Adelson’s Late $2.5 Million Couldn’t Stop Kaine’s Virginia Win

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U.S. Senator-elect Tim Kaine speaks to his supporters after winning the Virginia U.S. Senate seat, on Nov. 6, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia.

Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson gave $2.5 million in the waning days of the Nov. 6 election to a Republican super-political action committee that was on the losing side of a key U.S. Senate race in Virginia.

The super-PAC, Independence Virginia, worked to elect Republican George Allen, who lost to Democrat Tim Kaine. The PAC disclosed the donation in a filing today to the Federal Election Commission.

Adelson accounted for more than 98 percent of the $2.55 million that the super-PAC raised between Oct. 18 and Nov. 26, the filing said. Adelson previously donated $1.5 million on Oct. 12 to the super-PAC, which took in $5.17 million for the campaign.

Adelson donated tens of millions of dollars to Republican super-PACs in the past two years. An exact accounting of his political donations is problematic because non-profit groups active in politics don’t have to disclose donors.

Kaine defeated Allen by 53 percent to 47 percent, according to unofficial vote returns. Kaine will succeed Democrat Jim Webb, who didn’t seek re-election.


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