Sheldon Adelson chairman and CEO, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Nevada, one of the wealthiest men in America, may be putting in place the structure for spending millions of dollars in independent expenditures in the 2014 elections. A new filing indicates money has moved from one of his 2012 super PACs to a new non-profit corporation in another state.
During 2011-2012 Adelson and his wife and companies contributed over $90 million to various committees. One of his vehicles was Independence Virginia PAC, a super PAC, spent $4,921,410 against U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine D-Va.. Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corporation contributed $4 million to the super PAC.
Independence Virginia PAC, whose treasurer was Paul Bennecke, filed a termination report on Friday that showed it paid Jenson Strategic Partners of Atlanta, Georgia, $10,000 on 3/20, and transferred the $41,706 in remaining funds on 4/30 to Rise and Shine America Inc., a non-profit organization, in Johns Creek, Georgia.
The organizer and registered agent for Jenson Strategic Partners is Paul Bennecke. Bennecke was the political director for State Senator Sonny Perdue’s successful race for Governor in Georgia. The limited liability company was formed in 2013.
Rise and Shine America Inc. has a registered agent listed as Douglas Chalmers Jr, of Johns Creek, Ga. The chief executive officer is listed as Harry “Chip” Lake III of Atlanta, Ga. Chalmers, a Republican, of Political Law Group, specializes in federal and state political law and tax-exempt organizations. He previously was at McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP. He also held an appointed Board position under Gov. Sonny Perdue. Another lawyer at the firm, Rebecca Sullivan, served as Executive Counsel to Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Independence Virginia PAC also paid Red Clay Strategies of Atlanta, Georgia, $62,545 in 2012 for solicitation and fundraising expenses. Paul Bennecke was a founding principal of Red Clay Strategies.
Sheldon Adelson has used Paul Bennecke to implement his strategy in the 2012 elections, and Bennecke could be the key advisor on how money might be used in the 2014 Georgia Senate race.