Who Owns Your Presidential Candidate?

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By Jake Anderson of Antimedia

It’s a new era of American politics. With regard to campaign finance, the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling — and the arguably worse McCutcheon v. FEC ruling opened the doors to unrestricted corporate funding of our national elections.

The primary mechanism in place facilitating this flood of private money is the super PAC. You’ve probably heard of super PACs and how they’ve essentially taken over the role traditionally filled by individual campaign donors in Political Action Committees (PACs). But super PACs aren’t the end of it. There are puppet political non-profits, business associations, and now, single-candidate “dark money” outfits that, as of September 21, have already raised $25.1 million —  five times the amount spent by this time in the 2012 election cycle.

Small, private donors still exist, of course. Their campaign contributions are still capped at about $5,000 per individual, making them the tip of the iceberg in political campaign spending. Enter super PACs and single-candidate committees, who, because of the aforementioned SCOTUS rulings, have the ability to slither in between campaign finance laws and flood our elections with unlimited corporate money. The “dark money” 501(c) groups, sometimes known as “social welfare” organizations, are particularly insidious because, unlike super PACs, they are not required to disclose their donors to the public. Since they are legally viewed as a type of business, they don’t have to disclose disbursements until the IRS requires it. This means there is essentially a network of politically advantageous winks and nods, whereby candidates receive unlimited parallel spending from an interconnected syndicate of super PACs, non-profits, and business associations.

Of the 20 biggest spenders, only one is openly committed to a liberal viewpoint, which gives conservatives an advantage. That said, while Democrats have questioned the legality of “dark money” groups, they have not discounted the possibility of utilizing this tactic in addition to super PACs, which must legally disclose the source of their funds within a few weeks (though several groups have found loopholes allowing them to wait up to 7 weeks).  

Needless to say, this is an election in which most of the candidates are seeking support from wealthy donors instead of the citizens they are supposed to be representing.

Despite the arguably undemocratic, obfuscating nature of our nation’s campaign finance laws and the blatant corporatist agenda mandated by the Supreme Court, let’s attempt to break down the major sources of political spending so far in the 2016 presidential election. You may be surprised to find out who is donating money to your candidate — and how that contribution may affect future policy positions.

JEB BUSH

The one-time prospective GOP front-runner has taken a beating in recent polls, with many politicos saying extreme factions of the conservative party aren’t happy with his more centrist attitudes toward gay marriage, immigration, and abortion rights. But the big establishment money still has his back.

Corporate and other Special Interest donors (top 5):

  • Goldman Sachs ($161,100)
  • Neuberger Berman LLC ($65,800)
  • Bank of America ($43,750
  • Citigroup Inc ($41,500)
  • Tenet Healthcare ($35,900)

Super PAC/“Dark Money”:

The Right to Rise super PAC supports Jeb Bush and has raised over $100 million. As of mid-September, the group planned to spend $24 million on television ads in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. According to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, the primary donor list for Jeb Bush’s super PAC includes various spheres of influence:

“Texas oil men, New York investment bankers, Miami healthcare company owners, and three former ambassadors — two of whom served under Bush’s brother, former President George W. Bush — gave 25 contributions of $1 million each. Mike Fernandez, the Cuban-American billionaire founder of Coral Gables-based MBF Healthcare Partners, gave $3 million, the largest contribution to Right to Rise.”

Other wealthy members of the PAC include:

  • Hushang Ansary, Iran’s ambassador to the United States from 1967 to 1969. He serves as a trustee of the George W. Bush Library. Ansary and his wife Shahla became U.S. citizens in the 1980s.
  • Richard Kinder, chairman and chief executive of oil and gas pipeline company Kinder Morgan. His net worth is $10 billion. Kinder’s wife Nancy also contributed $1 million to Right to Rise.
  • Alfred Hoffman, U.S. ambassador to Portugal from 2005 to 2007. He founded Florida-based real estate company WCI Communities.
  • Nextera Energy, the publicly traded parent company of Florida Power & Light, which provides electrical service to nearly half of the state. Last year, Nextera reported more than $15 billion in revenue.
  • Julian Robertson Jr., New York hedge fund manager whose net worth is $3.4 billion. He made his fortune investing in golf resorts and vineyards in New Zealand.”

