for Sands Macau and a link man to the Chinese government.

“I heard that he was a real estate developer or that he was the head of the real estate developers association or something,” Adelson testified.

Ng is perhaps better known as a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee, a political advisory body in China dominated by the Communist party.

Adelson told the court he was not aware of any association between Las Vegas Sands and Ng.

“I know of nobody in the company who had dealings with Ng,” he said.

Jacobs’ lawyer, James Pisanelli, told the Las Vegas court that Ng had acted as “a courier” for Adelson’s company.

The entire article is worth a read. The Doc is not, however, expecting GOP candidates, particularly those intent on buying the Oval Office, from shunning Sheldon.

But stay tuned. To borrow a line from the Newt era and the Clinton scandals, “It would be irresponsible NOT to speculate!” Besides, this whole mess is bound to get pretty interesting before Election Day 2016. ‘Nuff said…



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

30 responses to Is One GOP Megadonor A Gangster?

  1. Anomaly 100 May 9th, 2015 at 4:20 pm


    • rg9rts May 9th, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Close……Jabba the Hutt

      • bpollen May 9th, 2015 at 7:44 pm

        Jabba the Butt…

    • Larry Schmitt May 9th, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      That can’t be right. Only poor black rioters are thugs. Didn’t Geraldo tell us himself?

      • Anomaly 100 May 9th, 2015 at 6:16 pm

        Well if Geraldo said so then I stand corrected:-)

        • Jeff Dickey May 10th, 2015 at 2:50 pm

          I’d rather sit, and be correct.

  2. Warman1138 May 9th, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Keep us posted doc.

  3. Jake May 9th, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Oh boy – not a word – not a single word on any of the Democratic-controlled media – how odd.

    • Buford2k11 May 10th, 2015 at 10:23 am

      because there ain’t no such animal…The MSM is captured and controlled by six corporations, and Murdoch owns a Propaganda Machine…hence the silence…Adelson only supports corrupt candidates, just like the Koch brothers….unless you really think that selling influence of OUR FUCKING GOVERNMENT is a good thing…Fox News is bad for your mental health, and wallet…

    • StoneyCurtisll May 10th, 2015 at 11:14 am

      “Democratic-controlled media”….

      been 18 hours, and I’m still waiting for the punch line to your joke…

  4. jasperjava May 9th, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Aren’t they ALL gangsters? The GOP is a death cult and a crime syndicate.

  5. StoneyCurtisll May 9th, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Who is that guy?..
    Is that Mo Green?

    • dave-dr-gonzo May 9th, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      I suspect that Adelson has mo’ green than did Mo Green.

      • StoneyCurtisll May 9th, 2015 at 10:43 pm

        Oh yeah..
        Enough “green” to buy candidates..(or at least have them groveling at his feet) for “Donations” in the 7 figure range.

  6. StoneyCurtisll May 9th, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Oh come on…
    Ya got nothin, nothin I say on on Sheldon (Mo Green) Adelson..

  7. Talkin_Truth May 9th, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks to the activist conservative SC justices, the GOP voter no longer gets to pick the party’s candidate. Yet, these dumb conservatives still think unlimited spending is good.

  8. John Tarter May 9th, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    He’s just like the Clinton’s are, a continuing criminal enterprise.

    • StoneyCurtisll May 9th, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Hey John…
      Happy Saturday evening amigo~!

    • dave-dr-gonzo May 9th, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Really? Because the last time I checked, Bill and Hillary’s foundation weren’t taking bribes from Asian gangsters that would chop your (probably diminutive) gonads off and stuff them in your piehole if you dared cross them.

      Also, “Clinton’s” with an apostrophe is possessive, not plural.

      You should really take the time to learn AMERICAN English, Tourette’s. I don’t think you are actually an American citizen. Or could it be that you are a victim of homeschooling?

  9. Suzanne McFly May 9th, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    You would think with all the money he has he would own an island somewhere and get that pasty white ass some color.

    • StoneyCurtisll May 10th, 2015 at 11:11 am

      I’m gonna guess…
      He owns an island somewhere…(no one wants to his “tanning on a beach”..:)
      Just the thought makes me gag…

      • Suzanne McFly May 10th, 2015 at 11:37 am

        You could see the sun reflecting off of that neon whiteness from neighboring planets.

        • StoneyCurtisll May 10th, 2015 at 12:36 pm

          in some other universe, they might identify it as a star…

          • Suzanne McFly May 10th, 2015 at 12:57 pm

            If they only knew what it really was lol.

  10. Jeff Dickey May 10th, 2015 at 12:39 am

    IIUC, Adelson’s corruption of American politics is merely a support activity for his corruption of Israeli politics; he wants to make sure that the US taxpayer-funded subsidies to Bibi and the Likudniks (not the doo-wop group) continues to increase, while playing the Israelis with the bogeyman of American money drying up should the Israeli regime fail to lurch ever rightward and more imperial. Bankrupting the man and slapping him in irons would do at least two nations a massive service.

  11. William May 10th, 2015 at 1:02 am

    So THAT’s what a 95 year old cabbage patch doll looks like eh?

  12. fahvel May 10th, 2015 at 2:56 am

    he’s at6 least a gangster in a gangster business – the politicians you all elect cover their gangsterizing by pretending that the voter’s welfare is their personal concern.

  13. StoneyCurtisll May 10th, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Sheldon Adelson is an example of extreme capitalism and how money/power can corrupt absolutely..
    He came from dirt poor (Ukranian/Jewish) immigrant parents,..

    He came up with a product in the early 60’s he called De-Ice- It, (water and methanol/ethanol) to de ice windshields..(and many other small business ventures)..
    Good start and the American way..

    By the 1970’s he had made a small fortune and went into the computer trade show business called COMDEX, which he sold for nearly a Billion dollars, his share was 500 Million dollars (1990’s)..(enough money to make anyone happy)..

    Then he went into the casino business..first Las Vegas and then overseas, and his net worth exploded to somewhere near 40 Billion dollars…

    Accumulating massive wealth is one thing, but all that money is now being used to buy political influence, news papers in Israel, and politicians and the republican party here at home..

    I’m all for making a living, I’m all for getting rich doing it..

    But when does it go from just being rich, to buying the system, the media, and influencing the politics our system?..

    I have no problem with Adelson having 10s of billions of dollars…
    I do have a problem with him attempting to buy our elections.

  14. Merlin May 10th, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Adelson is an addled crook, plain and simple.

  15. robert May 10th, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Is ONE political doner a gangster ?

    that’s like saying Is one gang member really an alter boy