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    GOP Donors for Immigration Reform: Sheldon Adelson, Paul Singer & More

    GOP Donors for Immigration Reform: Sheldon Adelson, Paul Singer & More

    by Ben Jacobs Jul 24, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

    House Republicans have stalled the Senate immigration compromise, but the big-ticket donors who bankrolled the 2012 GOP candidates are squarely behind reform. Ben Jacobs reports.

    What do major Republican donors like Sheldon Adelson and Paul Singer have in common with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi? They are all in favor of immigration reform.

    Tens of thousands of immigration-reform supporters march in the Rally for Citizenship outside the Capitol on April 10. Major Republican donors support immigration reform. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

    The Republican rank and file may be divided, and the prospects for the Senate’s immigration compromise in the House gloomy, but among the biggest donors to Republican causes in the 2012 cycle, there is overwhelming support for immigration reform. Many top Republican givers to the Romney campaign and to conservative super PACs are squarely behind immigration reform and only one, former Rick Santorum super PAC backer Foster Friess, is actively opposed. As former Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams told The Daily Beast, “a number of traditional Republican donors are speaking out in favor of immigration reform because they see this legislation as good for the party, but also good for the future of the country.” But these donors aren’t the usual RINOs and token Republicans lauded by the left. These are the guys who cut the checks to pay for tough negative ads.

    Singer, a hedge fund manager and major Romney donor who has been attacked as a “vulture capitalist” by ThinkProgress, has written a six-figure check to the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigration group. Bob Perry, who funded Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004 and spent nearly $25 million in 2012, was poised to be a strong advocate for immigration reform before he passed away in April at age 80.

    Even the ultimate liberal hate figure from the 2012 election, Adelson, who dumped more than $75 million into trying to defeat Barack Obama, is pro–immigration reform. In a December 2012 interview with The Wall Street Journal, the casino mogul said: “I’m pro–DREAM Act ... It would be inhumane to send those people back, to send 12 million people out of this country to disrupt a whole potpourri of family issues over what happens to the children. I mean, it’s all ridiculous. So we’ve got to find a way, find a route for those people to get legal citizenship.”

    The result is a coalition of strange bedfellows, but those on the left don’t seem to mind. It’s normal for “big bills to get supported by coalitions for diverse reasons,” said Jeff Hauser, a spokesman for the AFL-CIO. It’s a natural outcome when an issue “is so important, big, and complicated,” he added.
    “If the business community is going to put money into passing reform, they’re going to think twice about candidates that are blocking reform” in future elections.
    The sheer amount of financial firepower behind the immigration-reform bill could have real consequences for those Republicans who don’t fall into line. Ali Noorani, the head of the National Immigration Forum, told The Daily Beast, “If the business community is going to put money into passing reform, they’re going to think twice about candidates that are blocking reform” in future elections. The issue is becoming so important, he said, that “organizations and individuals that spend political dollars are looking at immigration as a threshold question” in future elections.

    But just because donors favor immigration reform doesn’t mean Republicans in Congress will follow. After all, Singer is strongly in favor of gay marriage, and Adelson supports “socialized medicine.” Neither of those causes are likely to gain traction among House Republicans any time soon.

    However, with the August recess approaching, those donors can be leveraged to pressure members of Congress who are spending the month out of Washington. As Williams points out, business leaders in individual communities have the ear of their members of Congress. Many employ a “significant number of people in districts across the country, and members will be hearing from them.” Such a strategy is crucial to future of the bill, said Noorani. The likelihood of immigration reform passing the House “really depends what type of political space that we can create in the month of August, if conservatives weigh in at a district level for immigration reform,” he said.

    After all, donors are important, but voters are even more important. Said Rick Tyler, the president of the Strategy Group for Media and a former spokesman for Newt Gingrich: “Remember, politicians don’t form parades, they jump in front of them, and there’s no big parade on immigration.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/24/gop-donors-for-immigration-reform-sheldon-adelson-paul-singer-more.html
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    Is it not interesting that when it comes to the mega rich, not your typical rich, but the really rich, rich, they may fight and insult each other but when it comes to a nation destroying mass immigration they are all in the septic tank for amnesty. There is something very strange when there is this overlap of left and right on the one critical issue -- amnesty. Like trapping the Queen in a game of Chess, amnesty is "Check Mate" for the conservative movement. How is it possible that many people who should be our natural allies are joining with our enemies to fight against us? Perhaps it is not as important to understand why people do what they do as it is to not assume that those who ought to be a friend will prove to be a real friend.

    It matters not what they may do for the 2nd. Amendment, family values, free enterprise or the Constitution, support for amnesty cancels out everything else they may have done. You can not be a patriot, or a conservative and for nation destroying mass amnesty.

    Although they are probably a minority, there are far too many conservatives and Tea Party people who still do not understand that. We need to persuade to make a united front and whenever any politician comes out for amnesty or will not promote laws that require illegal aliens to leave the country he is instantly dumped. We need to post to every right wing blog out there and carry that message.
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    It's me again. Remember the slogan that inspired the Founding Fathers: "Unite or Die," or the sage advice of Benjamin Franklin, "Either we all hang together or we will surely hang separately." Why is it that such an obvious truth needs to sold to other patriots?
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