A little over a year after Republican Sen. Dean Heller broke his promise to Nevadans and voted to take away health care from his constituents, he will be getting a substantial reward in his re-election bid from none other than casino billionaire and GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, who also maxed out to Heller earlier this year.
- Last summer, Adelson contacted Heller “to complain about his opposition to the Republican-written health overhaul.” Adelson was unhappy with the senator and it was reported that “their relationship needed some repair work.”
- Weeks later, Heller betrayed Nevadans and sold out their health care. Then he helped craft a bill that gave Adelson’s company a $670 million tax break in the first three months of 2018.
- Yesterday, it was revealed that Adelson gave a whopping $25 million to McConnell’s Super PAC, the group that said they would be Heller’s “biggest independent supporter” in 2018. The group announced they planned to spend at least $11.2 million in ads to prop up Heller.
- Today, McConnell’s Super PAC placed a new TV ad buy in Nevada, channeling Adelson’s money directly into supporting Heller.
Nevada Democratic State Party spokesperson Sarah Abel made the following statement on Adelson’s reward:
“This is what it looks like when a politician gets bought off and sells out his constituents in our current campaign finance system. While Nevadans continue to worry about their access to life-saving and affordable health care, Sen. Heller continues to be showered with Super PAC money funded by GOP mega-donors.”