Adelsons Go `West’ in Florida With $1 Million to Back Tea Party Favorite

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., left, and his wife Miriam stand in front of a model of the company's Marina Bay Sands resort and casino during its grand opening, in Singapore.

Sheldon and Miriam Adelson continue to operate as a veritable political ATM — the Las Vegas-based casino executive and his wife recently funneled $500,000 apiece to help one of the most controvesial of Tea Party-backed Republicans, Representative Allen West of Florida.

The combined $1 million contribution went to the Treasure Coast Jobs Coalition, a super-political action committee backing West, an African-American and 22-year Army veteran elected to the House as part of his party’s political tsunami in 2010. West has shown a penchant for grabbing headlines with such lines as referring to the Democratic Party as a “21st century plantation,” and saying President Barack Obama would rather Americans “be his slave and be economically dependent upon him.”

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates West in a tossup race for re-election against Democrat Patrick Murphy in a district that includes part of Palm Beach County.

The Adelsons gave $10 million earlier this month to Restore Our Future, bringing their donations to the super-PAC promoting Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy to $20 million. Before Romney locked down the Republican nomination, the couple donated $15 million to the super-PAC backing former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the party’s presidential race.

Your gambling dollars at work.

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