Sheldon Adelson gives $1.2M to super PAC supporting McCain
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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson made a $1.2 million donation to a super PAC linked with Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainObama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Mark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego More than 300 military family members endorse Biden MORE (R-Ariz.), according to ProPublica.


Adelson made the donation to the Arizona Grassroots Action PAC, which is aligned with the Arizona senator, in mid-August.

Republican donors Paul Singer and Sam Fox also made sizable donations to the super PAC, giving $250,000 each.

A recent poll by Emerson College showed McCain leading the Senate race in Arizona, up by 16 points over his Democratic challenger, Rep. Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickArizona Rep. Tom O'Halleran wins Democratic primary Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick wins Democratic primary Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE.

Adelson has been a major donor to Republican candidates up and down the ballot. He spent about $100 million on Republicans in 2012.

He endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE in May but has been slow to fork over the millions of dollars he has given to presidential candidates in the past. It was reported last month that he planned to donate $5 million to support Trump, although it's not clear if the money has reached the campaign yet.

He has this cycle focused his deep pockets on helping down-ballot Republicans, especially in the Senate, which would be easier for Democrats to reclaim.

In August, Adelson and his wife gave $20 million to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC linked with Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Trump blasts Obama speech for Biden as 'fake' after Obama hits Trump's tax payments White House hoping for COVID-19 relief deal 'within weeks': spokeswoman MORE (R-Ky.). The fund is working to preserve and expand the chamber's GOP majority.

He has also given $1.5 million to a group helping Republican Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteBottom line The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Senate makes SCOTUS nominee Barrett a proxy for divisive 2020 Senate Republicans scramble to put Trump at arm's length MORE hold her New Hampshire seat. 

Adelson reportedly planned to spend some $45 million on the 2016 races.