Super PAC donors by the numbers

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From left: Sheldon Adelson, Peter Thiel, Foster Friess and Jeffrey Katzenberg
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Updated March 28

(CBS News) This week, the latest numbers on political fundraising were released, and super PACs, independent groups which are able to raise and spend unlimited amounts of cash, were once again a big part of the story.  CBS News tabulated who the biggest donors are and to which groups they gave.  Check it out below:

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Top Ten Super PAC Donors (2011-Feb. 2012)

Sheldon Adelson
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1. Sheldon Adelson & family. Total: $16.5 million.
Adelson is CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp.
All of his family's donations have gone to the pro-Newt Gingrich Winning Our Future.



Harold Simmons
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2. Harold Simmons/Contran. Total: $15.4 million.
Simmons is CEO of Dallas-based holding company Contran Corp. and publicly traded Valhi.

Simmons and his wife and his company have given $12 million to the pro-Republican American Crossroads; $1.1 million each the pro-Gingrich Winning Our Future and to Super PACs supporting Rick Perry; $1 million to the pro-Rick Santorum Red White and Blue Fund; and $200,000 to the pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future.

This is a Dec. 10, 2002 file photo of Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, posing at the sales center at one of his Houston developments. Perry is the nation's most generous individual political donor. He has been a leading advocate of laws to limit court awards against businesses and he is a financial benefactor to politicians and judges. He has donated more than $340,000 to the nine justices that will hear a case brought against his company by Bob and Jane Cull of Mansfield, Texas.
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3. Bob Perry. Total: $6.6 million.
Perry is a Houston-based homebuilder and president of Perry Homes.
Perry has given $4 million to the pro-Romney Restore Our Future, more than any other donor.
Perry also gave $2.5 million to American Crossroads and $100,000 to the pro-Perry Make Us Great Again.

4 (tie). Jerry Perenchio. Total: $2.6 million.
Perenchio, from Los Angeles, is the former chairman of Univision Spanish language television and chairs the investment firm Chartwell Partners.
Perenchio has given $2 million to American Crossroads and $500,000 to the pro-Romney Restore Our Future.
He also gave $100,000 to the pro-Jon Huntsman Our Destiny.

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4 (tie). Peter Thiel. Total: $2.6 million.
Thiel is CEO of Clarium Capital Management, in Palo Alto, CA.
Thiel has given $2.6 million to the pro-Ron Paul Endorse Liberty.



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6. Jon Huntsman, Sr. Total: $2.2 million.
Huntsman is CEO of Huntsman Corporation in Utah.

Huntsman gave $2.2 million to Our Destiny, the Super PAC that supported his son's candidacy.


7 (tie). Robert Rowling. Total: $2 million.
Rowling is president of the Texas investment firm, TRT Holdings, which owns Omni Hotels and Gold's Gyms.
Rowling and his firm have given $2 million to American Crossroads.

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7 (tie). Jeffrey Katzenberg. Total = $2 million.
Katzenberg is CEO of Dreamworks Animation.
Katzenberg gave $2 million to the pro-Obama Priorities USA.


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7 (tie). Steven Lund. Total: $2 million.
Lund is Vice Chairman of the Board of
cosmetics company Nu Skin, in Provo, Utah.
Lund is also the founder and registered agent of Eli Publishing; his son-in-law Jeremy Blickenstaff, is the registered agent of F8, which has the same address.
Both Eli Publishing and F8 gave $1 million to the pro-Romney Restore Our Future.

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10. Foster Friess. Total: $1.6 million.
Friess is a Wyoming-based founder of the investment firm Friess Associates.
Friess has given $1.6 million to the pro-Rick Santorum Red White and Blue Fund.


Donors who have given more than $1M (2011-Feb. 2012)

There are 25 donors who have $1 million or more to super PACs this cycle, and here's how many million-dollar donors gave to each Super PAC:

Pro-Romney Restore Our Future: 12
Pro-Republican American Crossroads: 6
Pro-Santorum Red White and Blue Fund: 3
Pro-Obama Priorities USA: 2
Pro-Gingrich Winning Our Future: 2
Pro-Paul Endorse Liberty: 1
Pro-Perry Make Us Great Again: 1
Pro-Huntsman Our Destiny: 1
Note: Harold Simmons gave $1 million to four super PACs, and Bob Perry gave $1 million to two super PACs.

