Meet The Billionaires Behind The Best Presidents Money Can Buy

Tyler Durden's picture

The last time we checked on the (funding) status of America's real presidential race - the one where America's uber-wealthy try to outspend each other in hopes of purchasing the best president money can buy - the totals were substantially lower. With November 6 rapidly approaching, however, the scramble to lock in those record political lobbying IRRs is in its final lap. And thanks to the unlimited nature of PAC spending, look for the spending to really go into overdrive in the next 2 weeks as the spending frenzy on the world's greatest tragicomedy hits previously unseen heights.



Total raised as of Sept. 30: $110.5 million - supports Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney

  • Bob Perry - Houston builder who was a major donor to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group that helped undermine 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry by attacking his Vietnam War record. Total donations: $10 million
  • Sheldon Adelson - billionaire Las Vegas casino magnate who built the Venetian hotel and casino. Donation: $5 million
  • Miriam Adelson - Sheldon's wife. Donation: $5 million
  • Bill Koch - brother of conservative financiers David and Charles Koch. He runs Oxbow Carbon, a Florida-based firm that is also a donor and shares its address with another contributor, Huron Carbon. Total donations, including through firms: $4 million
  • Steven Lund - runs Nu Skin, a Utah skin care and cosmetics company whose former executives have been linked to two other firms that share an address in Provo, Utah, and donated to the Super PAC: F8 LLC and Eli Publishing. Lund's wife Kalleen is also a donor. Total donations from the Lunds and firms: $3 million
  • Julian Robertson - hedge fund industry legend at Tiger Management. Total donations: $1.3 million
  • Crow Holdings - Dallas-based investment firm managing the wealth of the family of the late Dallas real estate mogul Trammell Crow, whose sons Harlan and Trammell S. Crow are also donors. Total Crow Holdings and Crow donations: $1.3 million
  • Harold Simmons - billionaire Dallas banker and CEO of Contran Corp who has contributed to PACs supporting Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. Donations: $1.3 million
  • Frank VanderSloot - Idaho businessman who runs the nutritional and cosmetics company Melaleuca. The firm and its subsidiaries have also donated. Total donations: $1.1 million
  • The Villages of Lake Sumter - a community in Florida run by billionaire Gary Morse, who is also a donor alongside his wife Renee and their several children. Along with the Morse family, thirteen companies controlled wholly or partially by Morse that share an address in The Villages have also contributed. Total donations of all: $1.7 million.
  • Kenneth Griffin - Chicago-based hedge fund manager and CEO of Citadel LLC. Total donations: $1.1 million
  • Bob Parsons - billionaire founder of web hosting giant Go Daddy. Donation: $1 million
  • Jim Davis - chairman of New Balance Athletic Shoes Inc. Donations: $1 million
  • Stanley Herzog - CEO of Missouri-based Herzon Contracting Corp. Donation: $1 million
  • Bruce Kovner - billonaire hedge fund manager at Caxton Alternative Management. Donation: $1 million
  • Rocco Ortenzio - Pennsylvania healthcare executive and founder of Select Medical Corp. Total donations: $1 million
  • John Childs - founder of private equity firm J.W. Childs Associates LP in Florida. Donation: $1 million
  • Edward Conard - a New York investor and former executive at Bain Capital, a private equity firm co-founded by Romney. Donation: $1 million
  • John Kleinheinz - Texas hedge fund manager for Kleinheinz Capital Partners Inc. Donation: $1 million
  • J.W. Marriott Jr. - chairman and CEO of Marriott International, brother of Richard. Total donations: $1 million
  • Richard Marriott - chairman of Host Marriott International. Total donations: $1 million
  • Robert McNair - owner of the Houston Texans football team. Donation: $1 million.
  • Robert Mercer - New York hedge fund manager at Renaissance Technologies. Donation: $1 million
  • John Paulson - a prominent New York hedge fund manager at Paulson and Co. Donation: $1 million
  • Rooney Holdings Inc - private investment firm formed in 1980s to acquire the Manhattan Construction Co. and has since expanded into many areas. Total donations: $1 million
  • Paul Singer - hedge fund manager who helped fund efforts to legalize gay marriage in New York. Donation: $1 million
  • Paul and Sandra Edgerly - Paul Edgerly of Brookline, Massachusetts, is an executive at Bain. The Edgerlys each have given $500,000. Total donations: $1 million
  • Steven Webster - private equity executive at Avista Capital in Houston. Total donations: $1 million
  • Robert Brockman - executive at Reynolds and Reynolds, a Dayton, Ohio-based car dealership support company that shares a P.O. Box with CRC Information Systems Inc, Fairbanks Properties LLC and Waterbury Properties LLC, which split the donation three ways. Total donations: $1 million
  • Miguel Fernandez - chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, a private equity firm. MBF Family Investments also donated to the Super PAC. Total donations: $1 million
  • Renco Group Inc. - owned by New York billionaire Ira Rennert, another frequent contributor to Republicans this year. Donation: $1 million
  • OdysseyRe Holdings Corp - reinsurance underwriting company in Stamford, Connecticut that is a U.S. subsidiary of Toronto-based Fairfax Financial. Donation: $1 million



