Individual donors to presidential candidates can contribute up to $2,500 for the state-by-state party nominating contests and another $2,500 for the general election. But independent groups called Super PACs have no limits on what they can raise from individuals, corporations or labor unions.
Here is a look at wealthy individuals who have contributed at least $1 million to the major "super" political action committees as disclosed to the Federal Election Commission.
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RESTORE OUR FUTURE
Total raised as of September 30: $110.5 million
(Supports Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney)
PRIORITIES USA ACTION
Total raised as of September 30: $50.1 million
(Supports Democratic President Barack Obama)
Total raised as of September 30: $68 million
(Supports Republican candidates for federal offices)
(Reporting by Patrick Temple-West, Alexander Cohen and Alina Selyukh; editing by Todd Eastham)