Daily Israel Report

Adelsons Give $500,000 Boost to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is among the top donors to New Jersey congressional candidate rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 8/21/2012, 11:32 AM

Sheldon Adelson
Sheldon Adelson
Reuters

Sheldon G. Adelson, the billionaire casino owner who has emerged as one of the largest Republican donors, is now also among the top donors to New Jersey congressional candidate and Orthodox rabbi, Shmuley Boteach, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Adelson, who runs the Las Vegas Sands international gaming empire, together with his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, who runs the Adelson drug clinic, have donated $500,000 to a new independent super PAC called the Patriot Prosperity PAC.

Patriot Prosperity is supporting Boteach, who is running as a Republican, against eight-term Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. in a newly redrawn district in northern New Jersey.

Author of “Kosher Sex” and host of the television show “Shalom in the Home,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach made Newsweek’s list of the 50 most influential rabbis in the U.S.

“I treasure the Adelsons’ support. They are among the most generous and sophisticated political donors in the country,” Boteach said in a statement released by his spokesman.

The $500,000 donation to the new super PAC “is a game-changer, and I suspect there will be many more like it,” Boteach said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Adelsons have recently given $10 million to the super PAC Restore Our Future, which supports Mr. Romney. Adelson has also announced that he is willing to donate as much as $100 million to conservative causes and candidates in order to defeat President Barack Obama.