The Citizens United decision by the five conservatives on the Supreme Court in 2010 has allowed conservative billionaires to become kingmakers in our democracy.
Sheldon Adelson, one of the world's wealthiest people, in 2012 became the largest single donor to political causes in American history. His fortune is over $36 billion; he gave more than $100 million, made possible by the Supreme Court's rulings, to campaigns.
Adelson invited Republican presidential hopefuls to a late April weekend to what was called the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas. This event is often referred to as the “Sheldon Adelson Primary” because the invited Republicans are there to seek the blessing of Adelson and his nearly unlimited campaign riches by kowtowing to his national and international political views.
The person who can most closely parrot the litmus test given by his lordship will be Adelson's chosen one to carry his Republican banner for our presidency.
It behooves our people to know of a few things about kingmaker Adelson. One of his demands is unwavering support for Israel from all Republican candidates. Along with his casinos in Nevada and Macao, he also owns the Israeli HaYom, an Israeli daily newspaper that aided the election of Benjamin Netanyahu. He opposes a separate Palestinian state.
Adelson, because of his great wealth pays millions in taxes despite his tax loopholes, and yet some Republican candidates this year have called for eliminating the capital gains taxes which would give Mr. and Mrs. Adelson an additional $139 million in tax cuts.
It is extremely disconcerting that wealthy kingmakers like Sheldon Adelson are sucking the breath of life out of our democracy by expecting Republican presidential candidates to “kiss the ring“ of one man who expects the abeyance of whomever he anoints with his millions to act as he wants.