Jon Huntsman Sr. provided nearly $2 million to the "Our Destiny" super PAC out of $2.7 million raised in an effort to put his son in the White House, according to a Federal Election Commission filing.
Huntsman was presumed to be the major backer of the outside spending group. He is chairman of Huntsman Corp., a global chemical company. Jon Huntsman Jr., a former ambassador to China and ex-Utah governor, dropped out of the race after losing badly in New Hampshire.
Huntsman quit Jan. 16 and endorsed Mitt Romney.
Virtually all of the independent expenditures made by Our Destiny presented Huntsman in a positive light. The former governor positioned himself as the only candidate who could defeat President Barack Obama in the general election.
Among some of the other donors were Peter Arnott of Research Affiliates LLC, who gave $250,000; Jim and Christy Walton of Wal-Mart fame, who together gave $150,000 and C. Boyden Gray, a Washington, D.C. lawyer and former appointee of George W. Bush, who gave $50,000.
The super PAC shows $127,000 cash on hand with no debt.