Adelson Donates $1.5 Million to Virginia Super-PAC Helping Allen

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George Allan, who is running for one of Virginia's U.S. Senate seats, speaks at a campaign rally with Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan in Manassas, Virginia.

Sheldon Adelson has cut another seven-figure check, this time to a super-political action committee aiding Republican George Allen in Virginia’s competitive Senate race.

The billionaire casino executive gave $1.5 million on Oct. 12 to Independence Virginia PAC, which is helping Allen against Democratic nominee Tim Kaine, according to a filing today with the Federal Election Commission. Adelson has given millions to Republican organizations including super-PACs helping Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Adelson’s donation accounted for 98 percent of the $1.53 million that Independence Virginia PAC raised in the first 17 days of this month, the FEC filing said. Independence Virginia PAC began airing a television ad last week that attacks Kaine on fiscal policy.

In a separate FEC filing, Independence Virginia PAC said today it was spending $1.5 million on broadcast and cable advertising and $134,322 on direct mail opposing Kaine, bringing the group’s spending in the Virginia Senate race to $3.9 million.

Independence Virginia PAC received $1 million this year from Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, another prominent Republican super-PAC donor.

Allen, a former senator and governor, and Kaine, a former governor and Democratic National Committee chairman, are seeking the seat of retiring Democrat Jim Webb, who unseated Allen in 2006.

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