Jeb Bush, total raised so far: over $114 million

HILLARY CLINTON  

In her career as a politician, Hillary Clinton’s top donors have been Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs, DLA Piper, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and Morgan Stanley. Many say such alliances irrevocably endear her to said institutions, rendering her incapable of reigning in financial corruption on Wall Street.

Her 2016 donors are slightly different, but really very much the same.

Corporate and other Special Interest donors (top 5):

  • Morgan & Morgan ($274,767)
  • Sullivan & Cromwell ($148,100)
  • Akin, Gump et al ($125,598)
  • Yale University ($95,434)
  • Latham & Watkins ($94,580)

Note: Morgan Stanley, Time Warner, JPMorgan Chase & Co and others are high on the list as well.

It is also important to point out that the lobbying and law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, which employees many of Hillary’s lobbying “bundlers,” took donations from two of the biggest private prison contractors, Corrections Corporation of America and Geo Group, with fees totaling almost $300,000.

Super PAC/”Dark Money”:

Priorities USA Action is the super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. So far, the group has raised $25 million in only three months. Predictably, hardline progressives stringently object to Clinton using the wealthy billionaires of Priorities to raise money, but supporters say there is really no choice if she is to compete with the Republicans in a general election.

The most notable Priorities super PAC donors are George Soros and Steven Spielberg, but the list includes 31 individual donors who contributed over $200k each.

It’s fair to point out that Hillary Clinton recently made headlines by embracing a tactic to publically reveal big corporate donors. Whether this is political posturing or not, I will leave to the reader. According to the Los Angeles Times:

“Companies like Google Inc. — and even Shell Oil — touting environmental awareness have been exposed supporting shadowy organizations skeptical of climate change.”

Hillary Clinton, total raised so far: over $45 million

CHRIS CHRISTIE

Chris Christie, the two-term governor of New Jersey, is currently polling at 1%, but that has not stopped him from garnering the support of super PAC America Leads, which has raised $11 million with the support of 137 contributors, several of them billionaires. The PAC recently released its donor list. Politico describes what is perhaps the most noteworthy entry:

“Winecup-Gamble Inc., a Nevada ranch owned by former Reebok CEO Paul Fireman, gave the group $1 million. Fireman, who lives outside Boston, plans a massive, $4.6 billion casino in Jersey City if state voters approve a constitutional amendment to allow gambling outside of Atlantic City.”

Other America Leads donors include:

  • Las Vegas casino mogul Stephen Wynn
  • Hedge fund manager Steve Cohen and his wife Alexandra, who contributed a combined $2 million
  • Quicken Loans chairman Daniel Gilbert gave $750,000.
  • Home Depot founder Ken Langone gave $250,000
  • Anheuser-Busch heir August Busch ponied up $100,000.
  • Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman donated $100,000.
  • Wrestling mogul Linda McMahon gave $250,000.
  • George Harms Construction gave $25,000 (and it’s worth noting this company acquired more than $100 million in New Jersey state agency contracts in 2014)
  • Ferreira Construction gave $100,000 (also worth pointing out the $34 million this company received from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, also in 2014)
  • Public Service Enterprise Group gave $250,000.

Chris Christie, total raised so far: over $11 million

BERNIE SANDERS

Bernie Sanders entered the race as a democratic socialist dark horse but has quickly earned the feverish admiration of a wide spectrum of both progressive leftists and centrists, many of whom applaud his stated goal of taking on big banks and crony capitalism to fight for the middle class. Others see him as the unfortunate sequel to Obama, someone with grandiose reformist ideas who lacks the mettle and fearlessness truly necessary to stand up to the military-industrial complex and machinations of the Deep State.

