The SuperPAC Superdonors

More than two dozen people or groups have donated at least $1 million each to the new superPACs, which can raise unlimited funds to help a candidate — although without technically coordinating with that campaign. The money is largely being used to run attack ads against opponents. Here are those giving the most money, according to the Federal Election Commission.

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S. Daniel Abraham West Palm Beach, Fla.

Consultant, Health Foods of America

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,200,000 Donor: S. Daniel Abraham | Date: Sept. 24, 2012
Photo Sheldon & Miriam Adelson Las Vegas, Nev.

Sheldon Adelson, 78, and his wife, Miriam, 66, own Las Vegas Sands Corp., which owns and operates major hotels and casinos. Sheldon Adelson told Forbes he might ultimately give "$100 million" to the superPAC supporting Newt Gingrich. "I'm against very wealthy people attempting to [influence] or influencing elections. But as long as it's doable I'm going to do it."
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Contributions

  • Winning Our Future (Gingrich) $5,000,000 Donor: Sheldon Adelson | Date: Jan. 6, 2012
  • Winning Our Future (Gingrich) $5,000,000 Donor: Miriam Adelson | Date: Jan. 24, 2012
  • Winning Our Future (Gingrich) $2,500,000 Donor: Miriam Adelson | Date: Feb. 17, 2012
  • Winning Our Future (Gingrich) $2,500,000 Donor: Sheldon Adelson | Date: Feb. 17, 2012
  • Winning Our Future (Gingrich) $5,000,000 Donor: Miriam Adelson | Date: March 21, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $5,000,000 Donor: Miriam Adelson | Date: June 14, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $5,000,000 Donor: Sheldon Adelson | Date: June 14, 2012
Kareem Ahmed Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Ahmed is the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.-based CEO of Landmark Medical Management, a medical billing and collecting firm.

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $250,000 Donor: Kareem Ahmed | Date: Feb. 13, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $250,000 Donor: Kareem Ahmed | Date: Feb. 27, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $500,000 Donor: Kareem Ahmed | Date: Mar. 28, 2012
The Armstrong Group Butler, Pa.

Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,320,000 Donor: The Armstrong Group | Date: Sept. 10, 2012
Stewart Bainum Chevy Chase, Md.

Chairman, Choice Hotels International

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $500,000 Donor: Stewart Bainum | Date: Aug. 9, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $500,000 Donor: Stewart Bainum | Date: Aug. 9, 2012
Jay Bergman Hinsdale, Ill.

Corporate officer, PETCO Petroleum

Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: Jay Bergman | Date: Sept. 17, 2012
David L. Boies Armonk, N.Y.

Attorney, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: David L. Boies | Date: Sept. 29, 2012
Anne Cox Chambers Atlanta, Ga.

Principal Owner, Cox Enterprises

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $500,000 Donor: Anne Cox Chambers | Date: July 6, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,500,000 Donor: Anne Cox Chambers | Date: Aug. 2, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,500,000 Donor: Anne Cox Chambers | Date: Aug. 15, 2012
John Childs Vero Beach, Fla.

Chairman and CEO, J.W. Childs and Associates

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: John W. Childs | Date: June 20, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $500,000 Donor: John W. Childs | Date: June 27, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $500,000 Donor: John W. Childs | Date: Aug. 31, 2012
Clayton Williams Energy Midland, Texas

Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: Clayton Williams Energy | Date: Aug. 20, 2012
Edward Conard New York, N.Y.

Conard, 54, a top official at Waters Corp. and Sensata Technologies, was managing director of Bain Capital — the private equity firm founded by Mitt Romney — from 1993 to 2007. He has contributed to PACs backing Romney since 2004, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: Edward Conard | Date: April 28, 2011
Joe Craft Tulsa, Okla.

The Tulsa, Okla.-based chairman, president and CEO of Alliance Holdings GP LP, Craft once donated $6 million to finish the basketball practice facility at the University of Kentucky, where he got undergraduate and law degrees.

Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $425,000 Donor: Alliance Management Holdings | Date: Nov. 28, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Joseph Craft | Date: Jan. 17, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,250,000 Donor: Joe Craft | Date: May 31, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $425,000 Donor: Alliance Management Holdings | Date: May 31, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Joseph W. Craft | Date: Sept. 7, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,250,000 Donor: JWC III Revocable Trust | Date: Sept. 7, 2012
Crow Holdings LLC Dallas, Texas

The Dallas company owns and manages the estate of the late Trammel Crow. The real estate investment company is headed by Harlan Crow, the chairman and CEO.

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $150,000 Donor: Crow Holdings LLC | Date: Oct. 7, 2011
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $500,000 Donor: Crow Holdings LLC | Date: Nov. 18, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $150,000 Donor: Harlan Crow | Date: Nov. 22, 2011
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: Crow Holdings LLC | Date: May 30, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Crow Holdings LLC | Date: June 15, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Trammell Crow | Date: June 25, 2012
James Davis Newton, Mass.

Chairman, New Balance Athletic Shoes Inc.

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: James Davis | Date: June 15, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: James Davis | Date: March 8, 2012
William J. Dore Lake Charles, La.

Dore, 69, a Louisiana native and president of the Dore Energy Corp. of Lake Charles, La., appears to be making by far his largest-ever political contributions this year, Bloomberg reported. Dore has not publicly discussed his donations. More: Betting Big On Santorum, Donor's Motives A Mystery

Contributions

  • Red White and Blue Fund (Santorum) $1,000,000 Donor: William J. Dore | Date: Jan. 11, 2012
  • Red White and Blue Fund (Santorum) $500,000 Donor: William J. Dore | Date: Feb. 14, 2012
  • Red White and Blue Fund (Santorum) $250,000 Donor: William J. Dore | Date: March 12, 2012
  • Red White and Blue Fund (Santorum) $500,000 Donor: William J. Dore | Date: March 26, 2012
Paul & Sandra Edgerley Brookline, Mass.

Paul B. Edgerley, 55, is managing director of Boston-based Bain Capital, the private equity firm co-founded by Mitt Romney, where he has worked since 1988. Sandra Edgerley formerly worked at Bain & Co. The couple have been contributing to Romney and PACs backing him since 2004, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Paul Edgerley | Date: May 19, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Sandra Edgerley | Date: May 19, 2011
Eli Publishing Inc. Provo, Utah

An inactive Utah company formed in 1997 by Nu Skin founder Steven Lund, 58.

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: Eli Publishing Inc. | Date: March 31, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Kalleen Lund | Date: Sept. 27, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Steven Lund | Date: Sept. 27, 2012
Fred Eychaner Chicago, Ill.

Director of Special Projects, Newsweb Corporation

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $500,000 Donor: Fred Eychaner | Date: June 30, 2011
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: Fred Eychaner | Date: June 29, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $2,000,000 Donor: Fred Horwich Eychaner | Date: Sept. 20, 2012
F8 LLC Provo, Utah

F8 LLC has the same address as Eli Publishing Inc.

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: F8 LLC | Date: March 31, 2011
Morgan Freeman Los Angeles, Calif.

Actor

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: Morgan Freeman | Date: June 21, 2012
Photo Foster S. Friess Jackson, Wyo.

The self-described "man atop the horse," Friess, 71, a mutual fund investor, has promoted and financed conservative politics and philanthropy for decades.
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Contributions

  • Red White and Blue Fund (Santorum) $250,000 Donor: Foster S. Friess | Date: Nov. 3, 2011
  • Red White and Blue Fund (Santorum) $81,000 Donor: Foster S. Friess | Date: Dec. 22, 2011
  • Red White and Blue Fund (Santorum) $253,400 Donor: Foster S. Friess | Date: Jan. 18, 2012
  • Red White and Blue Fund (Santorum) $415,600 Donor: Foster S. Friess | Date: Jan. 30, 2012
  • Red White and Blue Fund (Santorum) $600,000 Donor: Foster S. Friess | Date: Feb. 21, 2012
  • Red White and Blue Fund (Santorum) $500,000 Donor: Foster S. Friess | Date: March 8, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $100,000 Donor: Foster S. Friess | Date: June 20, 2012
Philip Geier New York, N.Y.

