The information below comes from Open Secrets.org/federal records. Below is the link. Items 6 and 7 below the link comes from the web site.
6 Soros Fund Management $200,000 $200,000 $0
7 Duquesne Family Office $150,000 $150,000
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported the pace of donations to two pro-Gov. John Kasich super PACs slowed dramatically in the last half of 2015, although the PACs have picked up multimillion-dollar donations since the first of the year.
Between July 1 and Dec. 31, contributors donated about $6 million to New Day for America and New Day Independent Media Committee, both super PACs supporting Kasich's presidential bid, according to information provided by the PACs. In the previous months of 2015, the PACs had taken in $11.7 million. Combined, the PACs reported a balance of about $2 million cash on hand on Jan. 1.
By comparison, a super PAC supporting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio raised more than $30 million last year, $14 million on which came in during the last six months of the year. The Rubio super PAC, Conservative Solution PAC, started 2016 nearly $14 million in the bank, as he Kasich and a several other Republicans compete to emerge as the establishment-backed alternative to billionaire Donald Trump and firebrand Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
According to filings with the IRS and the Federal Election Commission, big money donors to the PACs in the last half of 2015 included:
· $1 million - Kevin Clifford, president and CEO of American Funds, an investment management firm.
· $500,000 - Gordon Gund, CEO of Gund Investment Group. A Cleveland native, Gun owned the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1983 to 2005.
· $250,000 - Wendt Family Trust, a California trust linked to Greg Wendt, a San Francisco investor.
· $250,000 - Venture capitalist Michael Goguen of New York-based Sequoia Ventures.
· $250,000 - Abigail S. Wexner, married to Leslie Wexner, who founded L Brands, including The Limited, Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works.
· $250,000 - Nueterra Holdings LLC, a Leawood, Kansas-based healthcare facility development and management company.
· $200,000 - Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp.; executive co-chair, 21st Century Fox.
· $200,000 - Scott Bessent, formerly chief investment manager at Soros Management, now manager of hedge fund Key Square Group.
The PACs' fundraising pace has picked up over the last two weeks, as Kasich has improved in polls and attracted attacks from rivals. Along with the total from the second half of 2015, New Day for America has received about $4 million from six donors over the last two weeks or so, an official with the PAC says. The amount can help give Kasich’s campaign staying power through the next round of primaries.
The donors include two of the four people who had given million-dollar gifts to the PAC when it first launched. Longtime Kasich supporter Abigail Wexner, whose husband, Les, is CEO of retail company L Brands in Columbus, gave Kasich thousands when he ran for re-election in 2014, but supported Kasich’s 2010 Democratic opponent, then-Gov. Ted Strickland. Greg Wendt, a San Francisco investor, was a major supporter of John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid and donated $150,000 to a Mitt Romney super PAC in 2011 and 2012.
The PAC has no contribution limits, but must raise and spend its money independently of Kasich’s campaign. Politico first reported the donations.
“I know a couple of billionaires, but I can’t seem to get any money out of them,” Kasich joked last week at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa, before the PAC’s new fundraising haul became public.
Kasich’s and his allies’ fundraising has lagged that of most competitors throughout the lead-up to the primaries. Since first exploring a bid for president last spring, Kasich has said his fundraising would skyrocket if he could pull off a win or a strong showing in New Hampshire, whose primary is Feb. 9. In the Granite State, he’s in a tight battle for second place behind billionaire frontrunner Donald Trump.
“If I do well in this state, now when I talk, people are going to hear me,” he said two weeks ago at campaign event in Lebanon, New Hampshire. “Nobody knows who I am in America, but they know who I am in New Hampshire. And if in this state, I can perform well, which we think we will, I’m going to be the Republican nominee.”
Kasich’s strategy assumes the establishment frontrunner out of New Hampshire will attract money and votes as mainstream Republicans seek to defeat Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. His PAC had focused most of its money on New Hampshire, but much of the latest round of $4 million in donations will go toward efforts in the next two states, South Carolina and Nevada.
Kasich needs new donations to help him withstand attacks if he gains momentum out of New Hampshire. GOP campaign operatives often whisper about wanting to avoid the fate that befell McCain in the 2000 campaign, when he defeated George W. Bush in New Hampshire, but then lost the South Carolina primary in part because of limited finances to fight off Bush's well-funded attacks.
“The slime machines are getting cranked up, and they’re all going to bash me, because I’m rising,” Kasich said at the Lebanon campaign event. “We’ll see if we withstand it.”