Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson gives $100,000 to support L.A. County supervisor candidate
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has given $100,000 to an independent committee supporting Elan Carr, a candidate for Los Angeles County supervisor, according to campaign finance disclosures.
Adelson, chief executive of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and now-owner of the Las Vegas Review Journal, gave $100,000 last month to the committee, Safe Neighborhoods Supporting Elan Carr for Los Angeles Board of County Supervisors 5th District 2016.
Adelson is a prolific Republican donor and one of the richest people in the United States, with Forbes pegging his net worth at $26.6 billion.
Carr, a gang prosecutor with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, is one of eight candidates on the ballot to replace retiring Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Five of the eight, including Carr, are Republicans.
As of last month’s campaign finance filing deadline, Carr had raised about $950,000, putting him fourth in funds raised, behind Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander, Antonovich chief of staff Kathryn Barger and state Sen. Bob Huff.
The independent committee formed to support his bid has brought in about $130,000, including the Adelson contribution.
Carr’s campaign consultant, John Thomas, said Adelson and Carr know each other and added, “Sheldon does have a home in Malibu and cares about the direction of L.A. County and wants it to be a safe place to live.”
Adelson also contributed to Carr’s unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2014.
Carr, like Adelson, has ties to Israel. Carr is the son of Israeli immigrants and served as an advisor to Israel’s Ministry of Justice in setting up the country’s first public defender’s office. Adelson owns Israel Today, a right-wing Israeli newspaper.
A spokesman for Adelson could not be immediately reached for comment on the contribution.
Other candidates in the race have received substantial support from independent expenditure committees.
Unions representing county firefighters and sheriff’s deputies have given $1.2 million to an outside committee supporting Barger, while an independent committee supporting Englander has raised about $350,000 from construction trade unions, developers and others.
The other candidates running for Antonovich’s seat are former Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, a Republican; and three Democrats: entrepreneur and former former White House Office of Management and Budget staffer Darrell Park, Palmdale-area real estate investor Raj Pal Kahlon, and Altadena Town Council member Billy Malone.
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