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h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson has a history of illegal behavior and controversial comments — facts that were left out of mainstream print reporting on GOP candidates trying to win his favor last week.

The Republican Jewish Coalition met March 27-29 in Las Vegas, and the event was dubbed the “Adelson Primary" as GOP presidential hopefuls used the meeting to fawn over magnate Sheldon Adelson. Adelson is the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., a casino and resort operating firm, who reportedly spent nearly $150 million attempting to buy the 2012 election with donations to a super PAC aligned with Mitt Romney and other outside groups (including Karl Rove’s American Crossroads). Before switching allegiance to Romney, Adelson had donated millions to Newt Gingrich. He has also given generously in the past to super PACs associated with a variety of Republican politicians, including Scott Walker, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, George W. Bush, and Eric Cantor.

Hoping to benefit from Adelson’s largesse, potential 2016 Republican candidates including Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush gathered at Adelson’s casino to “kiss the ring.”

While Republicans’ efforts to court Adelson made big news in print media over the past week, none of the articles mentioning Adelson in The New York Times, Washington PostPolitico, or The Wall Street Journal mentioned that he has come under investigation for illegal business practices, including bribery, or his history of extreme remarks.

A search of the Nexis and Factiva databases from March 24 to March 31 turned up several articles in the papers ­mentioning the billionaire, none of which mentioned Adelson’s checkered past. The New York Times called Adelson “one of the Republican Party’s most coveted and fearsome moneymen” and detailed his current fight against online gambling, while The Washington Post's March 25 preview of the event simply reported that Adelson was “driven by what he has said he sees as Obama’s socialist agenda. He is a fierce opponent of organized labor and is currently embroiled in a fight to ban online gambling.”

In 2012, Adelson’s corporation came under three different investigations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), an anti-bribery statute. Additionally, the Times reported at the time that several of the company’s subsidiaries also “came under investigation by Chinese regulators.”

Adelson allegedly attempted to bribe the Chief Executive of Macau, where a substantial portion of his casino business was located, and reportedly instructed Sands Corp. to bribe a Macau legislator with about $700,000 in “legal fees.” (ProPublica reported that “several Las Vegas Sands executives resigned or were fired after expressing concerns” about the fee.) A former Sands Corp. executive also alleged that Adelson fired him after he refused to engage in illegal activity and protested the presence of Chinese organized crime syndicates in Sands’ Macau casinos.

Adelson initially insisted that he was being unfairly targeted, but Sands Corp.’s own audit committee ultimatelyadmitted there were “likely violations” of the anti-bribery law. And in August 2013, Sands Corp. agreed to pay the federal government more than $47 million in a settlement to resolve a separate money-laundering investigation, in which the casinos were accused of “accepting millions from high-rolling gamblers accused of drug trafficking and embezzlement.”

Adelson has been described as a “fervent Zionist” for his opposition to any Palestinian state, and his hatred of Islam goes so far that he has said ”You don’t have to worry about using the word ‘Islamo-fascism’ or ‘Islamo-terrorist,’ when that’s what they are. Not all Islamists are terrorists, but all the terrorists are Islamists.” He has suggested that all Palestinians “teach their children that Jews are descended from swine and apes, pigs and monkeys,” and said that “all they want to do is kill” Jews.

As Rick Perlstein has noted in Rolling Stone, Adelson is also vociferously opposed to unions. In 1999, when Adelson built a new casino, he failed to pay so many of his contractors that they filed a whopping 366 liens against the property, in addition to filing complaints with stage agencies and the FBI. When the new casino eventually opened, union workers protested outside — and Adelson twice demanded that police arrest the peaceful protestors (emphasis added):

Adelson told the cops to start making arrests; the cops refused. Glen Arnodo, an official at the union at the time, relates what happened next: “I was standing on the sidewalk and they had two security guards say I was on private property, and if I didn’t move they’d have to put me under ‘citizen’s arrest.’ I ignored them.” The guards once again told the police to arrest Arnodo and again, he says, they refused. The Civil Rights hero Rep. John Lewis, in town to support the rally, said the whole thing reminded him of living in the South during Jim Crow.

Afterwards, Adelson went so far as to allegedly attempt to pay off a hospital when it announced it would honor the head of the Vegas hotel workers union.

Adelson told The Wall Street Journal that the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill which would allow workers to unionize a workplace with majority sign-up, was “one of the two fundamental threats to society.” The other was radical Islam.

