Last month, Las Vegas Sands doubled down on its commitment to free online casino slots gambling in Texas through a new political action committee armed with $2 million in spending. Formed last January, the Texas Sands PAC has already spent more than $500,000 on about three dozen House and Senate primaries.
PAC filed its first report with the Texas Ethics Commission last Tuesday, revealing the recipient and $2.3 million in initial funding from Miriam Adelson, the majority shareholder of Las Vegas Sands. Adelson is also the widow of Sheldon Adelson, former CEO of Las Vegas Sands and mega-donor to the Republican Party.
According to the report, the initial recipients of the GAC largesse are 30 representatives of both parties in the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as several candidates for open seats.
Cumulative donations ranged from $3,000 to $25,000, with larger amounts going to actors who are priorities for House Speaker Dade Phelan and his allies.
The GAC also gave $4,000 or $30,000 to Senate candidates, with larger sums going to candidates like Pete Flores.
Flores is Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s top priority, the one most opposed to the Las Vegas Sands efforts in Texas. The PAC also gave $75,000 to Gov. Greg Abbott, who is facing a group of active applicants.