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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mystery Donors Dot Restore Our Future\'s Campaign Filing

The monthly campaign finance filing Friday by the pro-Romney “super PAC” Restore Our Future was dotted with contributions from corporate entities whose identities were often not entirely clear.

An entity called KSMK Venture II L.L.C., which listed an address in Peabody, Mass., contributed $200,000 to Restore Our Future on Sept. 11, bringing its total contributions to the super PAC to $250,000. It is not obvious on its face what KSMK is, but its address is the headquarters of Christian Book Distributors, a Goliath in the world of Christian book and music sales. The company's president, Ray Hendrickson, has contributed more than $70,000 to the Romney campaign and its joint fund-raising committee with the Republican National Committee.

Similarly, Hedge Holdings Development Company L.L.C. contributed $200,000 to Restore Our Future. The company is registered in Delaware, with little identifying information. But it shares a Manhattan address with Mason Capital, a hedge fund, run by Kenneth Garschina, who is on the board of trustees for the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank whose chairman is Paul Singer, the hedge fund mogul and a major Romney donor.

Another $100,000 came from a Nashville entity, Ebon Falcon L.L.C., a real estate company owned by Representative Diane Black, a Tennessee Republican, and her husband, David, who heads a forensic sciences firm.

A $200,000 donation from something called Meuchadim of Maine L.P., which actually listed an address in Hollywood, Fla., appears to be connected to Simon Falic, chairman of Duty Free Americas, the chain of airport duty-free shops, who is a major pro-Israel donor.

Some of the donations were tied to post office boxes, including $100,000 from Palmer American Holding Inc., in Garden City, Kan. The company appears connected to Cecil O'Brate, chairman of a manufacturer of steel and fiberglass storage tanks.

Kitty Bennett contributed research