Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, among the top donors to the Republican machine this election, is also now the top giver – along with his wife – to the New Jersey congressional race of the reality-TV rabbi, Shmuley Boteach.
Mr. Adelson, who runs the Las Vegas Sands international gaming empire, and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, who runs the Adelson drug clinic, have each given $250,000, or $500,000 total, to a new independent super PAC called the Patriot Prosperity PAC, according to people close to the Adelsons and the PAC.
Patriot Prosperity is supporting Mr. Boteach, who is running as a Republican, against eight-term Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. in a newly redrawn district in northern New Jersey.
Rabbi Shmuley, as his website calls him, is well-known in the New York-New Jersey area. Newsweek has named him one of the 50 most influential rabbis in the U.S.
“I treasure the Adelsons’ support. They are among the most generous and sophisticated political donors in the country,” said Mr. Boteach in a statement through his spokesman. The Adelsons previously have given directly to Mr. Boteach’s campaign. The $500,000 donation to the new super PAC “is a game-changer, and I suspect there will be many more like it,” said Mr. Boteach.
Mr. Boteach and Mr. Adelson, who are friends, are both acquaintances with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to people who know Mr. Boteach and Mr. Adelson. On New Jersey primary day in June, Mr. Boteach was in Israel for his sister in law’s wedding – where he had a private meeting with Mr. Netanyahu, according to an article Mr. Boteach wrote for Huffington Post.
Mr. Adelson, who owns a conservative newspaper in Israel, encouraged Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to go to Israel last month, where Mr. Romney met with Mr. Netanyahu.
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