Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson tells the Wall Street Journal that his political beliefs are somewhat misunderstood.
“Look, I’m basically a social liberal, I know nobody will believe that,” he said.
“Number one, I’m supporting stem-cell research ... I’m pro-choice ... I’m pro-Dream Act, I’m pro the Dream Act," Adelson told the paper. He added that he supported a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
“It would be inhumane to send those people back, to send 12 million people out of this country, to disrupt a whole potpourri of family issues,” he said.“I mean it’s all ridiculous. So we’ve got to find a way, find a route for those people to get legal citizenship.”
Perhaps most surprisingly: “And by the way I’m in favor of a socialized-like health care.”
A former Democrat, Adelson moved right after clashing with labor unions in Las Vegas. He's described President Obama's governance as a "path to more socialism, and to more of the government controlling people’s lives."
But Adelson, who has already been approached by some potential 2016 contenders for his support, plans to "double" his investment in the GOP next cycle, he told the Journal. His 2012 spending has been estimated by the Huffington Post at close to $150 million.