Of the seven individuals President Donald Trump presented with the Medal of Freedom on Saturday — the highest civilian honor in the United States — one went to Miriam Adelson, the wife of Sheldon Adelson, who is a Republican megadonor and Las Vegas Casino magnate.
> The Adelsons recently contributed $113 million to GOP causes during the 2018 election cycle. Among those donations, the couple gave $25 million in July to the Senate Leadership Fund, $2 million in September to ESAFund, $3 million in July and September to the Republican Governors Association and roughly $40 million between May and September to the Congressional Leadership Fund, according to Politico.
> They also gave $82 million during the 2016 election cycle to the Republican Party, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan research group, making them the largest donor to Republicans that year, too.
The White House said Miriam Adelson was given the award for her work in medicine and for the Jewish community.
> “Miriam Adelson is a committed doctor, philanthropist, and humanitarian,” a White House statement read. “With her husband, Sheldon, she also established the Adelson Medical Research Foundation, which supports research to prevent, reduce, or eliminate disabling and life-threatening illness.”