Casino mogul and political donor Sheldon Adelson dead at 87

He was top among all political donors in the 2012, 2018 and 2020 election cycles. It was as the second-highest donor in 2016, however, that Adelson may have had his greatest influence. After sitting out the Republican primaries, in May 2016 he called on the party’s biggest donors to support Donald Trump’s candidacy. It heralded the Republican establishment’s at-first grudging acceptance of Trump’s political rise.