Las Vegas casino mogul and Republican GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, who pumped a total of $30 million into super PACs
backing Newt Gingrich’s primary and Mitt Romney's presidential run
in 2012, is reportedly considering setting up his own super PAC for the 2016 White House race.
Adelson aide Andy Abboud told The New York Times
that Adelson has become increasingly cautious about shelling out to outside groups for big Republican races — and is thinking about how he could keep political spending in-house for congressional and presidential contests.
"We are evaluating all options, and we may fundamentally change how we engage in the process while staying true to our principles," Abboud told The Times, which reports that although Adelson is a generous contributor to pro-Israel groups and a moderate on social issues, he’s "inclined to be more cautious when engaging in the Republican primary."
"He’s very focused on picking someone who can win," an unnamed GOP strategist involved in discussions between Adelson and his inner circle told The Times.
"He wants to ensure whatever candidate he gets behind reflects that philosophy and can win the general election."
The news of Adelson’s possible super PAC plan was part of a Times story detailing how the GOP’s leading donors and fundraisers are beginning to discuss how to clear the field for a single "establishment candidate" who would be the party nominee in 2016.
The Times said three names of potential candidates have emerged: New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Romney.
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