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Meet The Billionaires Behind The Best Presidents Money Can Buy

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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.

 

RESTORE OUR FUTURE

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

 

PRIORITIES USA ACTION

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

 

AMERICAN CROSSROADS

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

 

BARACK OBAMA (Democrat)

  • 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

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE

  • 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

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE

  • 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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Sun, 10/21/2012 - 11:45 | Link to Comment PUD
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Each are forecast to spend a billion clams in the last 2 weeks.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:02 | Link to Comment onelight
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...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

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:07 | Link to Comment vast-dom
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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: 

 http://vastdom.blogspot.com

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:12 | Link to Comment Richard Chesler
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Ugliest prostitutes I ever saw.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:23 | Link to Comment falak pema
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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. 

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:41 | Link to Comment Precious
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Gotta love the guys who hedge by donating to both candidates.  

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:18 | Link to Comment eatthebanksters
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Go Big or go home!

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 15:14 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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they donate to maintain the system, which colour candy-date is irrelevant

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 20:55 | Link to Comment nmewn
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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.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:04 | Link to Comment LMAOLORI
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Meet the Wall St. Bankers who put obama in office in 2008

Barack’s Wall Street Problem is Now America’s

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contrib.php?cid=N00009638

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.

 

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:15 | Link to Comment Eireann go Brach
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What? Are you trying to tell me my vote does not matter?

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:09 | Link to Comment Monedas
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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 !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:22 | Link to Comment Eireann go Brach
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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!

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:54 | Link to Comment Monedas
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If you were being sarcastic .... then I bolster your point .... whatever it was !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:39 | Link to Comment donsluck
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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.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:51 | Link to Comment Monedas
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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 ?

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:57 | Link to Comment Monedas
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If there are two voters .... and one decides not to vote .... the voter can tax the fuck out of the non-voter !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 14:09 | Link to Comment Monedas
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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 !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 11:46 | Link to Comment The Gooch
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Addendum: AIPAC

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 16:22 | Link to Comment The Gooch
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Fuck you, junker. Show your face and argue the merits of
AIPAC. Bitch.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 11:48 | Link to Comment TahoeBilly2012
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Ron Paul -total raised from Joe Sixpack,,$50.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:17 | Link to Comment seek
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More importantly, total outstanding debt owed at the end of his campaign: $0.

PS: I donated 50 times the figure you listed.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:39 | Link to Comment donsluck
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Is that you, Joe?

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 14:50 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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I donated to Ron Paul the past two cycles.  Sigh...

Bearing's political donations: The Kiss of Death!

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 15:01 | Link to Comment Curt W
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PLEASE hurry out and donate to Pelosi and Reid

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 11:52 | Link to Comment “Rebellion to t...
“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.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:27 | Link to Comment upWising
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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 ©"

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:41 | Link to Comment donsluck
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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.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 14:56 | Link to Comment “Rebellion to t...
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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.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 01:29 | Link to Comment Double.Eagle.Gold
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Good idea, take your own advice and cancel your internet connection.

 

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 11:55 | Link to Comment blindman
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Debunking Money - The Way the World Really Works - Full Length - Damon Vrabel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_yh4-Zi92Q

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 20:28 | Link to Comment Questan1913
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BLINDMAN

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.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 08:21 | Link to Comment blindman
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i agree, he gets the/a big picture and it
makes all the difference.
.
Renaissance 2.0 - Financial Empire - Full Length - Damon Vrabel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96c2wXcNA7A
.
http://csper.org/
.."
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

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 08:38 | Link to Comment blindman
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Open For Offers
by Steve Keen on October 19th, 2012 at 4:23 pm
http://www.debtdeflation.com/blogs/2012/10/19/open-for-offers/comment-pa...
.
with a lively comment section.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 11:57 | Link to Comment resurger
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Urine & Feces have two different colors!

 

 

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:02 | Link to Comment LongSoupLine
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this is the publically disclosed list.  It's quite small compared to the shadow campaign list.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:15 | Link to Comment bigkansas
Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:43 | Link to Comment LMAOLORI
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Try this one

September 27, 2012,

George Soros gives $1 million to support Obama

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57521816/george-soros-gives-$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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/george-soros-donation-obama_n_1499921.html

Soros Resumes Donations to Help Democratic Candidates

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/09/21/soros-resumes-donations-to-help-democratic-candidates/

 

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=George_Soros

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 11:59 | Link to Comment apberusdisvet
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And neither candidate is worth a plug nickel

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:23 | Link to Comment jekyll island
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The best thing I can say about this election is that thank God only one of them can win.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:30 | Link to Comment upWising
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Nevada offers "NONE OF THE ABOVE.'