If print outlets are going to devote space to the fight among Republicans to win Adelson’s favor (and money), they owe it to readers to give a more accurate picture of the man holding the wallet.  

h/t: HANNAH GROCH-BEGLEY at MMFA

h/t: Igor Volsky at Think Progress Health

Mitt Romney/Scott Walker/Nikki Haley-wannabe Bruce Rauner is going to lose big time to Quinn in November. 

h/t: Huffington Post

Bruce Rauner is NOT what Illinois needs! 

h/t: Daniel Strauss at TPM LiveWire

Sherman is right on with the statement that Romney’s 2012 General Election War Room basically being run by Fox and RWNJ Talk Radio.

From the 01.14.2014 edition of CNN’s Piers Morgan Live:

Believe it or not, Fox is still attacking MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry for joking about Mitt Romney’s African American grandson. So who did Sean Hannity present as an arbiter of taste and sensitivity on the subject? None other than hatemongermurder fantasizer and serial voter fraud suspect, Ann Coulter. She showed her sensitivity alright – by saying that black people don’t live in New York apartments, because of “all the rich people.” And announcing that liberals have to invent racism because “There is more cholera in America than there is racism.” And more.

Earlier today, I pointed out that Coulter has previously joked – on the Fox Nation website, no less – about killing Meghan McCain.  Coulter also suggested on Fox News, “Maybe it’s time to…go after the Obama children.” Apparently, in Hannity’s world, it’s comments like that that make her qualified to judge Harris-Perry.

Unlike Coulter, Harris-Perry has profusely apologized for her comments. But not only was that not good enough for Mr. and Ms. Good Taste (Fox style), they actually used Harris-Perry’s apology to slime her further.

Hannity played the clip of Harris-Perry’s apology. He described it disparagingly as “weepy, weepy” because she teared up as she offered it. “Now is that dedicated to the goodness or dedicated to saving one’s job?” Hannity sneered.

Coulter joked that the sincerity came from “a heartfelt email from her boss.” She and Hannity chuckled heartily. A photo of Harris-Perry’s face remained on the screen with big letters that read: “CRYING TIME.” Later, Coulter scoffed, “I think she was really crying after she just saw her fourth quarter ratings at MSNBC.”

Hannity complained about MSNBC, “This race obsession over there!” Coulter cackled. However, I doubt she was laughing at the blatant hypocrisy of Hannity jeering at anyone else’s race obsession. This is the guy who hosts the go-to show for race baiting African Americans, who jumps to defend just about any white person in trouble for racial remarks, who pals around with a black guy who thanks God for slavery and formerly palled around with a white supremacist who said that if it weren’t for slavery, “black people would still be swinging on trees in Africa.”

Yes, THAT Hannity was making a federal case out of Harris-Perry’s stupid, brief joke for which she has apologized both on air and off.

But not to be undone in the hypocrisy department, Coulter announced, Harris-Perry “apologized for making fun of children. Yes, liberals always do that to conservatives… for sport. And it is an ugly thing when they go after the children.” I guess maybe Harris-Perry should have just joked about murdering Romney’s grandson. Then she could have gotten an entire segment of Hannity rehab!

“This was making fun of a child for his skin color,” Coulter continued self-righteously. Then, less than a minute later, she made fun of African Americans based on their skin color. Complaining that Mitt Romney had been accused of racism when he used the word “apartment” “because black people live in apartments,” Coulter added, “But not in New York, with all the rich people.” She giggled maliciously.

Of course, Hannity didn’t have a problem with it.

But Coulter wasn’t through with her special brand of racial insight. She now declared that racism is dead:

(Racism) was just about gone in this country and then (liberals) needed to start playing it again to promote the left-wing, the most left-wing president the country has ever seen, Barack Obama. And there’s been an explosion.

I mean if you had a graph of racism sightings, it was through the roof until the O.J. verdict and then, basically, completely disappeared. Between O.J. and Giuliani and Bill O’Reilly on this network going after Jesse Jackson repeatedly. It just went away!

It didn’t work anymore. It was like a subway token that didn’t open the gate anymore. And when Obama came back, wow, it just exploded again. But unfortunately for liberals, there is no racism in America. There is more cholera in America than there is racism. But they have to invent it.