Chairmain Emeritus, The Geier Group

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $250,000 Donor: Philip Geier | Date: July 28, 2011
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $200,000 Donor: Philip H. Geier | Date: Nov. 22, 2011
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $300,000 Donor: Philip H. Geier | Date: Nov. 23, 2011
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $300,000 Donor: Philip H. Geier | Date: Feb. 6, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $100,000 Donor: Philip H. Geier | Date: Feb. 27, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $100,000 Donor: Philip Geier | Date: Feb. 27, 2012
Amy Goldman Rhinebeck, N.Y.

The Rhinebeck, N.Y.-based writer and philanthropist, a noted heirloom plant conservationist, is the daughter of the late real estate investor Sol Goldman, once the largest private landlord in New York City.

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: Amy Goldman | Date: Mar. 20, 2012
Photo Kenneth Griffin Chicago, Ill.

Griffin, 43, Founder and CEO of hedge-fund Citadel LLC, was a top donor in 2010 to Republicans running for the Illinois legislature -- and to Chicago Democratic mayoral candidate (and now mayor) Rahm Emanuel, former White House chief of staff to President Obama, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $300,000 Donor: Kenneth Griffin | Date: Aug. 1, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $100,000 Donor: Kenneth Griffin | Date: Dec. 15, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $100,000 Donor: Kenneth Griffin | Date: Feb. 9, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $850,000 Donor: Kenneth Griffin | Date: Mar. 26, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $700,000 Donor: Kenneth Griffin | Date: Mar. 28, 2012
Franklin Haney Washington, D.C.

The Tennessee-born founder of a real estate company that develops hotels and apartment buildings in Washington, D.C., ran and lost in bids for Congress in 1966 and for Tennessee governor in 1974. He has been a longtime Democratic fundraiser.

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: Franklin Haney | Date: May 29, 2012
Mel Heifetz Philadelphia, Pa.

Real estate developer

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: Mel Heifetz | Date: July 17, 2012
Stanley Herzog St. Joseph, Mo.

Chairman & CEO, Herzog Contracting Corp.

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: Stanley Herzog | Date: Sept. 13, 2012
B. Wayne Hughes Lexington, Ky.

Chairman, Spendthrift Farm

Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: B. Wayne Hughes | Date: Aug. 17, 2012
Photo Jon M. Huntsman Sr. Salt Lake City, Utah

The founder and executive chairman of Huntsman Corp., Huntsman, 74, is the father of former Republican presidential candidate Jon M. Huntsman Jr. The billionaire philanthropist has donated heavily to cancer research.

Contributions

  • Our Destiny PAC (Huntsman) $100,000 Donor: Jon M. Huntsman | Date: Oct. 14, 2011
  • Our Destiny PAC (Huntsman) $400,000 Donor: Jon M. Huntsman | Date: Oct. 21, 2011
  • Our Destiny PAC (Huntsman) $140,000 Donor: Jon M. Huntsman | Date: Nov. 20, 2011
  • Our Destiny PAC (Huntsman) $400,000 Donor: Jon M. Huntsman | Date: Nov. 22, 2011
  • Our Destiny PAC (Huntsman) $170,050 Donor: Jon M. Huntsman | Date: Dec. 1, 2011
  • Our Destiny PAC (Huntsman) $400,000 Donor: Jon M. Huntsman | Date: Dec. 13, 2011
  • Our Destiny PAC (Huntsman) $276,990 Donor: Jon M. Huntsman | Date: Dec. 29, 2011
  • Our Destiny PAC (Huntsman) $120,000 Donor: Jon M. Huntsman | Date: Jan. 5, 2012
  • Our Destiny PAC (Huntsman) $135,000 Donor: Jon M. Huntsman | Date: Jan. 6, 2012
  • Our Destiny PAC (Huntsman) $80,000 Donor: Jon M. Huntsman | Date: Jan. 30, 2012
Irwin Jacobs La Jolla, Calif.