$1 million donors for each super PAC:

PRO-ROMNEY RESTORE OUR FUTURE

1. Bob Perry,
home builder, from Texas -- $4 million ($3 million 2/15/12; $500,000 on 03/08/11 and 12/07/11)

2. Steven Lund
, NuSkin Vice Chairman, from Utah -- $2 million ($1 million each via Eli Publishing & F8, 03/31/11)

3. Julian Robertson
, CEO, Tiger Management hedge fund, from N.Y. -- $1.25 million ($1 million on 11/22/11; $250,000 01/18/12)

4. John Paulson,
President, Paulson & Co. hedge fund, from NY -- $1 million (01/28/11)

5. Ed Conard
, retired Bain Capital executive, from N.Y. -- $1 million (04/28/11)

6. Paul Edgerly,
Bain Capital executive, from Mass. -- $1 million (Edgerly and his homemaker wife, Sandra, from Brookline, Mass., each gave $500,000 05/19/11)

7. Paul Singer,
founder & CEO, Elliot Management Corp. hedge fund, from N.Y. -- $1 million (10/17/11)

8. Robert Mercer,
co-CEO, Renaissance Technologies hedge fund -- $1 million (07/28/11)

9. William Koch/Oxbow Carbon,
from FL -- $1 million (Koch gave $250,000 on 09/12/11 and Oxbow Carbon gave $250,000 on 09/13/11 and $500,000 on 12/21/11).

10. Mike Fernandez/MBF Healthcare Partners
, from FL -- $1 million. (Fernandez and MBF Family Investments each gave $500,000 07/29/11, listing the same address).

11. Melaleuca Companies
, headed by Frank Vandersloot, from Idaho -- $1 million (Four donations of $250,000 in Aug. 2011).

12. Rooney Holdings
, headed by Francis Rooney, from Oklahoma -- $1 million ($500, 000 on 07/19/11 and 12/07/11)

PRO-REPUBLICAN AMERICAN CROSSROADS

1. Harold Simmons/Contran -- $12 million ($5 million 01/13/12; $5 million 11/29/11; $1 million 10/16/11; $1 million 10/21/11).

2. Bob Perry
-- $2.5 million ($2 million 08/24/11; $500,000 02/28/11)

3. Jerry Perenchio
-- $2.5 million (04/22/11)

4. Robert Rowling
-- $2 million ($1 million 02/03/12; $1 million 05/20/11).

5. Whiteco Industries
, headed by Dean White, from Indiana -- $1 million (11/15/11)

6. Irving Moskowitz,
Founder and Chairman, Moskowitz Foundation, from California -- $1 million (02/14/12)

PRO-SANTORUM RED WHITE AND BLUE FUND

1. Foster Friess -- $1.6 million. ($600,000 on 02/21/12; $253,400 on 01/18/12; $415.,600 on 01/30/12; $81,000 12/22/11; $250,00 on 11/03/11)

2. William Dore,
President, Dore Energy Corporation, from Louisiana -- $1.5 million ($500,000 02/14/12; $1 million 01/11/12)

3. Harold/Annette Simmons
-- $1 million (02/15/12)

PRO-OBAMA PRIORITIES USA

1. Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO, DreamWorks Animation, California -- $2 million (05/27/11)

2. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) -- $1 million ($500,000 12/28.11; $500,000 05/02/11)

3. Bill Maher, entertainer, from California -- $1 million (02/28/12)

PRO-GINGRICH WINNING OUR FUTURE

1. Sheldon Adelson & family -- $16.5 million (mostly in January and February 2012).

2. Harold Simmons
-- $1.1 million ($500,000 on 12/15/11 and 01/12/12; $100,000 on 02/15/12).

PRO-PAUL ENDORSE LIBERTY

1. Peter Thiel -- $2.6 million ($700,000 01/13/12; $1 million 01/03/12; $750,000 12/21/11; $150,000 12/16/11)

PRO-RICK PERRY MAKE US GREAT AGAIN

1. Harold Simmons/Contran -- $1 million ($500,000 10/24/11 and 09/23/11)
Simmons also gave Americans for Rick Perry $100,000 06/27/12.

PRO-JON HUNTSMAN OUR DESTINY

1. Jon Huntsman Sr. -- $2.2 million (10 donations between Oct. 2011-Jan. 2012)

Super PAC donors who are billionaires (2011-Feb. 2012)

The following is a list of where 21 billionaire donors have given their money:

Pro-Romney Restore Our Future: 16
Pro-Republican American Crossroads: 3
Pro-Gingrich Winning Our Future: 2
Pro-Santorum Red White and Blue Fund: 1
Pro-Paul Endorse Liberty: 1
Pro-Perry Make Us Great Again: 1
Pro-Obama Priorities USA: 1
Pro-Democrat Super PACs: 1
Note: Harold Simmons gave to four super PACs, and Jerry Perenchio gave to two super PACs.

Billionaire donors for each super PAC:

PRO-ROMNEY BILLIONAIRES (ranked by donation amount)

1. Julian Robertson, 80, investments, NY, $2.5 billion.
He gave $1.25 million to pro-Romney Restore Our Future ($1 million 11/22/11 and $250,000 01/28/12). #166 on Forbes 400.

2. William Koch,
71, energy, FL, $4 billion.
He and his company, Oxbow Carbon, gave a combined $1 million to pro-Romney ROF on 9/12-13/2011, 12/12/11. #81 on Forbes.