Total raised as of Sept. 30: $50.1 million - supports Democratic President Barack Obama

  • James Simons - billionaire hedge fund manager, founder of Renaissance Technologies Corp. Donation: $3.5 million
  • Fred Eychaner - founder of Newsweb Corp. Donation: $3.5 million
  • Jeff Katzenberg - chief executive of DreamWorks Animation. Donation: $3 million
  • Steve Mostyn - Houston attorney. Donation: $2 million
  • Irwin Mark Jacobs - former CEO of Qualcomm Inc. Donation: $2 million
  • Jon Stryker - billionaire activist and heir to the medical supply company fortune of his grandfather. Donation: $2 million
  • Anne Cox Chambers - billionaire daughter of James M. Cox, founder of Cox Enterprises. Total donations: $1.5 million
  • National Air Traffic Controllers Association - union representing more than 16,000 workers. Donation: $1.3 million
  • S. Daniel Abraham - billionaire creator of Slim-Fast brand, chairman of S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. Donation: $1.2 million
  • Barbara Stiefel - retiree in Coral Gables, Florida. Donation: $1.1 million
  • United Auto Workers - Donations through various funds: $1.1 million
  • Kareem Ahmed - chief executive at Landmark Medical Management in California. Donation: $1 million
  • David Boies, Jr - New York lawyer. Donation: $1 million
  • Morgan Freeman - Hollywood actor. Donation: $1 million
  • Amy Goldman - writer and heiress to the New York real estate fortune of Sol Goldman. Donation: $1 million
  • Franklin Haney - owner and CEO of FLH Company, a Washington-based real estate company. Donation: $1 million
  • Bill Maher - stand-up comedian. Donation: $1 million
  • Mel Heifetz - real estate developer and gay activist. Donation: $1 million
  • Michael Snow - Minnesota lawyer. Donation: $1 million.
  • Steven Spielberg - film director. Donation: $1 million.
  • Ann Wyckoff - Seattle philanthropist. $1 million.
  • Service Employees International Union Committee on Political Education - union representing more than 2 million workers. Donation: $1 million.
  • United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry - union representing some 340,000 workers. Total donations: $1 million



Total raised as of Sept. 30: $68 million - supports Republican candidates for federal offices

  • Harold Simmons - Total donations together with Contran Corp: $15.5 million
  • Bob Perry - Total donations: $6.5 million
  • Robert Rowling - an Irving, Texas, businessman and a conservative and active Republican donor. His company, TRT Holdings Inc, which runs Omni Hotel and Gold's Gym chains, is also a donor. Total donations: $4 million
  • Joe Craft - billionaire coal executive from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and CEO of Alliance Holdings, which is also a donor. Total donations: $2.1 million
  • Jerry Perenchio Living Trust - a trust of billionaire television tycoon A. Jerrold Perenchio, who is a former chairman of Spanish-language broadcaster Univision. Donation: $2 million
  • Crow Holdings - Dallas-based real estate investment firm. Total donations: $1.5 million
  • Weaver Holdings and Weaver Popcorn - Indiana-based company specializing in popcorn. Total contributions: $1.9 million
  • Stephens Inc - a Little Rock, Arkansas, broker dealer. Total donations: $1.3 million
  • Armstrong Group - telecommunications conglomerate in Pennsylvania. Donation: $1.3 million
  • JWC III Revocable Trust - Donatoin: $1.3 million
  • Robert Brockman - executive at Ohio-based Reynolds and Reynolds. Similarly to Restore Our Future, three firms sharing a P.O. Box - CRC Information Systems Inc, Fairbanks Properties LLC and Waterbury Properties LLC - split the donation three ways. Total donations: $1 million
  • Whiteco Industries - Indiana-based company involved in advertising, construction, entertainment and hotels. Donation: $1 million
  • The Mercury Trust - entity linked to California private equity firm of Saul Fox. Donation: $1 million
  • Clayton Williams Energy Inc - Midland, Texas-based drilling company. Donation: $1 million
  • Jay Bergman - of PETCO Petroleum Corporation. Donation: $1 million
  • Kenneth Griffin - Citadel Investment Group chief executive. Total donations: $1 million
  • Wayne Hughes - Founder of Public Storage. Total donations: $1 million
  • John Childs - Chairman and CEO of Boston-based JW Childs Associates. Total donations: $1 million
  • Philip Geier - New York executive. Total donations: $1 million
  • Irving Moskowitz - a Florida bingo magnate who runs a charity in California and is known for his support of Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem. Donation: $1 million
  • Robert Mercer - co-CEO of hedge fund Renaissance Technologies. Donation: $1 million



