Forward Thinking

Adelsons Heading for Tampa

By Seth Berkman

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As Hurricane Isaac rumbled ominously off the coast, two of the Republican Party’s biggest supporters were expected to touch down in Tampa for the Republican National Convention Monday.

According to CNN.com, Miriam Adelson will be in attendance for Mitt Romney’s speech and other activities this week, alongside her husband, noted Republican donor Sheldon Adelson.

One of Miriam Adelson’s main contributions at the convention is the Woman Up! Pavilion, which is sponsored by the YG Network, and named in her. According to its web site, the Woman Up! initiative was launched earlier this year to “research, communicate and prioritize the issues most important to women.” Among the events scheduled at the pavilion this week include a session on “The use of social media and other tactics to expose fraud,” and panels including Members of the European Parliament from Iceland, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Czech Republic.

To celebrate the 92nd anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment this month, the pavilion will also feature a women’s suffrage museum.

This year, the Adelsons have already donated $5 million to the YG Action Fund, in addition to $36 million to individual candidates and quasi-independent super-PAC’s. Sheldon has been rumored to be willing to spend $100 million to help elect Republican candidates this November.

Miriam Adelson was born in Tel Aviv and is noted for her medical work. Her parents left Poland for Haifa before the Holocaust.


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