So far, Sheldon Adelson is showing Donald Trump his face — but not his money.
The Las Vegas Jewish billionaire and the Republican presidential nominee have met twice in recent weeks, first in New York and again in Las Vegas in late August. Adelson also hosted Trump at his suite during the Republican convention in Cleveland.
But while the two billionaires seem to be getting along well, there is still no answer to the big question floating over this relationship: Will Adelson make good on his promise to support Trump to the tune of $100 million?
That promise has yet to show up on any federal election finance filings and it is not clear whether at this point, only two months before the general elections, whether Adelson will come through or not.
Here are five things to watch as the clock ticks toward Election Day:
Could Adelson have already made the contribution?
Federal campaign records regularly reflect a gap of several weeks in donations during election season so it is possible that Adelson, who refuses to discuss his contributions publicly, has actually begun recently to write checks to the Trump campaign and supportive Super PACs without these contributions showing up on records yet. In 2012, Adelson and his wife Miriam gave at least $98 million to GOP candidates and were key supporters of the ultimately unsuccessful primary run made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. But back then, the megadonor’s made his mark early on in the race. By September 2012 he had already given $70 million and was considered a top funder of the Republican campaign alongside the Koch brothers.
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