Billionaires and poxymorons

By Laurie Bennett

July 3, 2012 at 9:16am

It’s time to add a new word to the campaign lexicon.

Poxymoron - A contradictory phrase used in political contexts. Often designed for public spin.

The prime current example is the “grassroots movement funded by Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers.” This is the jumbo shrimp of the 2012 election.

Citing unnamed sources, Politico and CBS say casino billionaire Adelson has pledged $10 million to the anti-Obama campaign being financed by oil billionaires Charles and David Koch.

Sheldon Adelson
Sheldon Adelson

Adelson has already poured millions of dollars into 2012 election, single-handedly sustaining the final weeks of Newt Gingrich’s failed candidacy.

He reportedly sent Andy Abboud, vice president of government relations for Las Vegas Sands, to make the new commitment during a Koch-organized meeting of conservative funders.

To cement their poxymoronic status during the session, the Kochs also revealed a new candidate training program called the “Grassroots Institute.”

The new program will complement the work of Americans for Prosperity, another Koch-funded enterprise that has organized rallies and financed ad campaigns attacking President Obama on such issues as health care reform and energy policy.

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