Adelson Backs Late Campaign to Turn Jewish Vote Against Obama
With hefty backing from billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson – the 800-lb gorilla of this year’s GOP megadonors — the conservative Republican Jewish Coalition is spending millions of dollars in four crucial states to cut into the Jewish vote that President Barack Obama won lopsidedly in 2008.
Last month the RJC jump-started an advertising and get-out-the-vote drive in Florida, Ohio, Nevada and Pennsylvania to sow doubts among Jewish voters about the president’s approach to Israeli security and the economy. The pro-Israel advocacy group has pledged to spend $6.5 million on the effort – its largest campaign to date.
The organization’s electoral game plan: Try to peel away a slice of the traditionally Democratic Jewish vote, 78 percent of which went for Obama in 2008, and woo some new Jewish voters to help Mitt Romney take the White House.
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