2018 Campaign Finance Disclosures Reveal Adelson-Led Super PAC Bankrolled Efforts to Prop Up Laxalt and to Squash Schwartz
American Integrity Project, a PAC devoted to eliminating Dan Schwartz’s primary challenge against Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt, received 100 percent of its 2017 contributions from a super PAC funded almost entirely by Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, Laxalt’s biggest benefactors.
On September 5, 2017, American Integrity Project senior advisor Brian Baker told the Review-Journal that the group had not received any money from Adelson. However, the PAC’s 2018 disclosure lists a single contribution -- that of $50,000 from Adelson’s Future45 super PAC -- on September 5.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“Adam Laxalt’s campaign for governor has been bought and paid for by Sheldon Adelson. Not only did Adelson and his wife each max out to Laxalt’s campaign, they also filtered money through a shadowy pro-Trump Washington super PAC that singularly funded a group devoted to taking out Laxalt’s opponent. Laxalt will clearly stop at nothing to get in the governor’s mansion so he can continue to do Adelson’s bidding.”
The Adelsons donated $20 million to pro-Trump super PAC Future45, representing 80 percent of the group’s total contributions in 2016.
On September 5, the day American Integrity Project received $50,000 from Future45, the Review-Journal reported that the American Integrity Project had launched a statewide ad campaign to squash Dan Schwartz’s bid. The ad attacked Schwartz on having not “spent much time in Nevada,” despite the fact that Laxalt has only lived in the state for the past six years.
Sheldon and Miriam Adelson each personally gave the maximum to Laxalt’s campaign in 2017, totaling $20,000.
Laxalt spent much of 2017 running from self-inflicted bad press after attempting to use his official capacity as attorney general to intervene in a lawsuit before the Gaming Control Board on behalf of Sheldon Adelson, which resulted in hearings on Laxalt’s unethical behavior in the state legislature.