Restore Our Future, the outside group supporting former Gov. Mitt Romney, brought in more than $30 million in 2011, far outpacing other candidate-specific "super PACs" and even outraising some GOP candidates themselves.
The donor list reads like a "who's who" in the finance world, including three New York-based hedge fund managers -- Paul Singer, Robert Mercer and Julian Robertson -- who kicked in $1 million each.
The group also received a combined $1 million from the corporate affiliates of Melaleuca Inc., an Idaho-based producer of natural home and healthcare products. The company's chief executive, Frank VanderSloot, is the Idaho finance co-chairman for the Romney campaign and a fellow member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The holding company of Francis Rooney, former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, also contributed a total of $1 million to the group.