Adelsons Gave $2 Million to Republican Governors Group

Add the Republican Governors Association to the long list of party political groups that Sheldon and Miriam Adelson helped fund during the 2012 elections.

The casino executive and his physician wife together gave $2 million to the RGA in October, according to a filing it made with the Internal Revenue Service on Dec. 6.

The Adelsons gave tens of millions of dollars to Republican groups in the 2012 election, including $33 million in the last three weeks of the election to two super-political action committees aiding Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The RGA raised $10 million between Oct. 1 and Nov. 26 from donors including the Adelsons and billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer, who gave $1 million in October and $1.25 million this year.

John Paulson, a New York hedge fund manager, and Seth Klarman, founder of Boston-based Baupost Group LLC, each donated $250,000 to the RGA. Microsoft Corp. donated $250,000, bringing its year-to-date contributions to $275,000.

The RGA spent $19 million in October and early November on governor’s races including one in North Carolina, where Pat McCrory’s win on Nov. 6 gave Republicans a 30th governorship, compared with 19 for Democrats and one for an independent. Republicans are the defending party in 22 of the 36 governors’ races in 2014.

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