Just say no to Sheldon Adelson

When asked by Gambling Compliance’s Tony Batt if he intended to pursue any gambling-related legislation during his final few months in Congress, Reid said, “I, personally, don’t plan on doing anything.”

Reid went on to link the bill to Sheldon Adelson, and speculated that its congressional support is built on campaign donations.

“It’s interesting to me it came about when Adelson gave $20m to the Republican Senate,” Reid said of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) bill introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and the recent donation by Adelson to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) PAC.

“So I think it’s possible that [Adelson’s contribution] could have had something to do with [RAWA],” Reid told GC.

Reid has an on-again-off-again relationship with Adelson, who is diametrically opposed to Reid on the political spectrum but looms large in Reid’s home state of Nevada. This has created a strange dynamic between the two, with Reid alternately criticizing and defending Adelson.