  • Total raised, including transfers: $609.4 million
  • Raised in September, including transfers: $136.2 million
  • Total transferred from the funds jointly used by the campaign and the Democratic Party: $176.6 million
  • Transferred in September: $39.8 million
  • Total spent: $469.9 million
  • Spent in September: $111.4 million
  • Cash on hand: $99.3 million
  • Debt: $2.6 million


  • Total raised: $253.6 million
  • Raised in September: $20.3 million
  • Total transferred in: $108.4 million
  • Transferred in September: $4.0 million
  • Total spent: $261.6 million
  • Spent in September: $22.8 million
  • Cash on hand: $4.6 million
  • Debt: $20.5 million

OBAMA VICTORY FUND 2012 (The main joint Obama/DNC fund)

  • Total raised: $371.1 million
  • Raised in September: $80.0 million
  • Cash on hand: $45.2 million


MITT ROMNEY (Republican)

  • Total raised, including transfers: $337.2 million
  • Raised in September, including transfers: $76.2 million
  • Total transferred from the funds jointly used by the party and the Romney campaign: $236.4 million
  • Transferred in September: $34.2 million
  • Total spent: $298.2 million
  • Spent in September: $54.7 million
  • Cash on hand: $63.1 million
  • Debt: $5.0 million


  • Total raised: $331.2 million
  • Raised in September: $48.4 million
  • Total transferred in: $127.5 million
  • Transferred in September: $28.6 million
  • Total spent: $249.4 million
  • Spent in September: $42.4 million
  • Cash on hand: $82.6 million
  • Debt: $9.9 million

ROMNEY VICTORY INC (Joint Romney/RNC fund - third quarter, July through Sept.)

  • Total raised: $375.6 million
  • Raised in third quarter: $235.2 million
  • Cash on hand: $37.4 million

Appendix: SUPER PACS:

RESTORE OUR FUTURE, a Super PAC supporting Romney

  • Total raised: $110.5 million
  • Raised in September: $14.8 million
  • Total spent: $94.9 million
  • Spent in September: $4.6 million
  • Cash on hand: $16.6 million

PRIORITIES USA, a Super PAC supporting Obama

  • Total raised: $50.1 million
  • Raised in September: $15.3 million
  • Total spent: $43.6 million
  • Spent in September: $12.8 million
  • Cash on hand: $7.3 million

AMERICAN CROSSROADS, a Super PAC supporting Republicans

  • Total raised: $68.0 million
  • Raised in September: $11.4 million
  • Total spent: $53.4 million
  • Spent in September: $27.9 million
  • Cash on hand: $15.8 million

Source: Reuters

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PUD's picture

Each are forecast to spend a billion clams in the last 2 weeks.

onelight's picture

...and all of it to help us understand the issues better, and make more informed decisions as active and aware citizens...really we should be grateful /sarc

vast-dom's picture

Meet some more of the billionares behind both the best presidents, the crash of 2008 and the upcoming great reset:

The Miscreant’ Global Bust-Out Mark Mitchell -- 21 CHAPTERS:

Richard Chesler's picture

Ugliest prostitutes I ever saw.

falak pema's picture

Not surprising, when they pay you to stroke them. SPitzer at least paid his cutie, and she was, even if it was on expense account. 

Precious's picture

Gotta love the guys who hedge by donating to both candidates.  

