The wife of anti-online gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson had her purse fall on top of a Congressman during a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in what many are observing is symbolic of his buying of votes to destroy online gambling.
Mrs. Adelson's purse landed on Nebraska Representative Brad Ashford, who is sponsoring the Restoration of America's Wire Act Bill, which would outlaw every form of online gambling in the United States. Her husband Sheldon Adelson is the driving force behind pushing the bill to be passed, having donated millions of dollars to politicians who back up his support for the bill.
Commenting on the incident Washington Post Blogger Al Karmen said, "The [RAWA] bill, introduced in early February, would ban most online gambling. Adelson - the owner of Las Vegas Sands, the company behind the Venetian casino-hotel in Vegas and others in the United States and abroad - has been wielding his influence to get congressional backers because Internet betting threatens his casino customer base. The federal government has left it up to the states, but, curiously, some Republicans think it should be regulated by the feds."
"Many conservative Republicans, however, say it should remain a states’- rights issue. It’s a complicated area for the GOP, considering that Adelson and his wife contributed almost $6 million to federal candidates and committees in the 2014 midterms and ranked eighth among individual donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics."
"For Ashford, it won’t be purse strings that connect him to the Adelsons. It will just be a purse."