On June 29 and July 2, 2012, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issued statements suggesting that billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson donated to Republican causes using money earned from involvement in a Chinese prostitution ring. A lawyer acting on Adelson’s behalf wrote to the DCCC press secretary on July 17, threatening a lawsuit if the DCCC did not issue a retraction. You can read the letter in its entirety here.
Today, the DCCC officially retracted its earlier statements:
In press statements issued on June 29 and July 2, 2012, the DCCC made unsubstantiated allegations that attacked Sheldon Adelson, a supporter of the opposing party. This was wrong. The statements were untrue and unfair and we retract them. The DCCC extends its sincere apology to Mr. Adelson and his family for any injury we have caused.
Additionally, any references to Adelson and profits from prostitution have been scrubbed from the DCCC website. As far as Twitter goes, however, the DCCC has remained silent. This is its most recent tweet:
That was well over three hours ago.
The DCCC is taking major heat for its stunts, and rightfully so:
We’re not holding our breath.
The Democrat Credo: Never let facts get in the way of a good character assassination.