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A new batch of super PAC donor information arrived at the Federal Election Commission Monday, and among the top contributors was the nonprofit Americans for Limited Government, profiled by the Daily Disclosure on Monday after the organization released a Web video implying that Vice President Joe Biden was on drugs during last week’s vice presidential debate.

Americans for Limited Government gave 86 percent of the $1.7 million received by Now or Never PAC, which has spent most of its money opposing the candidacy of Democrat Tammy Duckworth. Duckworth is running for U.S. House in Illinois’ 8th District. Super PACs report donors to the FEC monthly or quarterly.

Super PACs that file quarterly are generally less well-known. For example, Restore Our Future, which favors Mitt Romney, brought in $9.4 million in August alone. American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal Super PAC that acts as a sort of opposition research arm for Democrats and produces anti-Romney Web videos, brought in $2.1 million for the third quarter. Notable contributors include the American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, a nonprofit that does not disclose donors, the National Education Association and top Democratic donor Barbara Stiefel.

America’s Next Generation, primarily an anti-President Barack Obama super PAC, was funded mostly by small donors, who helped contribute to its $1.1 million take in the third quarter.

The Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion nonprofit, recently created a super PAC, Women Speak Out PAC. Its quarterly report shows that it is funded almost entirely by Republican donor and investor Virginia James of New Jersey, a major donor to free-market super PAC Club for Growth Action, who gave $200,000.

A Republican super PAC targeting young voters, Crossroads Generation, only had two donors July through September: super PAC American Crossroads, co-founded by Karl Rove, and the Republican State Leadership Committee. Crossroads Generation was launched by those two groups along with the College Republican National Committee.

Many of the super PACs that filed reports Monday night are race-specific. The reports revealed that these super PACs are often out-of-state donors whose connections in the states they target are unclear.

Freedom PAC, which supports Republican Rep. Connie Mack’s run for U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, received major funding from Texas super donor Bob Perry, who gave $250,000, Wyoming super donor Foster Friess, who gave $50,000, and an organization called Americans for Liberty and Prosperity. Americans for Liberty and Prosperity is a political committee with backing from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida, among others.

Florida Freedom PAC, a liberal super PAC focused on Florida races for Congress and helping Obama, received all $2.9 million of its third-quarter support from the Service Employees International Union. A third Florida-specific super PAC, Treasure Coast Jobs Coalition, took in $1.1 million. The super PAC supports Republican Rep. Allen West, running in Florida’s 18th District. The super PAC received a $1 million contribution from New Jersey-based Richard Roberts of Mutual Pharmacy Co.

The quarterly filing report from Maine Freedom, the super PAC backing the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Maine, Charles Summers, showed only four donors: Paul George Coulombe of White Rock Distillery and his trust gave $100,000 each. The distillery operates a facility in Maine, though Coulombe is not based there. W.E. Bosarge of Quantlab Financial gave $100,000. He, too, is not based in Maine, though he owns a home there.

And billionaire John Malone of Liberty Media rounded out the group with another $100,000. Malone is the biggest private landowner in the country, including more than 1 million acres in Maine, according to The New York Times.

The tight race for U.S. Senate in Virginia heated up with the entrance of Independence Virginia, a super PAC supporting former Republican Sen. George Allen. It took in $1.1 million, with $1 million from super donor Perry and $10,000 from super donor Friess. Union super PACs were funded by small donors and union treasury funds:

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