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JFK, Mitt Romney and "The Speech"

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Yeah, I know. Everyone is writing about it. But here is my take.

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December 4th, 2007 at 1:55 pm

Rudy Giuliani’s Casino Gambling Sugar Daddy

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The Daily News reports:

Rudy Giuliani is jetting around the country wooing Bible-thumping conservatives, but his plane is often provided by a king of Sin City.

The Republican presidential hopeful anted up more than $122,000 last summer alone for jets traceable to casino kingpin Sheldon Adelson, whose Las Vegas Sands empire has made him the third-richest American, a Daily News review of campaign records shows.

Last quarter, The Sands’ innocuously named Interface Operations LLC was the top provider of corporate jets to the frequently flying Giuliani, who was whisked around the country on the casino’s plush Gulfstream G-IV in late August and early September, records show.

“You have to follow the money and ask, ‘Why is Sheldon Adelson partnering with Rudy Giuliani?'” asked Stacey Cargill, an anti-gambling and Republican Party activist in Iowa, where the nation’s first presidential caucus is set for Jan. 3.

Cargill, who views even legal gambling as a magnet for crime and vice, said, “If Rudy Giuliani wants to be the crimefighting candidate, why is he partnering with a large and growing gambling empire?”

But airplane rides around the country are not the only thing Giuliani has recieved from the casino kingpin:

Last month, Adelson… held a Giuliani fund-raiser at his Venetian casino in Las Vegas.

High-rollers who agreed to raise $25,000 for Giuliani’s presidential bid got a special treat – cigars with the former mayor.

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November 18th, 2007 at 8:58 pm