Mega Donors Beef Up Santorum Super PAC

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The super PAC supporting Rick Santorum more than doubled its total donations in February.

Red, White and Blue Fund reported $2.9 million raised in February to bring its total receipts to $5.8 million, according to the Federal Election Commission. But one of the fund's best fundraising months still greatly lagged front-runner Mitt Romney's supporting super PAC.

Restore Our Future, which backs Romney, raised $6.4 million in February to bump its election cycle total to $43.2 million.

Endorse Liberty, the main super PAC behind Ron Paul, reported just $282,466 in the same month as the Texas congressman's campaign outraised the super PAC with $3.3 million from supporters.

More than one-third of Red, White and Blue Fund's February donations came from one person, Annette Simmons, wife of mega donor Harold Simmons; she gave $1 million. Annette Simmons is listed as an executive at Contran Corp., which her husband owns. Harold Simmons also is chairman of the holding company Valhi ( VHI).

Top Red, White and Blue Fund individual donors included William Dore, president of Dore Energy, who gave $500,000 to add himself to a short list of million-dollar super PAC donors as Dore raised his total donations to $1.5 million.

Foster Friess , the Wyoming billionaire who delivered a controversial contraceptive joke last month, donated another $600,000 to bring his total to $1.3 million. Friess had been the biggest donor to Santorum's super PAC until Dore surpassed him in the latest reports.

Jack Caveney, a retired man from Florida, gave $200,000 in February; James Gagan, listed as a self-employed entrepreneur, gave $100,000; and Norman Miller, chairman of Interstate Batteries, donated $100,000 to round out the list of six-figure and higher donors.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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