2014-03-26T050553Z_1_CBREA2P0E6000_RTROPTP_2_LASVEGASSANDS-JAPAN

Republican donor's attack on online gambling shadows talk of 2016

Las Vegas Sands Corp Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson points a reporter during a news conference in TokyoBy Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson became a major player in Republican politics in the 2012 elections, when he spent more than $90 million in an unsuccessful effort to oust Democratic President Barack Obama. Now the 80-year-old billionaire wants something from Washington: a ban on internet gambling, a growing industry that Adelson says could hurt the casino industry. On Wednesday, some of Adelson’s allies in Congress, including South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, plan to propose legislation that would do just that. Even so, the Las Vegas Sands Corp chief executive’s push against online gambling could force Republican politicians to confront an issue that pits religious conservatives who agree with Adelson against more pragmatic elements in the party.

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