Sheldon Adelson threatens libel lawsuit against DCCC

Sheldon Adelson, gaming magnate and major donor to Newt Gingrich and no Romney-supporting super Pacs, is threatening to sue the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for libel. Jonathan Easley of The Hill reports that the DCCC confirmed: "We just received and are reviewing Mr. Adelson's attorney's letter," DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson said in an email. Ferguson did not respond to a follow-up inquiry. In late June, the DCCC sent out a release alleging that prostitution money tied to Adelson helped fund the campaigns of Reps. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) and Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), as well as other GOP incumbents. The charge stems from a lawsuit filed by a former employee of Adelson's, who claimed that he personally approved of prostitution at one of his properties. Adelson denies the charges, and Politifact rated the claim as "Pants on Fire." "Immediately retract and apologize for defamatory statements falsely accusing Mr. Adelson of encouraging and profiting from prostitution,...(Read Full Post)