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Major donors to super PACs in the 2012 election

This graph shows the major donors to the so-called super PACs in the 2012 election. Unlike candidates, who can raise a maximum of 2,500 U.S. dollars per person for each election, super PACs are independent from candidates and can raise unlimited amounts from individuals, corporations and labor unions, and spend unlimited amounts to support or oppose a candidate. Depicted are only individuals or corporations who gave 1 million U.S. dollars or more. Thus, not all super PACs playing a role in the election are depicted here. Beside the name of the donor, the receiving super PAC is given in brackets. For additional information regarding the donor, hover the cursor over the respective bar in the graph. Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are now the biggest donors, having donated 20 million U.S. dollars to the super PAC endorsing Newt Gingrich, Winning Our Future.

Major donors to super PACs in the 2012 election as of May 7, 2012

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Release date

May 2012


United States

Survey time period

As of May 7, 2012

Supplementary notes

The abbreviation PAC stands for "Political Action Committee".

Super PAC ties:
American Crossroads: no ties to a specific candidate, generally opposes Democratic campaigning.
Priorities USA Action: tied to Barack Obama.
Restore our Future: tied to Mitt Romney.
Make Us Great Again: tied to Rick Perry.
Freedomworks for America: no known ties.
Our Destiny: tied to Jon Huntsman.
Endorse Liberty: tied to Ron Paul.
Red White and Blue Fund: tied to Rick Santorum.
Winning Our Future: tied to Newt Gingrich.
Club for Growth Action: no known ties.
Workers' Voice: no known ties.
Congressional Leadeship Fund: no known ties.
Majority PAC: no known ties.
N.E.A. Advocacy Fund: no known ties.

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