WASHINGTON – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is set to speak next week at a dinner event in honor of Sheldon Adelson, the Jewish-American casino tycoon who donated millions of dollars to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and his Israeli-born wife Miriam.
The event is organized by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which works to support Republicans in Congress, and is seen as the first major fundraising event on the Republican side ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections.
According to an invitation distributed by the NRCC, the price tag to enter the luxurious event, which will be held in Washington, is $2,500. A deal that includes a photo with Pence and dinner is offered for $35,000 per couple, and $50,000 is the price for being a "dinner co-host." Adelson is considered the single largest donor in the Republican Party today.
The event will take place on June 6, days after Trump makes his decision on whether or not to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem at this time. If Trump doesn't move the embassy, Pence could likely hear from Adelson about it, since a number of recent news reports have indicated that the billionaire, who holds very right-wing positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is angry and disappointed with the Trump administration for not moving the embassy thus far.
Pence has become the Trump administration's most senior representative to the Jewish right-wing in the United States. He spoke on behalf of the administration at this year's AIPAC conference, where he said that Trump is "seriously considering" to move the embassy, and also represented the administration at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, which is heavily funded by Adelson. He also spoke at an event the White House held with Jewish groups – most of them affiliated with the right – to celebrate Israel's Independence Day last month.
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