WASHINGTON — Las Vegas mogul Sheldon Adelson and his family have another $5 million to play with.
The billionaire casino developer is on track to be the biggest individual player in this year’s presidential contest, having boasted that he is willing to spend $100 million or more. He and his wife recently gave $10 million to Restore Our Future, a "super PAC" backing Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Earlier in the campaign, Adelson and his relatives contributed $21.5 million to Winning Our Future, a super PAC supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination. But when Gingrich bowed out in early May, the group still had $5.6 million in the bank.
So on May 2, Winning Our Future refunded $5 million to Adelson’s wife, Miriam, according to campaign finance reports filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission. May 2 was the day that Gingrich suspended his candidacy.