Democratic billionaires boost pro-Obama super PAC

The report offered some encouraging signs for a PAC that had been worrying Democrats with its sluggish fundraising, revealing a mix of new mega donors and returning ones who increased their contribution levels and drawing heavily from the worlds of entertainment and gay rights activism.

Its biggest donation – $2 million – came from telecom billionaire Irwin Jacobs, who had not previously given to the Obama super PAC. And Priorities received $1 million each from Chicago media mogul Fred Eychaner, an Obama campaign bundler and prominent gay rights supporter who had previously donated $500,000, and star actor Morgan Freeman, a newcomer to big-political-check writing.

It also received $750,000 from billionaire heir Jon Stryker, a big donor to gay rights causes, and $333,333 from billionaire media entrepreneur Haim Saban, who was among a handful of major Democratic donors who had been intensely courted for months to write a big check to support Obama and his Democratic congressional allies.