A pro-Trump super PAC has received a late $70m cash injection from the American businessman Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Adelson as President Donald Trump’s campaign was outperformed on fundraising in September.
Federal Election Commission filings show the Adelsons donated millions to the Preserve America super PAC, which produces digital anti-Joe Biden content, in August and September this year.
According to the filings first reported by Politico ahead of their official release, the sizeable donations from the Adelsons make up the lion’s share of contributions to the super PAC in September.
Politico also reported back in August that President Trump had confronted Sheldon Adelson over his supposedly lacking campaign contributions in August during a phone call about the economy and a second COVID-19 relief bill.
The Preserve America PAC bankrolled by the couple has produced several adverts attacking Democratic nominee Biden’s record over the past couple of months, painting the ex-vice president as weak on the economy and law and order.
Its website also claims that Biden would “burn down our economy” and fail to “protect seniors” if he were to win the White House in just a few weeks’ time.
“Joe Biden won’t stop the violence. Joe Biden is too weak to lead America” one Preserve America advert titled “Stood Silent” said. “He’s the wrong man for these times.”
The Adelsons donated to the new anti-Biden super PAC established at the end of August as the Trump re-election campaign’s fundraising numbers trailed Biden’s by almost $136 million.
Fundraising numbers released by the Democratic challenger’s campaign showed that the former vice president had raised a record $383 million in September—or more than double the figure raised by Hillary Clinton at the same point in the 2016 election cycle.
The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee raised a little under $248 million by comparison, putting them at a disadvantage before the inevitable ad blitz in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign.
Announcing the new finance data, Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh tweeted: “President Trump hits final stretch with strength, resources, record & huge ground game needed to spread message and secure re-election.”
Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign for comment, and will update this article with any response. The Adelsons were also approached for further comment through the Adelson Family Foundation, but Newsweek did not receive a response by time of publication.