One point concerning Bernie Sanders can’t be denied: his campaign financing is leagues above the others in terms of ethical sourcing. Sanders has refused super PAC money and continues to reiterate he will not use a super PAC or any shady billionaire money for the 2016 election. His full list of of regular PAC and individual donors, most of which is labor union money, is listed below, courtesy of OpenSecrets.org:

Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union $105,000
Teamsters Union $93,700
National Education Assn $89,242
United Auto Workers $79,750
United Food & Commercial Workers Union $72,500
Communications Workers of America $68,000
Laborers Union $64,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union $62,000
National Assn of Letter Carriers $61,000
American Assn for Justice $60,500
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $58,198
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $53,100
United Transportation Union $48,500
Sheet Metal Workers Union $47,000
Operating Engineers Union $46,100
Service Employees International Union $44,014
UNITE HERE $42,875
United Steelworkers $41,750
American Postal Workers Union $37,700
American Federation of Teachers $36,112

A report from October 1st shows that Bernie Sanders has nearly matched Hillary Clinton’s 3rd quarter campaign donations without using a super PAC.

Bernie Sanders, total funds raised so far: $26 million

JOHN KASICH

In a normal election cycle, John Kasich, the Governor of Ohio, might be polling higher than 5%. He is more of a centrist candidate that appeals to the base and has actual experience governing. Rumors persist that he may be tapped for VP on the eventual GOP nominee’s ticket, but so far Kasich maintains he isn’t interested in that.

Corporate and other Special Interest donors:

His donor list has been called a “who’s who of prominent Ohio political donors.” This list includes:

Abigail Wexner, philanthropist and wife to Les Wexner, founder of The Limited; John P. McConnell, the chief executive officer of Worthington Industries and majority owner of the Columbus Blue Jackets; and John and Ann Wolfe, former owner of The Dispatch.”

Another interesting Kasich PAC donor is a Montana company called MMWP12 LLC. This company contributed $500,000 and is connected to Mark Kvamme, who spearheaded JobsOhio, the private, non-profit group whose goal was to create jobs in the Kasich-run state of Ohio.

Super PAC/”Dark Money”:

John Kasich’s super PAC is called New Day For America. The group has drawn contributions from 166 donors, totaling $11 million so far, over half of which is from Ohio.

According to Politico, the major names on this list include:

  • “Wendt Family Trust, Schottenstein Management Company and Tom Rastin, an Ohio-based Republican donor who donated to then-Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett’s re-election campaign in the 2014 cycle.
  • Floyd Kvamme (Mark Kvamme’s father), the retired venture capitalist, who donated $100,000
  • Philip Geier Jr. of the Geier Group, who donated $500,000 and is a member of New Day for America’s board
  • Jim Dicke, a big player in the Ohio Republican Party and the chairman emeritus of the Crown Equipment Corp. Dicke donated $250,000.”

Kasich also has a separate PAC called New Day For America Independent.

John Kasich, total funds raised: over $11,730,730

CARLY FIORINA

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s unexpected ascension as a viable GOP candidate was buoyed by three primary factors: her neoconservative war hawk ideology; her vociferous stance against Planned Parenthood, which appeals to the GOP’s dominant right wing base; and her secretary-to-CEO personal life story.

Corporate and other Special Interest donors (top 5):

  • LISI Inc – $12,400
  • Renaissance Technologies – $10,800
  • Western Care Construction – $10,800
  • Echo Pacific Construction – $10,400
  • Wilson, Sonsini et al – $8,100

Super PAC/”Dark Money”:

Perhaps as a result of her history as an executive of HP, Carly Fiorina’s super PAC, Carly For America, is full of deep-pocketed Silicon Valley donors. This includes:

  • Venture capitalist Tom Perkins – $25,000
  • Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini – $5,000
  • Former CEO of Univision, Jerry Perenchio, who donated a whopping $1.6 million
  • Former head of World Wrestling Entertainment and Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon – $10,000
  • Palo Alto-based physicist Charles Munger – $100,000
  • Robert Day, who founded the Los Angeles asset management firm TCW – $100,000

The most mysterious donation, one that is actually being investigated by the FEC, concerns a $500,000 contribution from one of Ted Cruz’s super PACs, Keep the Promise 1. It is currently unknown why this donation was made.

