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The "People" Behind the Super-PAC Explosion

No, not that kind of people. The Citizens United-approved corporate kind.

| Tue Feb. 7, 2012 7:00 AM EST

Top 20 People* Giving to Super-PACs

*The non-corporate kind

1. Sheldon and Miriam Adelson: The Las Vegas casino magnate is worth $21.5 million, making him America's 8th-richest person. (The Adelsons' donations were made after the disclosure deadline for 2011.)
Donations: $10,000,000
Recipient:
Winning Our Future (pro-Gingrich)

2. Harold Simmons: Runs the metals, chemicals, and waste management corporation Contran. He's worth $9.3 billion.
Donations:
$5,600,000
Recipients:
American Crossroads, Winning Our Future, Americans for Rick Perry (now called Restoring Prosperity Fund)

3. Bob Perry: Head of Houston-based homebuilding empire. His net worth: $650 million.
Donations: $3,600,000
Recipients:
American Crossroads, Restore Our Future, Make Us Great Again (pro-Rick Perry).

4. (tied) Ed Conard: A former Bain Capital managing director, he's given $2 million to a pro-Romney super-PAC—half through a shady front company (see previous list) and half in his own name.
Donations:
$2,000,000
Recipient:
Restore Our Future

4. (tied) Jeffrey Katzenberg: DreamWorks Animation CEO and major Obama fundraiser.
Donations:
$2,000,000
Recipient:
Priorities USA Action (pro-Obama)

4. (tied) Jerry Perenchio: The former CEO of Spanish-language network Univision. He's worth $2.3 billion.
Donations:
$2,000,000
Recipient:
American Crossroads

5. Jon Huntsman Sr.: Salt Lake City businessman, philanthropist, and former Nixon administration official who boosted his son's ill-fated presidential bid.
Donations:
$1,887,040
Recipient:
Our Destinty PAC (pro-Huntsman super-PAC)

6. Robert Mercer: Co-CEO of the $15 billion hedge fund Renaissance Technologies
Donations: $1,100,000
Recipients:
Restore Our Future, Club for Growth

7. (tie) Paul and Sandra Edgerly: Paul serves as a managing director at Bain Capital.
Donations: $1,000,000
Recipient:
Restore Our Future

7. (tie) Amy Goldman: New York author—no additional information known.
Donations:
$1,000,000
Recipient:
Planned Parenthood Votes

7. (tie) John Paulson: Hedge fund tycoon who's America's 17th-richest person with a net worth of $15.5 billion.
Donations:
$1,000,000
Recipient:
Restore Our Future

7. (tie) Julian Robertson: Former hedge fund manager worth $2.4 billion.
Donations: $1,000,000
Recipient:
Restore Our Future

7. (tie) Robert Rowling: Worth $4.7 billion, Rowling owns TRT Holdings, whose assets include the Tana Exploration oil company.
Donations: $1,000,000
Recipient:
American Crossroads

7. (tie) Paul Singer: Hedge fund founder
Donations: $1,000,000
Recipient:
Restore Our Future

8. Fred Eychaner: Reclusive Chicago media mogul and major backer of liberal causes.
Donations: $950,000
Recipients:
Priorities USA Action, House Majority PAC, America Votes Action Fund

9. Peter Thiel: Venture capitalist (and Bilderberg Group member) who made $1.5 billion co-founding PayPal and investing in Facebook.
Donations: $900,000
Recipient:
Endorse Liberty (pro-Paul)

10. (tie) Philip Geier: Venture capitalist and former CEO of one of the world's largest advertising holding companies.
Donations: $750,000
Recipients:
American Crossroads, Restore Our Future

10. (tie) Chris Shumway: Hedge fund manager who retired last year at age 45.
Donations: $750,000
Recipient:
Restore Our Future

11. Kenny Troutt: Billionaire founder of Excel Communications.
Donations:
$700,000
Recipients:
American Crossroads, Make Us Great Again (pro-Perry)

12. John Templeton: Runs the John Templeton Foundation, a nonprofit started by his late father, a wildly successful investor.
Donations: $550,000
Recipients:
Red White and Blue Fund (pro-Santorum), Raising Red, and American Crossroads

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