GOP convention organizers ask Adelson to cover $6M shortfall

GOP convention organizers ask Adelson to cover $6M shortfall
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An extraordinary plea for cash has been sent to billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson to plug a $6 million shortfall for the Republican National Convention, according to Politico.
 
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The letter, dated July 12 and addressed to Adelson and his wife Miriam, was reportedly sent by the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, which wanted the wealthy couple to solve its financial difficulties. 
 
“We would greatly appreciate if you would consider a $6,000,000 contribution to the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee to help us cross the finish line,” the letter said, according to Politico.
 
The letter reportedly says that the RNC has raised $58 million — $6 million less than the $64 million needed to finance the convention in Cleveland, which begins July 18.
 
Disclosure of the note could further fray relations between the Trump campaign and the party establishment.
 
The RNC has been publicly claiming that Trump hasn't been harming fundraising, but the letter reportedly says otherwise. 
 
“Over the past couple months, negative publicity around our potential nominee resulted in a considerable number of pledges backing out from their commitments,” the letter says, according to Politico.
 
The letter discloses the names of more than two dozen donors and companies who reneged on $8.1 million worth of pledged donations to fund the convention.
 
The Hill has contacted spokespeople for Adelson and the convention organizers.