Carly Fiorina, total funds raised so far: over $1.6 million

MARCO RUBIO

Marco Rubio, the junior United States senator from Florida, is another potential dark horse in this race because he appeals to the right wing of the Republican base while still striking Reaganesque tones during the debates. In fact, many pundits have noted the eerie similarities between Rubio and 2000 GOP candidate George W. Bush. Others have pointed out that Rubio’s Cuban American ethnicity could help Republicans win much-needed Latino votes.

Corporate and other Special Interest donors (top 5):

  • Goldman Sachs – $65,830
  • Steward Health Care – $49,400
  • Titan Farms – $23,200
  • Florida Crystals – $21,700
  • Oracle Corp – $21,600

Super PAC/”Dark Money”:

According to the latest filings, the Marco Rubio super PAC, Conservative Solutions PAC, has drawn in $16 million, doubling the funds earned from his private donors. Over 75% of this money came from just four donors:

  • Norman Braman, a longtime friend of Rubio who happens to be a billionaire auto dealer and former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles. Braman has been called Rubio’s “secret weapon” because he despises Jeb Bush and says he will spend anywhere from $10 to $25 million on Rubio’s campaign
  • Lawrence J. Ellison, the chairman of Oracle Corp who has donated $3 million
  • Philanthropist Laura Perlmutter (wife to Isaac Perlmutter, the billionaire CEO of Marvel Entertainment) donated $2 million
  • Besilu Stables, a horse racing company in Miami, donated $2.5 million

The Rubio campaign is also the beneficiary of a considerable amount of “dark money.” The source is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit called Conservative Solutions Project, which has raised an additional $15.8 million. The nonprofit, which, of course, is not required to disclose its donors, launched a massive ad campaign attacking President Obama’s Iran deal.

Marco Rubio, total funds raised so far: over $31.9 million

DONALD TRUMP

Donald Trump has stated repeatedly that he will self-finance his campaign and will not accept any special interest donations. His net worth is heavily contested, but Forbes estimates it is approximately $4.5 billion. Trump claims he will spend up to $100 million of his own money on the 2016 presidential election.

While the legacy of Trump as a self-made financial titan has catapulted him to an iconic status, Alternet.org posted an article debunking much of this fictitious fanfare. The article traces the roots of a $40-$200 million inheritance Trump received from his father, money that was bilked from governmental financing programs during the Great Depression; Trump parlayed that money into a series of businesses that went bankrupt, skirting SEC regulations and taking advantage of every tax loophole available in order to build his empire.

Donald Trump, total funds raised so far: $100 million (amount he pledged to his own campaign)

TED CRUZ

Ted Cruz is the junior U.S. Senator from Texas who made a name for himself by reading Green Eggs and Ham on the Senate floor as part of a symbolic filibuster of Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act. He was also one of the 47 signatories of a letter sent to Iran stating that President Obama lacked the authority to negotiate with Ayatollah Khomenei.

More recently, he has led a weak coalition of congressmen aiming to shut down the federal government for the second time in as many years. His objective and one of his major campaign platforms, in addition to repealing Obamacare and the Iran Deal is to defund Planned Parenthood.

Corporate and other Special Interest donors (top 5):

Woodforest National Bank $75,200
Morgan Lewis LLP $68,850
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher $52,950
Pachulski, Stang et al $41,000
Jennmar Corp $40,850

Super PAC/”Dark Money”:

Ted Cruz’s campaign actually has four super PACs, all funded by Robert Mercer, a Long Island hedge fund magnate and climate change denier. Combined, they raised $31 million in the first four weeks of his campaign. Contributors to these super PACs include:

Ted Cruz, total funds raised so far: over $31 million

BEN CARSON

Ben Carson, the retired John Hopkins neurosurgeon, was dead in the water a few weeks ago, but his numbers saw an unlikely bounce after the second debate. While Carson put his foot in his mouth when he suggested the U.S. marines were unprepared for combat, he startled many by suggesting that had George W. Bush sworn off petroleum in the wake of 9/11, taking bold diplomatic action over military strikes, the nation may have averted the incredibly costly war on terror. With his poll numbers rising, many pundits now wonder whether he could be tapped as VP.

