Gingrich to Get $10M From Billionaire Backer

Sheldon Adelson will write another big check to super PAC

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 17, 2012 12:48 PM CST

(Newser) – It's good news for Newt Gingrich—and maybe Mitt Romney: Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson will fork over at least $10 million more to the pro-Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future, a source tells CBS News. That about doubles the family's contribution to the super PAC, whose barrage of ads helped Gingrich win South Carolina.

Why good news for Romney? One theory has it that Adelson is helping Gingrich now simply to keep Rick Santorum from getting the nomination—because he sees Romney as having the best chance to beat President Obama. (Click for the latest on that other billionaire political donor, who's been making headlines with aspirin advice.)

Newt Gingrich speaks in Los Angeles earlier this week.
Newt Gingrich speaks in Los Angeles earlier this week.   (Getty Images)
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