of Sheldon Adelson
Mr. Adelson as a pimp"
Sheldon and Miriam Adelson
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
July 23, 2012
LAS VEGAS - Born the son of a Boston cab
driver in 1933, Sheldon Adelson's rags to riches story became the epitome
of the American Dream. Today, Adelson is listed in the Forbes 400 as the
eighth wealthiest American. His personal wealth is estimated to be $24.9
billion, and to the dismay of many, Adelson is a political activist.
Adelson's name first appeared on the Vegas
scene as the brains behind the COMDEX computer convention that soon became
Las Vegas' biggest trade show and gathering. Needing more space for his
shows, Adelson bought the Sands Convention Center and in doing so offended
the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor's Authority which governs the publicly
owned Las Vegas Convention Center. His action caused the first of many
skirmishes with local politicians who believed they had the only stronghold
on our town's lucrative convention business.
Unfazed by local politics, Adelson realized
he needed rooms to house his convention's attendees, so he bought the land
adjacent to his private convention center that was once the site of the
iconic Sands Hotel. There he built the Venetian Hotel and later the Palazzo.
He also became a generous contributor to local, state, and federal political
In 2007, Adelson opened the $2.4 billion
Venetian in Macao, China.
As a life long Las Vegan, I've watched
Adelson from a distance, but am most interested in his political views
and philanthropic endeavors. Since going into the LV hotel business, Adelson
has given free accommodations and generous monetary donations to the families
and members of the United
States military. Venetian and Palazzo staff are instructed to give
comped military personnel and their families royal treatment.
Adelson maintains a low profile during
his philanthropic efforts, and seldom have I seen his name in the local
news for his charitable deeds. However, his largesse in Republican political
campaigns has become the stuff of legend.
Adelson is heavily involved in the 2012
presidential election. In 2011, Adelson was joined by fellow casino
owners Donald Trump and Steve Wynn in support of GOP nominees for president.
Wynn has escaped criticism for his political views. Trump has been heavily
criticized for his. But so far, only Adleson has been criticized in a way
that may have crossed the line of legality.
(Lewis R. Clayton is a partner in the New York law firm
PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND, WHARTON & GARRISON LLP)
I personally know the pain that being falsely
accused can cause a person or his family.
Political campaigns can inspire desperate
acts to discourage certain types of people from participating in the political
process. Up until a precedent setting Nevada Supreme Court decision established
case law on December 29,1998, public figures were usually not afforded
the same protection against libel and defamation as private citizens. I
am responsible for filing the lawsuit that gave public figures the right
to sue those who defame them.
After reading his letter, few doubt Adelson
will hesitate filing a lawsuit in the event his demands are refused. Litigation
is often the only deterrent to false and malicious personal attacks during
Supreme Court of Nevada.
Steve MILLER, Appellant, v. Jan Laverty JONES, Respondent.
December 29, 1998