Corporate and other Special Interest donors (top 5):

Coca-Cola Co $21,850
West Coast Venture Capital $21,600
Trailiner Corp $10,800
Ankom Technology $10,400
Jea Senior Living $10,000

Super PAC/”Dark Money”:

Like Ted Cruz, Ben Carson has more than one super PAC. One Vote, a super PAC led by Republican strategist Andy Yates, and Run Ben Run. Even before Carson decided to run, the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee raised $13.5 million. Reports have surfaced that there is tumult and discord between the two primary super PACs, but as long as the money keeps pouring in, Carson doesn’t seem to be phased. Recently, he doubled down on anti-Muslim rhetoric, which seems to have bumped his fundraising figures even higher, bringing him to $20 million this quarter.

Very little information has been released about the bigger disbursements stemming from Carson’s super PACs. But interestingly, despite the big money pouring in, Carson has flourished with small donors. In fact, eighty-four percent [of Carson’s donors] wrote checks for less than $500.”

Ben Carson, total funds raised so far: over $20 million

MIKE HUCKABEE

The former governor of Arkansas’ private donors are relatively small and unremarkable. His super PAC, Pursuing America’s Greatness, has received only two primary donations. In fact, almost all the money contributed to the super PAC came from one man: Ronald Cameron of Little Rock, Arkansas, the poultry magnate who donated $3 million. Notably, Cameron, who runs agribusiness giant Mountaire Corporation, which earned $1.22 billion in 2009, has been listed as a major contributor to the Koch Brothers political network.

Other contributions include $500,000 from Sharon Herschend of Herschend Family Entertainment and $50,000 each from real estate investor Jon K. Gibson and Cary Maguire, president of Maguire Oil.

Mike Huckabee, total funds raised so far: over $3 million

RAND PAUL

According to one insider, libertarian-leaning, low-polling Rand Paul could soon be dropping out of the race. Paul’s super PAC America’s Liberty PAC has received most of its money from only two donors:

  • George Macricostas, CEO of RagingWire, a data center operator – $1.1 million
  • Libertarian donor Jeffrey Yass, leader of trading firm Susquehanna International Group – $1 million

Rand Paul, total funds raised so far: $3.1 million

As you can see, the 2016 presidential election is, for the most part, an all-out corporate donor war. It’s important to remember that many of these totals are likely not current, as campaigns strategically withhold donation amounts. We also don’t know the full extent of “dark money” stemming from nonprofits and business associations. What we do know is that this will be the most expensive election in history. The Koch brothers alone have a budget of $889 million. When added to the spending expected from the Democrats and Republicans, we’re looking at a possible price tag of $5 billion.

If you have information on any significant campaign funds not included in this article, please email us or leave a comment.

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Yen Cross's picture

  Paging Marco Rubio?

  Archbishop visits Congress, White House in push to ease Puerto Rico debt crisis

  Puerto Rico's plan to pay off its debt falls $14 billion short - Sep. 9, 2015

 

CARLY FIORINA isn't worth talking about.

 Ben Carson, is a nice guy.

 YEP, I'm going with the terminator.   Trump/ Cruz '16

Stroke's picture

Trump / Warren.....I know don't laugh

farmerbraun's picture

You are right but it is likely within the normal range of variation on a centennial scale.
Anecdotal evidence is piling up around the world that the weather is quite a bit colder than people have come to expect.
New climate models which have been developed do not give a major role to CO2, and seem to be far more useful at prediction: at least they have not been falsified by reality in the way that the IPCC models have been.

