Senator Heller: Attention Paid to Adelson Investigations Politically Motivated

LVS Reports: U.S. Sen. Dean Heller said today that he is unaware of the various federal investigations into the business practices of top GOP donor Sheldon Adelson’s company, but said the investigations are receiving attention because of his political involvement this year.

“I’m unaware of those,” Heller said of the investigations by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission recently reported on by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

“I don’t follow it that closely. I would anticipate the only reasons those issues are coming up is because he is participating so much in the political process. That seems to be, in this day and age, the pushback for those involved in the political process.”

Pressed on whether he believed the DOJ and SEC investigations — which were launched in 2010 — are politically motivated, Heller said: “I think people get very nervous when you have people like Adelson involved.

“I’m just raising the question,” he added. “I’m not saying it’s true. I’m just raising the question.”

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