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Monday, May 7, 2012

The donors bankrolling the 2012 super PACs

 Bill and Hillary Clinton’s network of political donors has a message for President Barack Obama’s longtime backers when it comes to multi-million dollar contributions -- you first.

Through March, only 12 of Obama’s 532 top fundraisers had donated to Priorities USA Action, a super political action committee created to support his re-election. Priorities has raised only about $9 million compared with a combined $80 million brought in by the two main super-PACs dedicated to defeating Obama: American Crossroads, formed by Karl Rove, and Restore Our Future, a group backing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The leaders of Priorities have asked former President Bill Clinton to tap the pool of donors who helped fund his campaign and Hillary Clinton’s White House run. Yet Priorities lacks on its donor list most of the core group of Chicagoans who backed Obama’s presidential ambitions four years ago.

.Sheldon Adelson & family. Total: $26.5 million
Adelson is CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Most of his family's donations, $21.5 million, have gone to the pro-Newt Gingrich Winning Our Future. Sheldon and his wife, Miriam, also gave $5 million in March 2012 to the Congressional Leadership Fund, which supports Republican candidates for the House of Representatives.
(Credit: Tom Fox) 2. Harold Simmons/Contran. Total: $16.2 million
Simmons is CEO of Dallas-based holding company Contran Corp. and publicly traded Valhi.
Simmons and his wife and his company have given $12 million to the pro-Republican American Crossroads; $1.2 million to the pro-Rick Santorum Red White and Blue Fund; $1.1 million each the pro-Gingrich Winning Our Future and to Super PACs supporting Rick Perry; and $800,000 to the pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future.
(Credit: Melissa Phillip, AP) 3. Bob Perry. Total: $6.6 million
Perry is a Houston-based homebuilder and president of Perry Homes.
Perry has given $4 million to the pro-Romney Restore Our Future, more than any other donor. Perry also gave $2.5 million to American Crossroads and $100,000 to the pro-Perry Make Us Great Again.

Jerry Perenchio. Total: $2.6 million
Perenchio, from Los Angeles, is the former chairman of Univision Spanish language television and chairs the investment firm Chartwell Partners.
Perenchio has given $2 million to American Crossroads and $500,000 to the pro-Romney Restore Our Future. He also gave $100,000 to the pro-Jon Huntsman Our Destiny.

Peter Thiel. Total: $2.6 million
Thiel is CEO of Clarium Capital Management, in Palo Alto, CA.
Thiel has given $2.6 million to the pro-Ron Paul Endorse Liberty.

William Dore. Total: $2.25 million
Dore is President of Dore Energy Corporation, in Louisiana.
Dore has given $2.25 million to the pro-Rick Santorum Red White and Blue Fund.

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7. Jon Huntsman, Sr. Total: $2.2 million
Huntsman is CEO of Huntsman Corporation in Utah.
Huntsman gave $2.2 million to Our Destiny, the Super PAC that supported his son's candidacy.

Andrew Goodman/Getty) 8. Foster Friess. Total: $2.1 million
Friess is a Wyoming-based founder of the investment firm Friess Associates.
Friess has given $2.1 million to the pro-Rick Santorum Red White and Blue Fund.

Robert Rowling. Total: $2 million
Rowling is president of the Texas investment firm, TRT Holdings, which owns Omni Hotels and Gold's Gyms. Rowling and his firm have given $2 million to American Crossroads.

Jeffrey Katzenberg. Total = $2 million
Katzenberg is CEO of Dreamworks Animation.
Katzenberg gave $2 million to the pro-Obama Priorities USA.

Steven Lund. Total: $2 million
Lund is Vice Chairman of the Board of cosmetics company Nu Skin, in Provo, Utah.
Lund is also the founder and registered agent of Eli Publishing; his son-in-law Jeremy Blickenstaff, is the registered agent of F8, which has the same address. Both Eli Publishing and F8 gave $1 million to the pro-Romney Restore Our Future.

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