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

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:57 | Link to Comment I am Jobe
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NV is too fucking inbred , Nuf said.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:00 | Link to Comment LongSoupLine
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Tax reform +

Campaign reform +

Currency reform (gold standard) +

Term limits +

= all fixed

 

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 22:37 | Link to Comment Blazing Saddles
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The fed must go

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:06 | Link to Comment swissaustrian
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Progressive Greg Palast investigating the power struggle between the Obama and Romney billionaires:

http://truth-out.org/news/item/11500-greg-palast-on-how-the-gop-is-plann...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aOs5Ilaay8

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:13 | Link to Comment SillySalesmanQu...
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Great post Tyler! An excellent dissertation of trickle up economics. <sarc on>

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:21 | Link to Comment falak pema
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more like a hose up; fire, fire, fire....more hose! 

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:15 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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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
Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:20 | Link to Comment Duke of Con Dao
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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!

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:25 | Link to Comment ISEEIT
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Invest in Amerika!!

Hell's yeah!

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:29 | Link to Comment Kreditanstalt
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If you, as voters, had an actual better choice of candidate you could just vote against the money.  Too bad there's no difference between Rombama and Obamney...

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 07:35 | Link to Comment Widowmaker
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Where's that fuckup with a Connecticut swagger in a flight suit - "Mission Accomplished"

So many terrorists, so few cards.  We're gonna need two decks.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 07:38 | Link to Comment GetZeeGold
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Bam Bam killed him with his bare hands.....don't you read the news?

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:33 | Link to Comment moneybots
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"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"

 

The irony being that he helped elect Obama 4 years later, as Kerry would have been kicked out of the White House in the crash of 2008, had he beaten bush Jr.

 

I also find it ironic that a PAC of rich people would be called Resore Our Future.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:57 | Link to Comment evolutionx
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APRES NOUS LE DELUGE

A deluge of an unprecedented magnitude is both inevitable and imminent. The consequences of the economic and political mismanagement will have a devastating impact on the world for a very long time. And the consequences will touch most corners of the world in so many different areas; economic, financial, social, political and geopolitical.

 

http://www.mmnews.de/index.php/english-news/7423-apres-nous-le-deluge

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:19 | Link to Comment Monedas
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PAC money is spent on free speech .... I, for one, welcome all  free speech .... like the free speech we enjoy here on Tyler's ZH !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 20:47 | Link to Comment Questan1913
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MONEDAS

"......I for one, welcome all free speech"  Hardly,  Your attempt to normalize Facism is glaringly transparent.  However two fellow trolls have given you thugs... ...excuse me.....Thumbs Up... in a comradely salute to your artful attempt at disinformation. 

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:30 | Link to Comment Monedas
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I'm OK with foreigners contributing to PACs all they want .... no limit .... maybe reveal the sources .... it benefits our economy !  I want the stupid socialist world engaged with us .... we are the show !   It's not about a foreigner's right to give .... it's about an American's right to receive .... it's called FREEDOM !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:16 | Link to Comment Rainman
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Nearly all of the gazillions gets pissed away on stupid attack ads. No wonder the corporati running the MSM loves this coin flipping shit ....heads they win, tails they win.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:29 | Link to Comment Monedas
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Pissed away ?  I love it when foreigners help finance our elections .... the more the merrier ! What kind of a Socialist Puritan are you ?     Attack ads don't bother this Libertarian .... we the people can sort out the shit from the chaff and the seed ! You want a Nanny State ?  I'm surprised to hear so much liberal boiler plate around here .... money is evil, etc. !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:16 | Link to Comment blindman
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Renaissance 2.0 - Financial Empire - Full Length - Damon Vrabel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_60580&feature=iv&s...
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Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:27 | Link to Comment q99x2
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That's going to be enough to pay for 3 dollar menu double cheesburger for every person if it hits a billion bucks.

I don't even eat cheeseburgers.

