Speaking of Dark Money….

Since we’re talking about dark money, we should note the confusion and controversy over the political spending of Las Vegas’ Dark Lord, Sheldon Adelson. There’s a fresh rumor, reported by Politico‘s Kenneth Vogel, that Adelson is giving a nice little autumn present of $10 million each to Crossroads GPS (the Rove-created moneypot 501(c)(4) focused on Senate races) and American Action Network (another 501(c)94) allied with John Boehner and focused on House races).

Since these are dark money groups, and nobody’s confirming or denying anything, it’s hard to say if it’s any truer than earlier rumors that Sheldon had cut a deal with Harry Reid that would keep his political checkbook closed in exchange for Senate action on an internet gambling ban, the apple of Adelson’s eye.

We’ll probably have to wait and see what other intel leaks out about Sheldon’s plans, and whether major Republican groups seem to have found some extra dough. The scary thought is that he’s saving up to personally back another presidential candidate in 2016. As Newt Gingrich can tell you, Adelson’s sofa-cushion money is enough to keep a campaign going for months.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.