The Madeleine Brand Show for February 13, 2012

A look at two Jewish billionaires with opposing political views

Sheldon Adelson

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Chairman of US-based firm Sands Las Vegas, as well as Sands China, Sheldon Adelson.

Unprecedented amounts of money are flowing into 2012 political races at all levels.

Newt Gingrich is in Pasadena, Calif. Monday morning, trying to raise money. He'll spend a few days in the Golden State fundraising. Gingrich's most prominent backer is Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas billionaire who is very close to the Israeli government.

Haim Saban is also a Jewish billionaire, but he's a big supporter of Democrats. He supported Hillary Clinton in the last election and gave $9.3 million to Democratic committees in 2002. He also has close ties to the Israeli government.

Shmuel Rosner is an Israeli journalist who writes for the Jewish Journal. He shares his thoughts on how Adelson and Saban will shape the election.

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