Hannity chimed in: “It was a question in 2008, would America elect a black president? And you know what? America elected a black president twice!”


h/t:  Ellen at Newshounds.us

Harris-Perry began her show by addressing last weekend’s segment, during which a pair of panelists cracked jokes about the child’s race after a photo of the Romney clan was shown on screen. The host actually called Kieran Romney “gorgeous” during the segment and she said Saturday that she “intended to say positive and celebratory things” about the photo.

"But whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive and showing the photo in that context of the segment was poor judgment," Harris-Perry said. "So, without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family."

Harris-Perry then fought back tears as she offered an apology to “other families who have formed through trans-racial adoption.”

"On this program, we are dedicated to advocating for a wide diversity of families," she said. "It is one of our core principles and I am reminded that when we are doing so it must always be with the utmost respect."

Harris-Perry apologized earlier in the week on Twitter and said that as a “black child born into large white Mormon family,” she identified with the Romneys. Mitt Romney is expected to weigh-in on the controversy when he appears on Fox News Channel on Sunday morning.

From the 01.04.2014 edition of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry:

H/T: TPM

Steven “Laser” Haas is the owner and sole shareholder of Collateral Logistics Inc. (CLI) the firm which was retained to oversee the liquidation of assets in the bankruptcy of eToys in 2001. 

During the process of liquidating the company Haas came across irregularities, unethical practices and outright criminal acts originating from the top at Bain Capital (Mitt Romney’s asset management firm), Goldman Sachs, Kay Bee Toys and Stage Stores, all of which were involved in the machinations to sell eToys for mere pennies to Bain through its interest in Kay Bee. Haas filed his suit under a provision of the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) statute which allows a plaintiff to become a “Private Attorney General” when it is necessary in order to address “Prosecutorial Gaps.”  According to Haas, that gap was created by Colm F. Connolly, former United States Attorney in Delaware who had been a partner in the law firm of  Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell (MNAT) in 2001, alleging he had failed to disclose that fact while also neglecting to investigate the complaints which Haas had lodged. 

Along with Romney, Haas has named Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital, Michael Glazer Barry Gold and Paul Traub in the suit. Haas has claimed that he has evidence that the parties involved have committed perjury on 35 separate occasions — even alleging that there have been murders carried out in attempts to cover up their wrong doing. His $100 million suit is intended to recover some of the losses incurred by the victims of the unethical and illegal actions of those involved in the chicanery and who reaped handsome profits from the deal. 

h/t: AATTP

h/t: Josh Israel at Think Progress LGBT

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Olbermann was reacting Tuesday to an apology from MSNBC commentator Melissa Harris-Perry over a segment that mocked Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson, Kieran.

"Any adults in charge over there?" Olbermann tweeted.

When one of his Twitter followers argued that the “GOP only likes freedom of speech when it applies to them,” Olbermann, who became a hero to liberals and an enemy to conservatives during his time at MSNBC, stood by his criticism.

"Not the point. You can have your standards, or their standards," he responded.

Olbermann, now with ESPN, left MSNBC in 2011 after his relationship with the cable news channel had deteriorated. The tension between Olbermann and his MSNBC colleagues was palpable during a pair of awkward moments at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

On the opening night of the convention, Olbermann dismissed conservative pundit Joe Scarborough’s claim that Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) campaign was revitalized.

"Jesus, Joe, why don’t you get a shovel?" Olbermann could be heard saying off-screen, prompting a stunned a reaction from Scarborough.

The next night, Olbermann had another on-air tiff after he indicated that his hosting partner Chris Matthews was talking too much.

Scarborough took a thinly-veiled swipe at Olbermann in his latest book, “The Right Path,” but when asked by TPM about the dig, Scarborough largely praised Olbermann’s sportscasting chops.

Harris-Perry apologized Tuesday after drawing heavy criticism for the segment on Romney’s grandson. Her mea culpa came weeks after Martin Bashir resigned from MSNBC over remarks he made about Sarah Palin and about a month after Alec Baldwin departed the channel following a homophobic rant directed at paparazzi.

h/t: Matt Wilstein at Mediaite

Brutal offshore Christian reform school exposed in new documentary (via Raw Story )

“Kidnapped for Christ” is a new documentary that tells the story of teenagers sent to an evangelical Christian boarding school outside the U.S. where school personnel attempt to rid them of feelings of same sex attraction or other “ungodly”…