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $2,000,000 Donor: Irwin Jacobs | Date: June 11, 2012
Photo Jeffrey Katzenberg Universal City, Calif.

Chief executive at DreamWorks Animation, Katzenberg, 61, a longtime funder of Democrats, told USA Today he wants to counter heavy spending that has favored Republican candidates. "The stakes are too high for us to simply allow the extremism of a small but well-funded right-wing minority to go unchallenged,"he said.

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $2,000,000 Donor: Jeffrey Katzenberg | Date: May 27, 2011
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: Jeffrey Katzenberg | Date: Sept. 24, 2012
John Kleinheinz Fort Worth, Texas

The owner of Kleinheinz Capital Partners, a global hedge fund founded in 1996, based in Fort Worth, Texas.

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: John Kleinheinz | Date: April 9, 2012
Photo William Koch West Palm Beach, Fla.

The Palm Beach, Fla., billionaire, 72, is the twin brother of David Koch and younger brother of Charles Koch, who share a higher profile in their conservative political activity. An avid yachtsman whose team won the 1992 America's Cup, Koch has not — until this campaign season — been heavily invested in politics like his also-wealthy brothers, David and Charles Koch. William Koch's fortune is about $4 billion, according to Forbes magazine.
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Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $250,000 Donor: William Koch | Date: Sept. 12, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $250,000 Donor: Oxbow Carbon LLC | Date: Sept. 13, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Oxbow Carbon LLC | Date: Dec. 21, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: Huron Carbon LLC | Date: Mar. 5, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: Oxbow Carbon LLC | Date: June 5, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: Oxbow Carbon LLC | Date: Sept. 5, 2012
Bruce Kovner New York, N.Y.

Financial Executive, Caxton Alternative Mgmt., LP

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Bruce Kovner | Date: Sept. 11, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $500,000 Donor: Bruce Kovner | Date: Sept. 14, 2012
Photo Bill Maher Los Angeles, Calif.

Maher, 56, is a comedian, political commentator and host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."
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Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: William Maher | Date: Feb. 28, 2012
J.W. Marriott Bethesda, Md.

Chairman and CEO, Marriott International

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: J.W. Marriott | Date: June 15, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $250,000 Donor: J.W. Marriott | Date: Jan. 17, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $250,000 Donor: J.W. Marriott | Date: Mar. 7, 2012
Richard Marriott Potomac, Md.

Chairman, Host Hotels and Resort Inc.

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: J.W. Marriott | Date: June 20, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $250,000 Donor: J.W. Marriott | Date: Jan. 31, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: J.W. Marriott | Date: Mar. 23, 2012
Robert McNair Houston, Texas

Chairman & CEO, Houston Texans

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: 1,000,000 | Date: Sept. 26, 2012
Robert Mercer East Setauket, N.Y.

New York hedge fund manager at Renaissance Technologies

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: Robert Mercer | Date: July 28, 2011
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: Robert Leroy Mercer | Date: July 23, 2012
Photo Melaleuca Inc. Idaho Falls, Idaho

Frank L. VanderSloot (left), CEO of the privately held dietary supplement and cleaning supply company, also is national finance co-chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $250,000 Donor: Melaleuca of Asia Ltd. Co. | Date: Aug. 5, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $250,000 Donor: Melaleuca of Japan Inc. | Date: Aug. 5, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $250,000 Donor: Melaleuca of Southeast Asia Inc. | Date: Aug. 5, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $250,000 Donor: Melaleuca Inc. | Date: Aug. 15, 2011
Photo Irving Moskowitz Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.

