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Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has turned Charles and David Koch into his favorite punching bags this year, repeatedly dinging the billionaire brothers for bankrolling GOP interests. Yet in an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd Thursday, Reid offered a puzzling pronouncement: Sure the Kochs are bad, but Sheldon Adelson, another GOP mega-donor, is A-okay.
"I know Sheldon Adelson," Reid said. "He's not in this for money."
The Kochs, he explained, "are in it to make money" and to "add zeros to their billions," whereas Adelson is "in it because he has certain ideological views."
Adelson has donated millions of dollars as part of an effort to ban internet gambling, something that would directly threaten his bottom line. And there was much speculation in 2012 that Adelson — who dropped $90 million on the election — did so in hopes of putting business-friendly Republicans in Congress and the White House.
Adelson also happens to be from Reid's home state, so draw whatever conclusions you may want to from that.- -
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