Eleven associations, unions and individuals have already given more than $1 million each to Super PACs in 2013, with more to be reported this week.
Super PACs cannot give directly to candidates but they can make independent expenditures for or against candidates. So far in 2013 Super PACs have reported receipts of over $61 million and disbursements of over $46 million. Democratic-oriented Super PAC have collect $38 million and spent $30 million. Republican-oriented Super PACs have collected $23 million and spent $16.5 million.
Super PACs will be reporting their donors who gave money in the last few months when they file their year-end report by January 31st.
The top donor, so far, giving to Super PACs in 2013 was the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), which contributed $7.3 million. The DGA gave all its funds to its own Super PAC, DGA Action.
The second largest donor was former New York City mayor and majority owner of Bloomberg LLP, Michael Bloomberg, who contributed $5.9 million. Almost all of it was given to his own Super PAC, Independence USA PAC. He also gave $250,000 to the Super PAC of former Rep. Gabrielle Gifford, D-Ariz., Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC.
The late Bob Perry of Perry Homes, who died in April of 2013, contributed $3.1 million. Two million went to Texans for a Conservative Majority. One million went to Senate Conservatives Action, and $100,000 went to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership.
Other top donors, so far, include:
United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners $1,897,292.
Thomas Steyer & NextGen Action $1,791,000.
Thomas Jordan (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, CA) $1,700,000.
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees $1,697,250.
National Education Association $1,403,950.
Harold Simmon's Contran Corp. $1,000,000.
Jonathan T. Soros $1,000,000.
Others, close to the million-dollar mark, include:
Cooperative of American Physicians $887,695.
J. Steve Mostyn & Mostyn Law Firm $850,000.
A full listing of donors giving more than $25,000 in 2013, as well as the detail on to whom they gave, can be found on Political MoneyLine's page for Super PACs and Independent Expenditures.