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Cash fuels Florida GOP politics


Florida state politics are fueled with cash. Rick Scott proved that statewide elections can be bought when he used $70-plus million of his own money to come out of nowhere to win the governor’s race. GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich doesn’t have that kind of cash, but he does have Sheldon Adelson who made two $5 million contributions to the Super PAC backing his campaign—the largest known contributions to a political contribution in U.S. history, according to those who track such things.

Adelson is described by AP as a “megabillionaire casino mogul.” He owns the Las Vegas Sands Corp.–which was wants to build a destination casino in south Florida, is under federal investigation and whose lobbyists have been working hard and buying influence in Tallahassee.

The Sands’ lobbyists are the ones who may have cost Escambia County sheriff’s candidate John Powell his state job when they tried to throw last September a fundraiser for him.

I’m getting calls from media friends in New York and D.C. curious about how Adelson’s cash will be used to aid Newt. Today I will be on The John Bachelor Show (WABC-NY) at 8:30 pm and will help analyze the primary.