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Sheldon G. Adelson, the third-richest American in Forbes magazine's rankings last year, is chairman and chief executive of the casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. and the creator of Comdex, the huge high-tech trade show.

Kevin E. Moley, former U.S. ambassador to international organizations in Geneva. He was a senior adviser to Dick Cheney during the 2000 campaign, and he and his immediate family have contributed more than $100,000 to Republican candidates and party committees.

Howard Leach, former ambassador to France, chief executive of Leach Capital Corp. and president of Foley Timber and Land Co. in Florida. A Bush "Pioneer," Leach contributed $100,000 to the president's inaugural committee, helped fund the Florida recount, and financed GOP campaigns with more than $225,000 in 1999 and 2000.

Anthony Gioia, former ambassador to Malta and the head of Gioia Management, who raised about $500,000 for Bush's first presidential campaign at one event in his Buffalo home.

Richard Fox, one of the major building, development and real estate management companies in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey and a longtime GOP activist. He co-founded the Republican Jewish Coalition.

Gary Erlbaum, owner of Greentree Properties in Ardmore, Pa., who tried to rally Orthodox Jewish support for last year's failed reelection bid of conservative Christian Sen. Rick Santorum. He has been a contributor to Rudolph W. Giuliani's presidential campaign, but he has backed some Democrats, including Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) and Rep. Nita M. Lowey (N.Y.).

AMERICANS UNITED FOR CHANGE

Since the umbrella group formed to beat back Bush's Social Security plan in 2005, it has become the clearinghouse for causes allied with the Democratic leadership.

Leadership:

Brad Woodhouse, president, a former press secretary for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and press secretary for Erskine Bowles's unsuccessful Senate bid in North Carolina against Elizabeth Dole.

Suzanne Granville, deputy executive director and former official in the AFL-CIO's women's department.

Donors and key players:


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