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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Adelson, Katzenberg Are Top Donors

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October 19, 2012

As the 2012 election cycle looks to be the most expensive in history, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg are the top donors in the presidential race, the Associated Press reported.

Adelson, owner of the Las Vegas Sands casino empire, and his family gave a whopping $34.2 million to support GOP nominee Mitt Romney and Katzenberg, the DreamWorks Animation CEO, has contributed about $2.6 million to the effort to re-elect the president.

Other top donors to Romney’s efforts include three Texas money moguls: Owner of Contran Corp, a Dallas-based conglomerate, Harold Simmons, who gave $16 million; Head of Houston real estate empire Bob J. Perry, who gave $15.3 million; and the head of Dallas-based RTR Holdings Robert Rowling, who contributed $4.1 million. Fifth on the list is William Koch, who owns a Florida-based energy and mining business and has donated $3 million. 


Obama’s top five is a bit more diverse. Number two is Irwin Jacobs, the founder and former chairman of global semiconductor company Qualcomm, who gave $2.1 million. Tied for third place is Fred Eychaner, founder of Chicago-based alternative-newspaper publisher Newsweb Corp., and Michigan philanthropist Jon Stryker, who have each contributed lightly more than $2 million. Steve Mostyn, a Houston-based personal injury attorney, also gave a bit more than $2 million. 

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