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

Individuals or corporations who gave 1 million U.S. dollars or moreDonation in million U.S. dollars
Sheldon and Miriam Adelson (Winning Our Future)20
Harold Simmons (American Crossroads)10
Sheldon and Miriam Adelson (Congressional Leadership Fund)5
Bob Perry (Restore Our Future)4
National Education Association (N.E.A. Advocacy Fund)3.5
Peter Thiel (Endorse Liberty)2.6
Bob J. Perry (American Crossroads)2.5
William J. Dore (Red White and Blue Fund)2.3
Jon M. Huntsman Sr. (Our Destiny)2.2
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (Workers' Voice)2.2
Foster S. Friess (Red White and Blue Fund)2.1
Jeffrey Katzenberg (Priorities USA Action)2
Jerry Perenchio Living Trust (American Crossroads)2
Contran Corporation (American Crossroads)2
Bill and Richard Marriot (Restore Our Future)2
Freedomworks (Freedomworks for America)1.6
James H. Simons (Majority PAC)1.5
Julian Robertson (Restore Our Future)1.3
Annette Simmons (Red White and Blue Fund)1.2
Harold Simmons (Winning Our Future)1.1
Kenneth C. Griffin (Restore Our Future)1.1
Paul Singer (Restore Our Future)1
Eli Publishing Inc. (Restore Our Future)1
Robert Mercer (Restore Our Future)1
Edward Conard (Restore Our Future)1
John Paulson (Restore Our Future)1
Melaleuca (Restore Our Future)1
Rooney Holdings Inc. (Restore Our Future)1
F8 LLC (Restore Our Future)1
James S. Davis (Restore Our Future)1
Steven Webster (Restore Our Future)1
Robert B. Bowling (American Crossroads)1
Whiteco Industries, Inc. (American Crossroads)1
Philip H. Geier (American Crossroads)1
Irving Moskovitz (American Crossroads)1
TRT Holdings Inc. (American Crossroads)1
Kenneth C. Griffin (American Crossroads)1
Contran Corporation (Make Us Great Again)1
Service Employees International Union (Priorities USA Action)1
Bill Maher (Priorities USA Action)1
Kareem Ahmed (Priorities USA Action)1
Virginia James (Club for Growth Action)1
American Federation of Teachers (Workers' Voice)1
UNITE HERE TIP (Workers' Voice)1
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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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