Casino Billionaire’s Newspaper Backs Rubio as Republican Candidate

jim coulson
Written by Jim Coulson
Published on Tuesday 9th February 2016, 10:36 am
Posted in: Casino Management

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A newspaper under the ownership of billionaire Las Vegas casino boss Sheldon Adelson has backed Florida senator Marco Rubio in the race to decide the Republican presidential candidate for the forthcoming election. The Las Vegas Review-Journal was acquired by the chairman of the Las Vegas Sands casino corporation late last year, although the 82-year-old initially tried to disguise his involvement in the takeover before being outed in mid-December.

Nevada’s Republican caucus takes place on Tuesday 23rd February and the LVRJ ran a piece on Friday endorsing Rubio, a key sponsor of the anti-online gambling Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) bill proposed by Adelson. However, the newspaper went to great lengths to distance itself from the magnate, insisting its patronage “does not represent the support of the [Adelson] family”.

Rubio has been seen as courting Adelson’s backing during the campaign so far, with his attachment to RAWA proving controversial in some Republican circles due to the fact it would overrule the rights of the individual states to make their own decisions on the subject. The 44-year-old from Miami, who has been mocked for constantly repeating himself in recent debates and speeches, has however deviated from the Adelson party line, announcing last autumn he would consider exempting online poker from the bill.

Adelson spent more than $100 million on the Republican campaign in 2012 to no avail and some are accusing the man in control of world-famous Vegas haunts The Venetian and The Palazzo of trying a different tack by using the journalism of the LVRJ as his mouthpiece. Reports emerged last week that the paper had seen its publisher and editor changed almost overnight, with the new regime insisting on Adelson-related stories being reviewed and adapted before publication.

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