Moskowitz, 84, is a retired Florida physician, a bingo magnate who runs a California charity, and a longtime supporter of expanding Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem.

Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: Irving Moskowitz | Date: Feb. 14, 2011
Steve Mostyn Houston, Texas

Former president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Houston personal injury lawyer has been the state's largest Democratic donor this election cycle. He was the financial backer for the Back to Basics PAC, which unsuccessfully worked for the defeat Texas Gov. Rick Perry in 2010.

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: Steve Mostyn | Date: May 11, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $3,850 Donor: Steve Mostyn | Date: July 24, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: Steve Mostyn | Date: Aug. 29, 2012
National Air Traffic Controllers Association PAC Washington, D.C.

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: National Air Traffic Controllers Association PAC | Date: April 30, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $250,000 Donor: National Air Traffic Controllers Association PAC | Date: Sept. 28, 2012
OdysseyRe Holdings Corp. Stamford, Conn.

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: OdysseyRe Holdings Corp. | Date: Aug. 17, 2012
The Renco Group Inc. New York, N.Y.

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: The Renco Group Inc. | Date: July 10, 2012
Rocco Ortenzio Lemoyne, Pa.

Executive Chairman, Select Medical

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $250,000 Donor: Rocco Ortenzio | Date: April 3, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Rocco Ortenzio | Date: May 16, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $250,000 Donor: Rocco Ortenzio | Date: June 1, 2012
Robert Parsons Scottsdale, Ariz.

Executive Chairman, Go Daddy

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: Robert Parsons | Date: Aug. 23, 2012
Photo John Paulson New York, N.Y.

Paulson, 56, president of Paulson & Co., "became a billionaire in 2007 by betting against the U.S. subprime mortgage market," Bloomberg News noted in February. Forbes said his net worth as of September was $15.5 billion, and that last year's "take-home pay" was $4.9 billion, "a record for the hedge fund industry."

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: John Paulson | Date: Jan. 28, 2011
Photo A. Jerrold Perenchio Los Angeles, Calif.

Perenchio, 81, is former chairman and CEO of Spanish-language TV channel Univision. In September, Forbes put his net worth at $2.3 billion.

Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $2,000,000 Donor: Jerry Perenchio Living Trust | Date: April 22, 2011
  • Our Destiny PAC (Huntsman) $100,000 Donor: A. Jerrold Perenchio | Date: Jan. 6, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Jerry Perenchio | Date: Feb. 23, 2012
Photo Bob J. Perry Houston, Texas

Perry, 79, homebuilder and owner of Perry Homes in Houston, has long been active in Republican politics. The Center for Public Integrity said: "Perry, whose deep pockets helped underwrite the assault on Democrat John Kerry's military record during the 2004 presidential election, may have done more than anyone else to ensure George W. Bush's narrow victory that year."
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Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $500,000 Donor: Bob J. Perry | Date: Feb. 28, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Bob Perry | Date: March 8, 2011
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $2,000,000 Donor: Bob J. Perry | Date: Aug. 24, 2011
  • Make Us Great Again (Perry) $100,000 Donor: Bob J. Perry | Date: Aug. 30, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Bob Perry | Date: Dec. 7, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $3,000,000 Donor: Bob Perry | Date: Feb. 15, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $750,000 Donor: Bob Perry | Date: April 5, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $2,000,000 Donor: Bob Perry | Date: June 1, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $2,000,000 Donor: Bob J. Perry | Date: June 28, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $2,000,000 Donor: Bob Perry | Date: July 20, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $2,000,000 Donor: Bob J. Perry | Date: Aug. 21, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $2,000,000 Donor: Bob Perry | Date: Sept. 4, 2012
Photo Julian Robertson Locust Valley, N.Y.

One of the first hedge fund managers, Robertson, 79, was founder of Tiger Management Corp. The Raleigh News & Observer notes that Robertson also has supported environmental causes and gave more than $40 million to the Environmental Defense Fund between 2005 and 2009 "to support the group's efforts to pass cap-and-trade legislation."