3. John Paulson,
56, investor, NY , $12.5 billion.
He gave $1 million to pro-Romney ROF on 01/28/11. #17 on Forbes 400.

4. J.W. "Bill" Marriott,
80, hotels, MD, $1.6 billion.
He gave $500,000 to pro-Romney ROF on 06/15/11. #331 on Forbes 400.

5. Richard Marriott
, 73, hotels, MD, $1.7 billion.
He gave $500,000 to pro-Romney ROF on 6/20/11. #312 on Forbes 400.

6. Bruce Kovner
, 67, investor, NY, $4.5 billion.
He gave $500,000 to pro-Romney ROF on 01/17/12. #73 on Forbes 400.

7. Jerry Perenchio,
81, television, CA, $2.3 billion.
He gave $500,000 to pro-Romney on 02/23/12. #171 on Forbes 400.

8. Paul Tudor Jones,
57, investor, CT, $3.4 billion.
He gave $200,000 to pro-Romney ROF on 12/28/11. #107 on Forbes.

9. Jim Walton,
63, Wal-Mart, AR , $23.7 billion.
He gave $100,000 to pro-Romney ROF on 10/07/11. #9 on Forbes 400.

10. Alice Walton,
61, Wal-Mart, TX, $23.3 billion.
She gave $100,000 to pro-Romney ROF on 10/07/11. #10 on Forbes 400.

11. Ken Griffin
, 43, investor, IL, $3 billion.
He gave $100,000 to pro-Romney ROF on 12/15/11 and again on 02/09/12. #117 on Forbes 400.

12. Steve Ross,
71, real estate, NY, $3.1 billion.
He gave $100,000 to pro-Romney ROF on 12/19/11. #114 on Forbes 400.

13. Steven Roth,
69 real estate, NY, $1.05 billion.
He gave $100,000 to pro-Romney ROF on 11/13/11. #397 on Forbes 400.

14. Harold Simmons,
80, investments, TX, $9 billion.
He gave $100,000 to pro-Romney ROF on 02/28/12 and again on 01/13/12. #33 on Forbes 400.

15. Marc Rowan,
49, investor, NY, $1.45 billion.
He and his wife Carolyn gave a total of $55,000 to pro-Romney ROF over five occasions in 2011. #309 on Forbes 400

16. Sam Zell,
70, real estate, IL , $4.7 billion.
He gave $50,000 to pro-Romney ROF on 12/05/11. #66 on Forbes 400.

PRO-REPUBLICAN BILLIONAIRES

1. Harold Simmons, 80, investor, TX, $9 billion.
Through February 2012, he and his company, Contran, gave $12 million to American Crossroads. #33 on Forbes 400.

2. Jerry Perenchio,
81, television, CA, $2.3 billion.
He gave $2 million to American Crossroads on 04/22/11. #171 on Forbes 400.

3. Robert Rowling,
58, investments, TX, $4.8 billion.
He gave $1 million to American Crossroads on 05/20/11 and again on 02/03/12. #66 on Forbes 400.

PRO-GINGRICH BILLIONAIRES

1. Sheldon Adelson, 78, casinos, NV, $24.9 billion.
He and his family gave a combined $16.5 million to pro-Gingrich Winning Our Future between December 2011 and February 2012. # 8 on Forbes 400.

2. Harold Simmons,
80, investor, TX, $9 billion.
He gave $1 million to WOF in Dec. 11-Jan '12. #33 on Forbes 400.

PRO-SANTORUM BILLIONAIRES

1. Harold Simmons, 80, investor, TX, $9 billion
His wife, Annette, gave $1 million to the Pro-Santorum Red White and Blue Fund (02/15/12). #33 on Forbes 400.

PRO-RON PAUL BILLIONAIRES

1. Peter Thiel, 44, Paypal/Facebook, CA, $1.5 billion.
He gave a $900,000 to pro-Ron Paul Super PAC Endorse Liberty in December 2011 and $1.7 million in January 2012. #293 on Forbes.

PRO-PERRY BILLIONAIRES

1. Harold Simmons, 80, investor, TX, $9 billion
His company Contran gave $500,000 to Make Us Great Again on 10/24/11 and 09/23/11. Simmons also gave Americans for Rick Perry $100,000 06/27/12. #33 on Forbes 400.

PRO-OBAMA BILLIONAIRES

1. Steven Spielberg, 64, movies, CA, $3 billion.
He gave $100,000 to pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA on 07/18/11. #117 on Forbes 400.

PRO-DEMOCRAT BILLIONAIRES

1. George Soros, 81, investor, NY, $20 billion.
He gave $75,000 to the pro-Democrat House Majority PAC on 05/19/11 and $100,000 to the pro-Senate Democrat Majority PAC on 12/29/11. #7 on Forbes 400.

  • Phil Hirschkorn

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