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Big Checks Strengthen Super PACs

Super PACs collect contributions in unlimited amounts for making independent expenditures, and new disclosure reports show some donors are willing to write a check for a quarter of a million dollars, or more.  

American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic-oriented super PAC reported the following major donors: Mark Heising , investor, Medley Partners Management CA), $500,000; Ann Earhart , investor (CA) $400,000; Susie Buell , retired (CA) $250,000; Amy Fowler , author (NY) $250,000; and Phillip Ragon , founder, InterSystems (MA) $250,000.  

Friends of Democracy, a Democratic-oriented super PAC reported receiving $500,000 from Jonathan Soros , CEO, JS Capital Management LLC (NY).  

Americans for Common Sense, a Republican-oriented super PAC, reported receiving $500,000 from Angelo Tsakopoulos , chairman, AKT Development (CA).  

Character Counts PAC, a Republican-oriented super PAC, reported receiving $322,000 from Gary Davis , president, AAT Carriers(TN).  

Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, a super PAC formed by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., reported receiving $250,000 from Kelly Dale , homemaker (CA). They also received $100,000 from Louis Bacon, CEO of Moore Capital Management (NY).  

West Main Street Values PAC, a Republican-oriented super PAC, reported receiving $250,000 from Michael Bloomberg , president of Bloomberg Inc. (NY).  

Americans for a Better Future, a super PAC started by Nick Morris , a real estate broker in Monmouth, New Jersey, with a $330,000 contribution on March 26, 2014, from Morris, reported refunding the $330,000 to Morris on April 1st.  

Other super PACs reported $100,000 donations, for example:  

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a Republican-oriented super PAC, received $100,000 from Sam Fox , chairman and CEO of the Harbour Group (MO).  

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican-oriented super PAC, reported receiving $100,00 from James Davis , chairman of New Balance Shoe Inc. (MA), and $100,000 from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Virginia Progress, a Democratic-oriented super PAC, reported receiving $100,000 from David Mixer , consultant, Middleland Capital (RI), and $100,000 from Eric Schmidt , executive chairman, Google Inc. (CA).