Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife gave $10 million to the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney this month, making him likely the largest political donor of all time and replenishing the super PAC’s exhausted coffers for ad buys in the final days of the election.
The PAC, Restore Our Future, now has $24 million in the bank, compared to $10 million for the Obama super PAC, Priorities USA.
Financier and liberal financier George Soros has finally come around to the idea of super PACs, making a $1 million donation to that committee this month, filings showed Thursday night.
Priorities USA raised $13 million in the first half of October, including $1 million from the International Union Of Painters and $750,000 from a teachers’ union, plus $1 million from the chairman of LinkedIn and large donations from executives of other companies, such as Cox Enterprises
Mr. Soros has said he found the unlimited-money vehicles distasteful, but the committee has recently talked itself up and made fervent pitches for funding.
“We don’t usually talk much about our ad testing and our internal polling but because the data is so clear and time is so short, I’ve got to share this and ask for your help. Our ad – ‘Stage’ – is the number one, most effective political ad of this campaign. Even the Republican pollster Frank Luntz said it was the primary reason Romney is in such trouble in Ohio,” senior strategist Bill Burton wrote Thursday.
A super PAC advocating for Senate Democrats also raised $10 million this month, the filings showed, including $2 million from Fred Eychaner, an Obama mega-supporter from Chicago, and $1 million from a man who has made millions of dollar by renting buildings to the government.
Franklin L. Haney of Washington operates a $10 billion real estate portfolio with a specialty in catering to government, such as leasing space to the Federal Communications Commission, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Social Security Administration.
He’s also a strident Democrat who once ran for governor of Tennessee.
And this month, he gave $1 million to the Senate-focused Majority PAC, on top of a previous $1 million to Priorities USA.