Washington (CNN) - It is not your typical refund.
Miriam Adelson, the wife of Nevada casino mogul and major GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, got a $5 million refund for one of her contributions to Winning Our Future, the super PAC that almost single-handedly kept Newt Gingrich's campaign alive by running millions of dollars in ads on his behalf.
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Sheldon and Miriam Adelson donated a combined $20 million to the super PAC.
A day after Newt Gingrich suspended his campaign on May 1, Winning Our Future sent the $5 million refund to Mrs. Adelson.
That news was contained in the group's May disclosure report to the Federal Election Commission, which was filed Wednesday.
Once it was clear Gingrich was not going to win the nomination, the leaders of Winning Our Future met to decide what to do with its remaining money. They decided "the only right thing to do was to give the money back,” its senior adviser Rick Tyler told CNN.
Mrs. Adelson contributed a total of $12.5 million to the group, while her husband gave $7.5 million. Miriam Adelson’s last contribution to Winning Our Future was on March 21.
Sheldon Adelson is one of the wealthiest men in America. His fortune is estimated by Forbes Magazine at just under $25 billion.
Miriam Adelson is accomplished in her own right: She is an active Republican donor, a medical doctor, a fierce defender of her native Israel and involved along with her husband in a variety of business and philanthropic causes
Both Adelsons gave their first donations to the super PAC backing Mitt Romney, Restore Our Future, earlier this month when they contributed a total of $10 million, according to two sources with knowledge of the contribution.
Meanwhile the refund mostly depleted Winning Our Future of its cash. The group’s FEC report indicated the organization has $512,417 cash on hand as of the end of May. In total the super PAC raised $22,496,949 (89% of which came from the Adelsons). The group spent $21,832,864.
A representative of the Adelsons had no comment on the refund.
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