Las Vegas Sands Corp., the casino behemoth run by Republican fundraiser and billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is facing criticism for its operations in Spain and Macau.
The gambling company recently acknowledged it is likely that in Macau it violated the federal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, an American law best known for banning bribery of foreign officials, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filing. It was the first time the company disclosed it was under investigation by the SEC.
In Spain, advocacy groups are protesting Las Vegas Sands' plans to build a giant 1,850-acre casino outside Madrid.
Tomas Gomez, leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party in Madrid, said the project is creating "alarm, social regression and very suspect, very disturbing things."
"At the end of the day, what these gentlemen are setting up are platforms for money laundering to occur, and not platforms meant to create jobs," Gomez said during a press conference, according to the Huffington Post.