Top 10 super PAC donors for 2012 election cycle

Rank Name Total Given Ideology
1 Sheldon Adelson & family (see profile) $53.7 million Republican
2 Harold Simmons & wife, companies (see profile) $26.9 million Republican
3 Bob Perry (see profile) $21.5 million Republican
4 Joe Ricketts (see profile) $12.9 million Republican
5 Fred Eychaner (see profile) $12 million Democratic
6 National Education Association (see profile) $9 million Democratic
7 United Auto Workers (see profile) $8.6 million Democratic
8 Republican Governors Association (see profile) $8.3 million Republican
9 James H. Simons (see profile) $7.6 million Democratic
10 AFL-CIO (see profile) $6.4 million Democratic

Source/Methodology: Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission records. Totals include contributions from individuals, family members and corporations that are controlled by the individual super donor. Totals reflect donations made during 2011-2012 cycle, through Oct. 17.