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Sheldon Adelson's Family Members Funded Half Of Newt Super PAC's 2011 Haul


"No comment, thank you, thank you, bye bye," Oren Lukatz, one of the $250,000 donors, told TPM when reached by phone on Tuesday evening. An online resume describes him as a freelance new media designer who did projects for the Adelson Family Foundation and worked as an assistant to the President of the Venetian Hotel Resort and Casino in 2003 and 2004. He previously worked as a lawyer in Israel and a lieutenant in the Israeli Army from 1987 until 1991 and his interests include design, travel, surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding.

Yasmin Lukatz, who also gave $250,000, is the daughter of Adelson's wife Miriam and works as a casino executive with Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corporation. An obituary identifies Oren as Yasmin's husband.

Miriam's other daughter Sivan studied astrophysics and business administration in the U.S., according to and according to the Jewish Daily Forward "identifies alternately as a homemaker and a senior analyst for Las Vegas Sands."

Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam reportedly provided a combined $10 million to Winning Our Future in January, but that number wouldn't have to be disclosed for another month.

Winning Our Future also reported $500,000 donations from both W.S. Propst, a Alabama real estate investor, and Harold Simmons, the chairman and CEO of the Contran Corporation, which provide the vast bulk of the rest of the group's 2011 funding. A total of just 18 donors provided the $2,080,250 final sum.

Additional reporting by Clayton Ashley.