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Money, Money, Money, Money

February 7, 2013
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There is nothing wrong with having billions of dollars.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to spend those dollars influencing an election.
There is nothing wrong with trying to get away with it.

There is something wrong with a system where it is allowed to happen.

There is something profoundly wrong with individuals who pour millions into influencing political campaigns, and be allowed, legally, to get away with it.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to do exactly what this list of billionaires have done. What is profoundly disturbing is that they have poured tens of millions of dollars into trying to influence the political scene, when that money could have and probably should have been spent helping others.  There is even a trust fund, Donor’s Trust, set up so that these individuals can continue to influence the political agenda, even when they are dead.

Bernie Sanders began putting a list together of the billionaires who are trying to buy the country, and control Washington. There is nothing wrong with some megalomaniac wanting to rule the world.  We’ve seen the scenario played out time and time again in just about every James Bond movie ever made.

 The Rogues Gallery

  • 1. Sheldon Adelson, owner of the Las Vegas Sands Casino, is worth nearly $25 billion, making him the 14th wealthiest person in the world and the 7th richest person in America. While median family income plummeted by nearly 40% from 2007-2010, Mr. Adelson has experienced a nearly eightfold increase in his wealth over the past three years (from $3.4 billion to $24.9 billion). Forbes recently reported that Adelson is willing to spend a “limitless” amount of money or more than $100 million to help defeat President Obama in November.
  • 2. The Kochs (David, Charles, and William) are worth a combined $103 billion, according to Forbes. They have pledged to spend about $400 million during the 2012 election season. The Kochs own more wealth than the bottom 41.7 percent of American households or more than 49 million Americans.
  • 3. Jim Walton is worth $23.7 billion. He has donated $300,000 to super PACs in 2012.
  • 4. Harold Simmons is worth $9 billion. He has donated $15.2 million to super PACs this year.
  • 5. Peter Thiel is worth $1.5 billion. He has donated $6.7 million to Super PACs this year.
  • 6. Jerrold Perenchio is worth $2.3 billion. He has donated $2.6 million to super PACs this year.
  • 7. Kenneth Griffin is worth $3 billion and he has given $2.08 million to super PACs in 2012.
  • 8. James Simons is worth $10.7 billion and he has given $1.5 million to super Pacs this year.
  • 9. Julian Robertson is worth $2.5 billion and he has given $1.25 million to super PACs this year.
  • 10. Robert Rowling is worth $4.8 billion and he has given $1.1 million to super PACs.
  • 11. John Paulson, the hedge fund manager who made his fortune betting that the sub-prime mortgage market would collapse, is worth $12.5 billion. He has donated $1 million to super PACs.
  • 12. Richard and J.W. Marriott are worth a combined $3.1 billion and they have donated $2 million to super PACs this year.
  • 13. James Davis is worth $1.9 billion and he has given $1 million to super PACs this year.
  • 14. Harold Hamm is worth $11 billion and he has given $985,000 to super PACs this year.
  • 15. Kenny Trout is worth more than $1.2 billion and he has given $900,000 to super PACs this year.
  • 16. Louis Bacon is worth $1.4 billion and he has given $500,000 to super PACs this year.
  • 17. Bruce Kovner is worth $4.5 billion and he has given $500,000 to super PACs this year.
  • 18. Warren Stephens is worth $2.7 billion and he has given $500,000 to super PACs this year.
  • 19. David Tepper is worth $5.1 billion and he has given $375,000 to super PACs this year.
  • 20. Samuel Zell is worth $4.9 billion and he has given $270,000 to super PACs this year.
  • 21. Leslie Wexner is worth $4.3 billion and he has given $250,000 to super PACs this year.
  • 22. Charles Schwab is worth $3.5 billion and he has given $250,000 to super PACs this year.
  • 23. Kelcy Warren is worth $2.3 billion and he has given $250,000 to super PACs this year.
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