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: Julian Robertson | Date: Nov. 22, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $250,000 Donor: Julian Robertson | Date: Jan. 18, 2012
Rooney Holdings Inc. Tulsa, Okla.

The family-owned company is a major domestic and foreign builder, responsible for — among other things — the Dallas Cowboys' huge new stadium. Francis Rooney, 58, the company's president and CEO, was U.S. ambassador to the Vatican during the administration of George W. Bush.

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Rooney Holdings Inc. | Date: July 19, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Rooney Holdings Inc. | Date: Dec. 7, 2011
Robert B. Rowling Irving, Texas

An oil industry giant who also owns the Omni hotel chain, Rowling, 57, of Dallas — owner, CEO and president of TRT Holdings Inc. — is worth $4.7 billion, according to Forbes.

Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: Robert B. Rowling | Date: May 20, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $100,000 Donor: Robert B. Rowling | Date: Jan. 13, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: TRT Holdings Inc. | Date: Feb. 3, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: TRT Holdings Inc. | Date: July 17, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: Robert B. Rowling | Date: July 18, 2011
Donald and Shelley Rubin New York, N.Y.

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $500,000 Donor: Donald Rubin | Date: Sept. 24, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $500,000 Donor: Shelley Rubin | Date: Sept. 24, 2012
SEIU COPE Washington, D.C.

Service Employees International Union Committee on Political Education, is, according to the union, made up of 300,000 people who contribute on average $7 per month.

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $500,000 Donor: SEIU COPE | Date: May 2, 2011
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $500,000 Donor: SEIU COPE | Date: Dec. 28, 2011
Photo Harold C. Simmons Dallas, Texas

Simmons, 80, is a Texas businessman long active in funding campaigns. In 2008, he helped finance ads against Barack Obama; in 2004, he gave $2 million to the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth, which attacked Democrat John Kerry. In January, Forbes listed his net worth at $8.7 billion.
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Contributions

  • Make Us Great Again (Perry) $500,000 Donor: Contran Corporation | Date: Sept. 23, 2011
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: Contran Corporation | Date: Oct. 21, 2011
  • Make Us Great Again (Perry) $500,000 Donor: Contran Corporation | Date: Oct. 24, 2011
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: Contran Corporation | Date: Oct. 26, 2011
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $5,000,000 Donor: Harold C. Simmons | Date: Nov. 29, 2011
  • Winning Our Future (Gingrich) $500,000 Donor: Harold Simmons | Date: Dec. 15, 2011
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $5,000,000 Donor: Harold C. Simmons | Date: Jan. 13, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $100,000 Donor: Harold C. Simmons | Date: Jan. 13, 2012
  • Winning Our Future (Gingrich) $500,000 Donor: Harold Simmons | Date: Jan. 24, 2012
  • Red White and Blue Fund (Santorum) $1,000,000 Donor: Annette Simmons | Date: Feb. 15, 2012
  • Winning Our Future (Gingrich) $100,000 Donor: Harold Simmons | Date: Feb. 15, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $100,000 Donor: Harold Simmons | Date: Feb. 28, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $100,000 Donor: Harold Simmons | Date: March 9, 2012
  • Red White and Blue Fund (Santorum) $200,000 Donor: Annette Simmons | Date: March 19, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Harold Simmons | Date: March 19, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: Harold Simmons | Date: April 25, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $2,500,000 Donor: Harold C. Simmons | Date: Sept. 20, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Harold C. Simmons | Date: Sept. 20, 2012
James H. Simons New York, N.Y.

Chairman, Renaissance Technologies Corp.

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $2,000,000 Donor: James H. Simons | Date: Aug. 8, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,500,000 Donor: James H. Simons | Date: Sept. 26, 2012
Photo Paul Singer New York, N.Y.

