Sheldon Adelson and his family have financed $11 million of the total $13.1 million raised by Winning Our Future, Newt Gingrich’s Super PAC. And he said he may give $100 million more. Sheldon Adelson is a Las Vegas casino mogul (owns the Venetian) with a net worth of about $25 billion, so $100 million is pocket change. The Huffington Post calculated that he made $3.3 million an hour assuming a 40-hour work week, making $7 billion in total.
In an interview from February 21, 2012, Adelson said of wealthy people influencing our elections, “…as long as it’s doable I’m going to do it”. This is what the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court has given us.