Casino executive Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam have given $53.4 million to candidates, parties and political action committees for the 2012 elections, according to the latest figures from the Center for Responsive Politics.
The two gave $20 million to Restore Our Future, the super political action committee supporting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and almost doublehandedly kept former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the Republican presidential race by giving $15 million to Winning Our Future, a super-PAC backing his candidacy.
Adelson, the chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., also gave the following:
- $2.5 million to the Congressional Ladership Fund, the super-PAC associated with House Speaker John Boehner.
- $500,000 to the Treasure Coast Jobs Coalition, which is backing Tea Party favorite Allen West’s House re-election campaign.
- $1.5 million to Independence Virginia, which is supporting Republican George Allen’s bid to reclaim the U.S. Senate seat in Virginia he lost six years ago.
- $500,000 to Patriot Prosperity PAC, the super-PAC backing Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the Republican nominee against incumbent Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. in New Jersey.