It would be better to arrest them and put them both in prison. The economy and nation would both be better off. Plus If either are elected we will be the laughing stock of the world. Again. Bush Jr was bad enough and then when Cheney shot is friend in the face and knocked down the WTCs...it is all too much.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:37 | Link to Comment Monedas
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We don't give a fuck (damn) about what you eat .... you narcissistic little Socialist .... we have rights to explore all of freedom's possibilities .... and getting paid for our political and artistic performance is a natural right of free people !  Just like when you pass your tambourine for tips after publicly masturbating in Times Square !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:40 | Link to Comment Clever Name
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I can has a 'contribution' of 1 million? Pretty please?

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:45 | Link to Comment Monedas
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Got Silly ?

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:45 | Link to Comment I am Jobe
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NV is too fucking inbred to think

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 13:56 | Link to Comment earleflorida
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OT, or not too be?

and the winner is...

certainly not the 'plebs'?

'The $1.4 Billion Dollar Man: Cost of the Obama White House'

http://www.amazon.com/The-1-4-Billion-Dollar-ebook/dp/B009DQLKQU

thankyou tyler

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 14:01 | Link to Comment Jam Akin
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Funny to see all of these obviously very sharp business people wasting big bucks like that.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 14:16 | Link to Comment Monedas
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All the money you waste on Reggae music ?   To each his own ? Live and let spend !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 14:37 | Link to Comment Monedas
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Jamaicans (sp?) are prettier than Haitians .... English blood makes for a better cross than swarmy French blood !    (See, I try to make nice and get ignored .... there's a life lesson in there !)

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 18:46 | Link to Comment Jam Akin
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I was listening to my reggae music.  As regards your comment, you have a foolish little...mind.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 14:36 | Link to Comment Monedas
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Freedom to give .... freedom to receive .... just disclose who gave .... and how much .... so we can factor it in to the political decision making process !   Monedas believes in "balls slapping against the buttocks" Capitalism and Elections !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 14:50 | Link to Comment Monedas
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I have no problem with unions and corporations giving (with full disclosure) to candidates or their PACS .... as long as union membership and stock ownership is not OBLIGATORY (closed shop ?) .... and that the stockholders and union members get to vote in their respective organizations !    Let life happen .... puritanical, uptight, control freak socialists !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 15:02 | Link to Comment Apeman
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Socialism should be perfectly viable if implemented correctly and in my opinion a bazillion times better than unlimited kapitalism. Don't ask me how to implement it correctly though. There are many shades of it I guess. The kapitalist system which dominates the world right now, will be looked upon in the future and people will be thinking: "What a completely retarded system that was. How stupid were those people to think that something like that could go on forever. So many obvious gigantic flaws. People sure must have been dumb back then"

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 15:11 | Link to Comment Monedas
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We are 180 degrees out of phase !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 14:48 | Link to Comment jtg
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Beyond each major party candidate raising over a billion dollars I am amazed at the biggest idiots on the list, the ones that donate money to the Obamanation to hold on to power so as to take more money from me to give to someone else. Call it 'social justice', but it is actually 'government controlled justice', which is not justice, it is TYRANNY.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 14:55 | Link to Comment Monedas
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Money can be used to defeat Obammy .... don't compound his Socialist transgressions against our Constitution .... with your transgressions !    Don't limit campaigns to certain time periods, either .... we should be free to campaign, speak and contribute every day of every year .... period !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 14:53 | Link to Comment Apeman
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The enemy

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 14:54 | Link to Comment Curt W
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"Best Presidents that money can Buy"

Based on the last 4 Presidents track records...

We are going to need more money !!

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 15:02 | Link to Comment Monedas
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I don't think we spend enough on campaigns !  It's one of those things .... it's not our business .... things !  Free people spending their after tax money .... go for it !  I'd like to see campaign events where they gave us free beer and sausages .... for instance .... and entertainment .... besides the political types .... juice it up a little with some pretty babes and music !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 17:44 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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Yeah, why not, I have to agree on this one. The shit show they give us now ain't worth the admission price.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 15:02 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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Nothing a bounty on billionaires can't fix.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 15:05 | Link to Comment Monedas
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Don't they pay enough in taxes ?  They are worth more alive than dead ! 

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 15:17 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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RESTORE OUR FUTURE (SUPERPAC)

That would depend what his definition of  'our future' is..

PRIORITIES (SUPERPAC)

Obviously, I gotta have a phone..

