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Megadonor Sheldon Adelson Rewards GOP Candidates in Tight Races Who Opposed Iran Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, with Miri and Sheldon Adelson at the inauguration of the Adelsons' School of Entrepreneurship, IDC Herzliya, Oct. 26, 2016. PHOTO: Haaretz/Ilan Assayag

A week after President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, Sheldon Adelson rewarded 5 GOP candidates who had adamantly opposed the deal

  • Three of them are also among the most vulnerable GOP candidates running in the midterm elections.
  • In May Adelson opened his wallet to Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller, Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock, California Rep. Mimi Walters, Utah Rep. Mia Love and the GOP candidate for Nevada’s 4th District, Cresent Hardy.

By Brian Schwartz | 25 June 2018

CNBC — A week after President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement, billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson rewarded five Republican candidates with campaign donations. They all had one thing in common: they had adamantly opposed the Obama-era agreement.

Three of them are also among the most vulnerable GOP candidates running in the midterm congressional elections.

Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller, Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock, California Rep. Mimi Walters, Utah Rep. Mia Love and Republican candidate for Congress in Nevada’s 4th District Cresent Hardy all received campaign contributions from Adelson in May, according to Federal Election Commission records.

The campaigns of Heller, Hardy and Love each received $5,400 while Comstock and Walters picked up $2,700 from Adelson, records show. Heller, Hardy and Comstock have received contributions from Adelson in the past while Love and Walters are first-time beneficiaries. […]

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