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Adelson gave Allen Senate effort $2.5m just before election

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Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson gave $2.5 million to a super PAC backing George Allen's bid to regain his U.S. Senate seat in Virginia in the final days of a race Allen ultimately lost.

Independence Virginia, a pro-Allen super PAC, received $1 million from Adelson on Nov. 1, just days after the wealthy Las Vegas casino owner sent the committee $1.5 million, according to campaign finance reports. In all, Adelson donated $4 million to Independence Virginia.

Allen eventually lost to Democrat Tim Kaine.

Adelson spent more than $100 million on Republican candidates this campaign cycle.

The super PAC backing Allen also received $30,000 from investor John Templeton and $25,000 from Alpha Natural Resources, a Virginia-based coal company, in the weeks before the election. In all, the committee took in more than $5 million, with half coming after mid-October.

A super PAC backing Kaine, the New Virginia PAC, took in less than $100,000.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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