Pro-Gingrich Super PAC gets more cash from Adelson

WASHINGTON Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:12pm EST

Campaign signs for Newt Gingrich are displayed along 32nd Street in Paradise Valley, Arizona, February 28, 2012.REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Campaign signs for Newt Gingrich are displayed along 32nd Street in Paradise Valley, Arizona, February 28, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A "Super PAC" supporting Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich received a new cash infusion from billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, according to a source familiar with the donation.

The Las Vegas tycoon and his family have given nearly $11 million to the group already, almost single-handedly funding the "super" political action committee (PAC), Winning Our Future.

The new contribution, which came in a few days ago, is "substantial" and comparable to previous ones, the source said, although declining to specify the amount. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a specific private donation.

The money comes at a critical moment for Gingrich, whose struggling campaign is hoping to do well enough on March 6 in several conservative states - including his home state of Georgia - to justify staying in the race.

Super PACs - which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to help candidates but are not supposed to coordinate with their campaigns - have spent millions of dollars on advertising, much of it negative.

Winning Our Future played a pivotal role for Gingrich just weeks ago, funding a media blitz against Mitt Romney and helping Gingrich win South Carolina's vote in the state-by-state contest to choose the Republican candidate to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.

Since that stunning January 21 win, the Super PAC and the former U.S. House of Representatives speaker himself have taken a back seat to the duel between Romney and Rick Santorum, the most recent candidate to surge and take over Gingrich's place as the anti-Romney option sought by many conservatives.

With the new money, the Super PAC is creating three new ads, the source said. One of them takes a stab at Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, and two show Gingrich's supporters speaking about their choice.

The ads will run in four of the 10 "Super Tuesday" states that vote on March 6: Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Ohio. They will also air in Kansas, which votes on March 10, and Alabama and Mississippi, which vote on March 13.

Gingrich is focused on a southern strategy for Super Tuesday, hoping that he will be back in the game if he does well in his home state of Georgia, as well as Oklahoma, Tennessee and other conservative states where he thinks Romney will fare poorly.

A loss in Georgia would deal a severe blow to any chance Gingrich has for the Republican nomination.

The deep-pocketed pro-Romney Super PAC, Restore Our Future, has continued to run anti-Gingrich ads in Georgia and has bought some $1.1 million worth of air time through Super Tuesday on top of another $82,000 in Internet advertising against Gingrich.

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Comments (8)
rasputyn wrote:
Very surprising. Must be ill-gotten gains that he is trying to launder.

March 24 1933.

Feb 28, 2012 11:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:
Romney is clearly getting desperate. Having his top contributor give money to Gingrich so that the Santorum vote is diluted. For now. It may work as a primary trick to get more delegates. But then there’s this thing called the general election. And if you’ve burned your base with gimmicks, the general election does not tend to go well. Every GOP bridge burned is a bridge that a Union Democrat gets to re-build better than it was built before.

I think the plastic surgery is starting to affect Adelson’s brain. Having your doctors fix your aging face to make you look like a mutant cross between Larry Flynt and Tammy Faye Baker was bound to take its toll :)

Feb 28, 2012 11:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
Karenis1 wrote:
Newt wants to increase revenue to the Treasury by drilling off shore and on Federal lands. This will not only balance our budget but eventually pay off our debt. It will also create millions of good paying jobs. The gas price will go down and the cost of goods will go down. Lastly we will not be trapped by the Middle East. Please join me and vote for Speaker Gingrich.

Feb 28, 2012 11:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
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