Presenting The All-Time Top 100 Political Donors

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Who has thrown the most cash at the US political system - out of the goodness of their hearts of course?




Source: Center for Responsive Politics

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Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:42 | 3752414 Seasmoke
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Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:53 | 3752452 Yen Cross
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  I'll start this upvote extravaganza. Nice post Seasmoke.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:29 | 3752535 James_Cole
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Wow this is the most ridiculous article I've seen Tyler post yet (and that's saying something lately). 

In 2012 the main Romney superpac (the biggest spender in that election and outspending Obama's top pac almost 3-1) spent $147milllion, compared to actblue spending $88M between 1989 - 2013.

I know a lot of these articles have been tilting toward bullshit red-blue arguments lately (trying to become or something) but this is really pushing the credibility..

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:33 | 3752554 AynRandFan
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Wrong. says: $397,176,000.  If you believe their own "bullshit".

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:48 | 3752572 James_Cole
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It doesn't state on the article what these numbers come from specifically i.e. what the money was spent on - it's a highly selective use of statistics from Centre for Responsive Politics. 

I was pointing out how ridiculously misleading this list is (in many ways, including how low the numbers are). 

Here you can get all the numbers, from the SAME SOURCE.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 19:00 | 3752628 disabledvet
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the top 50 with a couple of exceptions reads like a list of total failures. the next fifty look like they spent their money well. they're still in business at least. i'm sorry...we need bailouts for...ah, i GET it now! "we give you 50 million so that when we need 50 billion....

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 19:09 | 3752662 FL_Conservative
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Its reassuring to know that our politicians and administrative bureaucrats can't be bought.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 21:31 | 3752951 Buckaroo Banzai
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"... in the 2012 campaign, as we know from the reports they're required to file each month with the Federal Election Commission. "

Um, yeah. I'm sure it was all "reported". It's a badly kept secret that the Chinese have been funding the democrats since the Clinton years. Gore was their boy but he was such a fuckup and tool that even with their help he couldn't get it done. And, arguably, Bush stole the election, but given that Gore wasn't just Team Blue, he was Team China, it doesn't seem so wrong now.

I'm sure there is a fucking underground river of cash running between Beijing and DNC HQ.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 20:06 | 3752803 ebworthen
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@ James_Cole


The point of the article is that our politicians on both sides are bought and paid for (bribed).

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 20:34 | 3752849 James_Cole
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As long as it's noted that the list doesn't represent the actual largest donors, the actual distribution of funds or anywhere close to the accurate $ figures then yes this article is informative.

On the other hand if you're looking for any article to get a meaningless red/ blue debate going this piece nails it.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 20:44 | 3752866 ebworthen
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Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:54 | 3752457 EscapeKey
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(*) Not counting PACs.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 22:59 | 3753124 Meat Hammer
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I'd love to see the chart for "donations" to Supreme Court justices

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:38 | 3752567 Dingleberry
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Notice how the big banks hedge their bets with paying off both parties? 

Now that's how it's done, son!

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 19:01 | 3752635 disabledvet
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i'm sorry i meant 50 trillion. "in forever money."

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 20:01 | 3752786 Kirk2NCC1701
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Same for the MIC.
Except that Big Oil is pro GOP.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 19:42 | 3752741 g'kar
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yep, a lotta asses near the top.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 23:53 | 3753218 putaipan
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no montsano? talk about gettin' away with murder ... cheap.

edit- (no microsoft either, so i'm guessin' they're grandfathered in)

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:43 | 3752416 NeedleDickTheBu...
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The ROI for each of these donors' political "contribution" is the more interesting, but missing data point.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:10 | 3752487 GernB
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Which gives a better ROI buying several congressmen or buying one senator.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:50 | 3752597 cynicalskeptic
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Depends on whether or not one is on a committee (or committe head) for a committee that directly affects you.   One congressman on Agriculture is worth far more than an ordinary Senator if you're Monsanto, same if the congresscritter is on Energy and Cmmerge or Natural Resources if you're oil or coal.....  and a SENATOR on a key committee is gold - can stop dead anything that might affect you or help make your drems a reality.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 19:02 | 3752641 disabledvet
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i think it's safe to call it "the whole phucking government" at this point.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:13 | 3752497 Major Major Major
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ROIs with commas, bitchez.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 19:04 | 3752650 disabledvet
Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:27 | 3752541 EscapeKey
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Well, in that case the Koch Bros or Halliburton must be right at the top, as their return on SUPPOSEDLY no investment has been ludicriously high.

No, I'm not a Obama supproter. In fact, I think "both" political parties are equally corrupt - because they both ARE the same party, controlled by the Wall St party.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 20:03 | 3752795 Kirk2NCC1701
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Don't they also support Libertarians?

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 21:35 | 3752959 Buckaroo Banzai
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You are disqualified for uttering the "K" bogeymen word.

At least I know what the Koch brothers are about. George Soros, on the other hand, is one sick motherfucker, and you better believe that he's funneled billions into the Wrong Hands.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:44 | 3752418 alentia
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Looks like "Union's States of America" are ruling.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 19:40 | 3752732 jbvtme
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one of the reasons the fed is propping up the bond market.  pensions bitchez

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:47 | 3752430 Yen Cross
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    I always wondered why 'Donkey meat' doesn't taste like chicken.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:59 | 3752466 machineh
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Even buzzards won't touch it.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:07 | 3752483 Yen Cross
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Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:10 | 3752489 hungrydweller
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Donkey Burger is frickin' awesome!

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:16 | 3752509 Yen Cross
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  So are chocolate covered grasshoppers.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:49 | 3752437 Bollixed
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Didn't see the Ron Paul breakout in those charts. Guess that fell into a catagory only Americans gave money for.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 22:05 | 3753019 Greenie
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Top 3 Ron Paul donors

1) US Army

2) US Navy

3) US Air Force

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:50 | 3752441 SoberOne
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Gotta love BA playing both sides... what a dream(liner) that must be.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:55 | 3752446 Schmuck Raker
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If I understand correctly, this data shows "reported" "donations".

Have I got that right?

So these are the known Knowns.

Left out are the known Unknowns.

They don't compile the unknown Knowns.

And reporting the unknown Unknowns will get your passport revoked.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:29 | 3752546 EscapeKey
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These are the official figures, which means about as accurate as my estimate of how many times I've scratched my balls.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 21:37 | 3752963 Buckaroo Banzai
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...and if my experience is any guide, that's a big fucken number.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:55 | 3752459 Seasmoke
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i never understood why a group gives 50-50 to both......couldnt they just give $1 to each and save $50 million

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:04 | 3752474 Bollixed
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Influence costs money.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 19:42 | 3752740 jbvtme
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admission to the theater

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:57 | 3752462 My Days Are Get...
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Chump change.  Return on investment is better than 10 to 1.  Especially to those to garner non-bid contracts.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:57 | 3752463 William.M.Tweed
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Disappointed to see GS is not in the top 5


The appearance of the law must be upheld, Especially when it's being broken

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:04 | 3752473 Motorhead
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Must have been a 'shitty deal', hehe.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 19:07 | 3752655 disabledvet
Sun, 07/14/2013 - 17:58 | 3752464 Royal Fleming
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have lots of freinds in the IBEW , sure they dont know that there money went to our hack govt cant wait to send them this shit.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:00 | 3752467 Seasmoke
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i see the Firemen......but i dont see the thugs with badges......those costume wearing thugs , dont like to part with their money

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:28 | 3752543 flyingcaveman
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Probably that one on top there.

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