GOP casino multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson wants to buy the Senate for the Republican Party, and he has enough money to do it by himself.
If you had a big, high-stakes project, think an extra $1 million a day might help?
Well, leading GOP sources focused on 2014 Senate races say such a boost is being contemplated by GOP megadonor Sheledon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino mogul.
Adelson has spent some time of late studying the map, and receiving briefings on state-by-state strategy and candidates. And he is promising to help Republicans target a dozen seats now held by Democrats, with the ultimate goal of picking up at least six - and the Senate majority. The GOP also is defending seats in Georgia and Kentucky.
So watch in the days and weeks ahead to see how much of a Senate play Adelson is prepared to make. One of the sources involved said it could be as much as $100 million. With 107 days to the election from Sunday, that would be an eye-popping bet.
Adelson is worth $35.9 billion. Him giving $100 million to the GOP to win the Senate is equivalent of you having $3,590 in your bank account and you giving $10 to your favorite candidate. And thanks to the Supreme Court, both are considered to be equal expressions of freedom of political speech.
Only in America is $100 million considered to be equivalent to ten bucks as far as impact on our political system.
Common sense would dictate a person spending $100 million to buy Senate races would expect that much in return in political favors, if not more. But that's not corruption or bribery, it's "free speech".
This is our new political reality.