Got to love those PACS.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 15:18 | Link to Comment Monedas
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We Libertarians should get paid for having to endure all this socialist riff raff !  Tyler, is there a way to compensate us for all the wisdom we impart .... we wouldn't party with these needy urchins !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 15:25 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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75 thread posts, and you're responsible for 19 of 'em. . .

either you're paid per post, or off yer meds again dude.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 16:01 | Link to Comment Monedas
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What kind of geek counts the posts ?   An unmedicated Socialist control freak IRS auditor ?  Disclaimer:  This is Post # 20 !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 21:13 | Link to Comment Questan1913
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Cathartes Aura

 

Incisive and damning articles like this one are paid troll magnets, ... because they are a threat to the present corrupt and thieving establishment.  Just go back and reread the comments again to see the interplay between the gagle of paid psyops commenters which an article like this  brings out of the woodwork.  Their mission is to disrupt and derail any meaningful comment or discussion. They should be treated as thugish vandals, outed unmercifully, and worthy only of our scorn and ridicule.  

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 15:30 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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Johnson has about as much chance of winning as my wife letting me subscribe to the Playboy channel.

I'm still voting for him.

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 01:47 | Link to Comment RockyRacoon
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It's not about winning; it's about the message a vote can convey.  I'm in a state that would render an Obama vote a throw-away.  He's got no chance here.  So, a vote for Johnson would be sending a message to the Republicans about how they treated the Ron Paul campaign, not only during the primaries but at the convention.  The bastids.  So.... Johnson it is.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 16:04 | Link to Comment ArrestBobRubin
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The Money Power preys upon the nation in times of peace, they conspire against it in times of adversity. I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned. An era of corruption will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.

-- Abraham Lincoln

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 16:33 | Link to Comment Monedas
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Corporations are voluntary associations .... spending 500,000 lives to enforce Federalism is pretty brutal, in comparison !     Would you own stock in a corporation which fleeced some stockholders and paid others for doing nothing .... USA, Inc.  ?

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 17:50 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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Yea, Good Ole Abe, speaking out against enthroned Corporations, the very tyrant that started a Civil War against fellow Americans for Northeastern Industrial interests.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 18:51 | Link to Comment ArrestBobRubin
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Someone with your handle should be open to the fact that even satan has a useful quote now and then. Lincoln was guilty of many things, but he didn't allow the banksters to divide and conquer the USA, which was obviously their game plan.

The true scum of the earth murdered him, as they do all presidents up to and including JFK, for printing money outside their control, debt free, and thereby threatening La Kosher Nostra's fiat racket.

Here's the pivotal calculus horn head: if "Ole Abe" was really such a bad guy, the Money Power would have rewarded him with a huge pension, book deals, speaking fees, and a "Presidential Library". Instead, they assassinated him.

Questions?

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 20:17 | Link to Comment Monedas
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Abe Lincoln, JFK, Pearl Harbor, 911, Benghazi .... don't count on federal fat assed bureaucrats to save your bacon .... they only work for their own greed !

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 20:20 | Link to Comment Monedas
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The Yankees and the Red Coats sure did love that cheap, slave picked cotton !  

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 18:08 | Link to Comment ArrestBobRubin
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Yes and you are a voluntary moron. Stop garbaging up ZH fool.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 20:40 | Link to Comment psychobilly
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"The Money Power preys..."

It's a fake Lincoln quote.  One of many.  It can't be found in his works.  His official biographer referred to it as "a bold, unblushing forgery."

You are confused.  Dishonest Abe was a tool of the bankers.   The reality is that he hated Greenbacks and let congress know it.  His preferred solution - The National Bank Act - was ultimately inflicted on the public in 1863 when he signed it into law a month after calling for it.  It served to centralize the banking system and made the richest bankers even richer.

Stop spreading nonsense.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 18:10 | Link to Comment Downtoolong
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Most of these people gave around $1 million. That's only one tenth of one percent of a $billion.

I always knew these rich bastards were a bunch of cheapskates.

 

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 21:14 | Link to Comment toomanyfakecons...
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Many of these people on this list should be stripped of their Federal Reserve Notes and be made to clean toilets after the U.S. Corporation is deposed and the Republic is restored.

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 21:15 | Link to Comment Tim Brasco
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Sun, 10/21/2012 - 22:27 | Link to Comment prains
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thought Flance "i'm clean" Barnstorm would have made the list, he had some heavy hitters covering his tail since 99

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 01:21 | Link to Comment Double.Eagle.Gold
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Mon, 10/22/2012 - 09:17 | Link to Comment Anasteus
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And what about the trillionaires behind the best presidents? They are just few and identical; a single short list would suffice.

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