Post-Newt, Adelson donates $5m. to GOP PAC

Donations follow more than $16 million Adelson and his wife gave to a Super PAC backing Gingrich.

April 16, 2012 18:51
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Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson 311 R. (photo credit: Reuters)

WASHINGTON – Though Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has faltered, key financial backer Sheldon Adelson has given more contributions to help the GOP defeat the Democrats.

The Netanyahu confidante and his Israeli-born wife Miriam have donated $5 million to a GOP Super PAC that tries to get Republicans elected to the US House of Representatives, according to new filing reports released Sunday.

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The donations come on top of more than $16 million the couple gave to a Super PAC backing Gingrich that keep his campaign operation going despite significantly trailing front-runner Mitt Romney.

Adelson has emerged as one of the major givers to the new Super PAC structure created in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and the donation to the Congressional Leadership Fund demonstrates that Adelson intends to use his money to play a role in the 2012 races beyond supporting a longtime political ally.

Huffington Post writer Paul Blumenthal said Monday that the Congressional Leadership Fund contribution “solidifies Adelson’s place as the most influential donor so far this cycle and shows that Republican donors will not focus all of their attention, and money, on the presidential race.”

The Congressional Leadership Fund was launched with the help of the major GOP House Leadership and is chaired by Norm Coleman, the Jewish former Minnesota senator. Contributions to the fund have mostly otherwise been modest, with Adelson’s money dramatically increasing its resources.

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