Family Guy creator and new Oscar host Seth MacFarlane highlights a parade of A-list donors that propelled a pair of Congress-focused Democratic super PACs to new fundraising heights in October.
MacFarlane made a $150,000 contribution on Oct. 17.
Prominent unions such as the American Federation of Teachers ($700,000) and American Postal Workers Union ($500,000) also put up big numbers.
Billionaire investor George Soros contributed $250,000 to House Majority PAC, joining a number of unions and several individuals to also make six-figure donations during the first 17 days of October, new filings with the Federal Election Commission indicate.
Soros also gave pro-Barack Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action $1 million this month.
Arnold Hiatt, former president of shoemaker Stride Rite, donated $900,000 each to House Majority PAC and Majority PAC.
In all, Majority PAC raised $9.87 million and spent $9.33 million from Oct. 1-17 and ended up with $7.46 million in reserve. It also reported more than $552,000 in debt.
House Majority PAC, meanwhile, raised $6.72 million and spent $7.27 million during the month’s first 17 days. It had almost $5.2 million available on Oct. 17, records show.
Both super PACs have spent the bulk of their money in recent months on advertisements attacking Republican congressional candidates.
From POLITICO on October 26, 2012.