Cathartes Aura's picture

they donate to maintain the system, which colour candy-date is irrelevant

nmewn's picture

And...the meltdown begins...

Russell Crowe@russellcrowe

Villagers,I don't endorse politicians.Not my thing.However, Obama is the light & the future.Keep going towards the light. Put America first.

LMAOLORI's picture



Meet the Wall St. Bankers who put obama in office in 2008

Barack’s Wall Street Problem is Now America’s

Still being helped by Wall St. faithfuls who raise money for him

So far Wall Street has raised $7.2 million in the current electoral cycle for President Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Obama’s 2012 Wall Street bundlers include people like Jon Corzine, former Goldman Sachs CEO and former New Jersey governor; Azita Raji, a former investment banker for JP Morgan; and Charles Myers, an executive with the investment bank Evercore Partners.


Eireann go Brach's picture

What? Are you trying to tell me my vote does not matter?

Monedas's picture

Eireann go broke !   Let me explain it to you !  Your vote counts more than one vote .... because all who are eligible to vote and don't .... share their votes mathematically equally with those who do .... if half the people don't vote .... your vote counts as two votes .... do the math .... then smear some shit (feces) on your bathroom walls !

Eireann go Brach's picture

Moned ass, if you are so fucking smart, then try and recognize sarcasm the next time you stick your hand up to answer a question!

Monedas's picture

If you were being sarcastic .... then I bolster your point .... whatever it was !

donsluck's picture

Huh? How do you count the vote of someone who doesn't vote? How do you "share their votes" when they don't vote, mathmatically or otherwise? You are sharing nothing. Besides, you don't vote for president, the electoral college does. In some states they take the popular vote and assign their delegates per that vote, but others (like Florida) do not.

To expand the point, the other forms of democratic expression (protests, pressuring local politicians, letter writing campaigns, campaign donations themselves) are far more effective than your one little vote.

Monedas's picture

Your vote , for whatever it's worth, is your entitlement to your share of political power .... those who choose not to vote "proxy vote" their political shares with those who do vote !  Have you ever owned stock ?

Monedas's picture

If there are two voters .... and one decides not to vote .... the voter can tax the fuck out of the non-voter !

Monedas's picture

Here is the bottom line .... if you have the power to vote .... and don't .... you still have spent your politcal power .... and have influenced the outcome !   Not voting is a form of voting !  Even if you renounced your citizenship .... you still spend your political capital in every election .... and will continue to spend it .... in every future election until you die .... and your voting franchise expires !   Socialists are wrong .... principally because they are not as bright as the rest of us !

The Gooch's picture

Fuck you, junker. Show your face and argue the merits of
AIPAC. Bitch.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Ron Paul -total raised from Joe Sixpack,,$50.

seek's picture

More importantly, total outstanding debt owed at the end of his campaign: $0.

PS: I donated 50 times the figure you listed.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I donated to Ron Paul the past two cycles.  Sigh...

Bearing's political donations: The Kiss of Death!

Curt W's picture

PLEASE hurry out and donate to Pelosi and Reid

“Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.”-ThomasJefferson's picture

We can bitch all we want regarding the f'd up state of our politics, elections, cronyism, etc.... but the media has presented this nation with slanted "journalism" since the beginning of time. Additionally, us dummies elect no good scum bags who self enrich/empower themselves at any cost.

A biased billionaire here and there is just evening the score for his scum bag candidates agenda.

When you want to blame someone, look in the mirror!

Stupidity is a piss poor excuse.

upWising's picture

In Politics (and in many Too-Big-To-Function Organizations), the Always-Always Rule is The Septic Tank Rule.

In Politics, as in Septic Tanks, the shit floats to the top, swirls around and stinks up the place for far too long, and ever-so-slowly rots and decomposes, sinking to the bottom where it belongs.


Amercia still is "Jesus' Favorite Country ©"

donsluck's picture

Blaming yourself for things beyond your control is the definition of neurosis. If you look in the mirror to blame yourself for a system that is out of your control, you are neurotic.

“Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.”-ThomasJefferson's picture

Nice attitude, you patheic sheep.  When the man soon tells you to get busy, my guess is you'll happilly get on your knees to start sucking.  Because you are under his control.

Out of our control?????  

Boycott Disney, GE, cable provider, etc...

Cancel your worthless newspaper subscriptions.

Read some literature other than a current event magazine intended for the reading audience of a mature kindergartener.

