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UPDATED February 1, 2012

Who's Financing the "˜Super PACs'

The Times tracked donors to "super PACs" as they filed reports on Tuesday detailing their activities in the final three months of 2011. Unlike candidates, who can raise a maximum of $2,500 per person for each election, super PACs are independent from candidates and can raise unlimited amounts from individuals, corporations and labor unions, and spend unlimited amounts to support or oppose a candidate.

Candidate ties

Groups run or advised by candidate's former staff or associates

Super PAC

Major donors

Individuals or corporations

who gave $25,000 or more

Share from large donors

Donations of $25,000 or more

Total raised

Through Dec. 31

Mitt Romney

Restore Our Future

Created by former aides to Mitt Romney, this super PAC is running advertisements in Florida, Nevada and Arizona to oppose Newt Gingrich.

View Latest Filing at FEC.gov »

Edward Conard

Investor and former top executive at Bain Capital, the private equity firm Mr. Romney helped start. $1.0 million

Robert Mercer

Co-chief executive at Renaissance Technologies Corp., a hedge fund company. $1.0 million

John Paulson

Founder of the hedge fund Paulson & Company. Well known for earning billions of dollars betting against the subprime mortgage market. $1.0 million

Bob Perry

Houston homebuilder who was a major financier of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004. $1.0 million

Julian Robertson

Founder of Tiger Management, a hedge fund. $1.0 million

Paul Singer

Manager of Elliot Associates hedge fund. $1.0 million

Eli Publishing Inc.

Shares a Provo, Utah, address with F8 LLC. $1.0 million


Shares a Provo, Utah, address with Eli Publishing Inc. $1.0 million


An Idaho-based health and wellness products company; donations were made under the names of four associated companies.



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I heard about Melaleuca on the Rachel Maddow show. She reported on Frank Vandersloot, CEO, and his connection to the Romney campaign as its financial vice-chair. This is from her 2/20/12 show under the title, "2012 shapes up as battle of the billionaires."

Also, there is a Salon article on Vandersloot & Romney titled, "Billionaire Romney donor uses threats to silence critics," by Glenn Greenwald

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 12:02 PM PST.

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