Singer, 67, CEO of hedge fund Elliott Management, supported passage of New York state's same-sex-marriage legislation and lobbied hard to get New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to enter the Republican race.
More: SuperDonor Backs Romney — And Gay Marriage

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $1,000,000 Donor: Paul Singer | Date: Oct. 17, 2011
Steven Spielberg Universal City, Calif.

Co-Principal, Dreamworks Animation

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: Steven Spielberg | Date: Sept. 24, 2012
Stephens Inc. Little Rock, Ark.

Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $250,000 Donor: Stephens Investments Holdings LLC | Date: Dec. 21, 2011
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: Stephens Inc. | Date: July 24, 2012
Barbara Stiefel Coral Gables, Fla.

The Coral Gables, Fla., retiree is a longtime Democratic fundraiser and philanthropist.

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: Barbara Stiefel | Date: May 24, 2012
Jon Stryker New York, N.Y.

Architect

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $750,000 Donor: Jon Stryker | Date: June 12, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $750,000 Donor: Jon Stryker | Date: July 20, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $500,000 Donor: Jon Stryker | Date: Aug. 29, 2012
Photo Peter Thiel San Francisco, Calif.

Co-founder of PayPal, Thiel, 44, also an early investor in Facebook, has a net worth of $1.5 billion, according to Forbes.
More: With Eye On Future, Billionaire Investor Bets On Paul

Contributions

  • Endorse Liberty (Paul) $150,000 Donor: Peter Thiel | Date: Dec. 16, 2011
  • Endorse Liberty (Paul) $750,000 Donor: Peter Thiel | Date: Dec. 21, 2011
  • Endorse Liberty (Paul) $1,000,000 Donor: Peter Thiel | Date: Jan. 3, 2012
  • Endorse Liberty (Paul) $700,000 Donor: Peter Thiel | Date: Jan. 13, 2012
UAW Education Fund Detroit, Mich.

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $1,000,000 Donor: UAW Education Fund | Date: Sept. 13, 2012
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Pipe Fitting Industry Annapolis, Md.

Contributions

  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $250,000 Donor: United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Pipe Fitting Industry | Date: April 30, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $250,000 Donor: United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Pipe Fitting Industry | Date: July 13, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $250,000 Donor: United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Pipe Fitting Industry | Date: Aug. 20, 2012
  • Priorities USA Action (Obama) $250,000 Donor: United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Pipe Fitting Industry | Date: Aug. 31, 2012
Weaver Holdings Noblesville, Ind.

Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $500,000 Donor: Weaver Holdings | Date: July 9, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $500,000 Donor: Weaver Holdings | Date: July 31, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $500,000 Donor: Weaver Holdings | Date: Aug. 30, 2012
Weaver Popcorn Company Inc. Indianapolis, Ind.

Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $200,000 Donor: Weaver Popcorn Company Inc. | Date: Aug. 1, 2011
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $200,000 Donor: Weaver Popcorn Company Inc. | Date: Nov. 4, 2011
Steven Webster Houston, Texas

Avista Capital, Private Equity

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Steven Webster | Date: Nov. 29, 2011
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $500,000 Donor: Steven Webster | Date: March 1, 2012
Whiteco Industries Inc. Merrillville, Ind.

A construction and advertising company headed by Dean White.

Contributions

  • American Crossroads (GOP) $1,000,000 Donor: Whiteco Industries Inc. | Date: Nov. 15, 2011
Unknown Dayton, Ohio

These contributions came from the same address in Dayton, Ohio, but under different company names. (Source: Sunlight Foundation)

Contributions

  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $333,334 Donor: Waterbury Properties LLC | Date: May 22, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $333,333 Donor: CRC Information Systems Inc. | Date: May 22, 2012
  • Restore Our Future (Romney) $333,333 Donor: Fairbanks Properties LLC | Date: May 22, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $333,333 Donor: CRC Information Systems Inc. | Date: June 5, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $333,333 Donor: Fairbanks Properties LLC | Date: June 5, 2012
  • American Crossroads (GOP) $333,334 Donor: Waterbury Properties LLC | Date: June 6, 2012

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