Make a lot of noise, get your friends, relatives, neighbors involved.

Corporate execs, politicians, handlers, etc... all have to answer to someone, i.e...the consumer, the American public.

So do somefuckingthing about it and quit acting like a neurotic little prison bitch.

Double.Eagle.Gold's picture

Good idea, take your own advice and cancel your internet connection.


blindman's picture

Debunking Money - The Way the World Really Works - Full Length - Damon Vrabel

Questan1913's picture


That is possibly the best video series ever conceived to enlighten sheep as to who shears them and who their real govenment is actually made up of.  Definitely not for everyone but it is unequalled in dispelling all the myths and outright lies so many are staggering under the weight of. Those who want to know how the financial system actually works will  not be dissappointed.  Transformational and easily equal to three or four present day college "education"s.

The author is a Harvard educated former Wall Street and hedgefund insider;  his conscience prevented him from continuing a llucrative career running with the jackals in finance.  An eye opener like no other.

blindman's picture

i agree, he gets the/a big picture and it
makes all the difference.
Renaissance 2.0 - Financial Empire - Full Length - Damon Vrabel
The truth has never been clearer. We're living in a voracious empire

based on people ownership, i.e. subjugating humans to increasing debt servitude to Wall Street and the global banking establishment. This debt system has morphed economics from a study in human progress to an engine of human enslavement. Spirituality ("sense of meaning") and psychology have been crushed as a result. Any sense of a meaningful life has almost been vanquished as the corporate system that serves Wall Street has replaced truth with fake media PR and replaced our communities with narcissistic hierarchy.

The good news is that this system is on its last leg. It will end. ..."
damon vrable

blindman's picture

Open For Offers
by Steve Keen on October 19th, 2012 at 4:23 pm
with a lively comment section.

resurger's picture

Urine & Feces have two different colors!



LongSoupLine's picture



this is the publically disclosed list.  It's quite small compared to the shadow campaign list.

LMAOLORI's picture



Try this one

September 27, 2012,

George Soros gives $1 million to support Obama$1-million-to-support-obama/


And all the other ways he puts money into the D coffers via organizations

WASHINGTON — Liberal financial heavyweights are becoming more involved in the presidential campaign.

The growing list of financial supporters now includes George Soros, who has pledged $2 million to political groups supporting President Barack Obama's re-election, as well as progressive causes

Soros Resumes Donations to Help Democratic Candidates

apberusdisvet's picture

And neither candidate is worth a plug nickel

jekyll island's picture

The best thing I can say about this election is that thank God only one of them can win.

upWising's picture

Nevada offers "NONE OF THE ABOVE.'

Too bad "Mr. None" can't win.

I am Jobe's picture

NV is too fucking inbred , Nuf said.

LongSoupLine's picture



Tax reform +

Campaign reform +

Currency reform (gold standard) +

Term limits +

= all fixed


swissaustrian's picture

Progressive Greg Palast investigating the power struggle between the Obama and Romney billionaires:

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

Great post Tyler! An excellent dissertation of trickle up economics. <sarc on>

falak pema's picture

more like a hose up; fire, fire, fire....more hose! 

Atomizer's picture



Waitress: Atomizer, are you ready to place your order?

Atomizer: No, not really. Why have you taken this off the menu?


  • Nadhmi Auchi
  • Antoin ‘Tony' Rezko
  • Elf Aquitane
  • Paul Bremer
  • Daniel Mahru
  • Carter-Ruck
  • The Sierra Club
  • Penny Pritzker
  • Leo Gerard
  • Valerie Jarrett
  • Eric Holder
  • Orlando Jones
  • Jon Bon Jovi & Broadway Berry singing
  • The Joyce Foundation
  • CCX
  • Blagojevich
  • Jabir Herbert Muhammad
  • Khalil Shalabi
  • Aiham Alsammarae
Duke of Con Dao's picture

none of those billionaires above have a cheesy vid like below:

YouTube - Hunt for Red October: David H Koch takes his yacht for a spin in NY harbor


great scene from movie In Bruges "what about the Vietnamese?
YouTube - Black Comedy in Film: One Midget's Grand Vision of the Impending Race War

and finally a melange of Benghazi stew featuring Obama, Rice, Hillary, Stewart, Letterman and yes Cliff Robertson...
YouTube - "Things Screw Up" says Prez Obama, "Gaddafi promised me a Bugatti and left me with Bengzahi instead!