The only real problem will be reduced food harvests, and fuel/ energy poverty. Both of those have the potential to be fatal for the weak and poor.

y3maxx's picture

...The first candidate of either party who's platform includes "closing down the Fed" gets my vote.

farmerbraun's picture

I doubt that such a candidate, if elected , would live long enough to enact anything.

Billy the Poet's picture

Jake Anderson of Antimedia certainly didn't do a thorough job on Trump. Just took him at his word and ignored his multi-million dollar super-pac.

 

Pro-Trump super-PAC aims to raise ‘unlimited funds’

 

An independent super-PAC has been formed to raise unlimited funds to power Donald Trump’s run for the presidency, The Post has learned.

The political action committee is called Make America Great Again, the slogan of the Republican real estate mogul’s White House campaign.

It says in its filings that it “intends to raise funds in unlimited amounts.”

 

http://nypost.com/2015/07/06/pro-trump-super-pac-aims-to-raise-unlimited...

 

 

“Anti-Politician” Trump raises money from notorious McGreevey Democrat (and released felon)

 

None other than Charles Kushner, a big time Democrat real estate developer and political financier for Jim McGreevey, threw a posh Jersey Shore party for the Donald on Sunday. Veteran New Jersey political watchers will also recall that Kushner is a felon who once went to jail “after pleading guilty to 18 felony counts of filing false tax returns, making illegal campaign donations and one count of retaliating against a witness.”

Mr. Kushner and his wife had previously given $100k to the pro-Trump super PAC, “Make America Great Again PAC.”

 

http://savejersey.com/2015/08/charles-kushner-donald-trump-mcgreevey/

quadratic_equation's picture

If Trump accepted the donor contribution it would be a big deal and it'd be all over news don't you think?  The problem here is an organization can raise funds and use it independently to campaign for there candidate outside of the candidate's personal campaign and that's what your pertaining to.  Still not solicited by Trump so you can't ask Trump for payback, right?

Billy the Poet's picture

Every time Donald opens his mouth he talks about the deals he makes. Without quid pro quo there is no deal and yet Trump supporters insist that Donald would never engage in quid pro quo. It's not as if Donald can just walk into the Oval Office without making deals with lots of powerful individuals and corporations.

But you can help too!  Because Donald is soliciting donations even though you didn't see it on the news.

 

Select Amount

By law the maximum amount an individual may contribute is $2,700.

If you prefer to send a check please make payable to:

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
725 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10022

 

https://secure.donaldjtrump.com/donations/make-a-donation/

 

 

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All Risk No Reward's picture

1. Debt-Money Monopolist quisling #1

2. Debt-Money Monopolist quisling #2

Your vote counts, so make sure you thin looooooong and hard about which Debt-Money Monopolist quisling will get your vote.

This action you are about to take should be considered as seriously as Charlie Brown kicking a field goal with Lucy holding the ball...

Charlie Brown, Lucy and the Football
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=055wFyO6gag

The Debt-Money Monopolists have spent a lot of money programming their quisling's lies so that they would appeal to you and they need your vote for validation.

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy”
~Georgetown University Professor Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope, 1966

The Pope's picture

 "Who Owns Your Presidential Candidate?"

 

BILDERBERG. OK You can close this thread now.

Macchendra's picture

Bernie Sanders / Jill Stein 2016 !!!

All Risk No Reward's picture

Bilderberg is essentially a Debt-Money Monopolist corporate roundtable group ala Cecil Rhodes' reoundtable plan.

So is the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

The Debt-Money Monopolists finance all the corporations and governments that employ the Bilderberg and CFR attendees.

The Debt-Money Monopolists are superior to Bilderberg attendees.

The US President is a powerless quisling.  If he ever went against the wishes of the Debt-Money Monopolists that control the intelligence agencies and finance the military complex, well, the President might just lose his head in broad daylight and the Debt-Money Monopolist government might just float an impossible story to justify it.

And the Muppets would buy it.

Again!

J S Bach's picture

No one owns my candidate because my candidate isn't kosher nor permitted to run.  My candidate would serve the interests of his people... his true nation... not the nation within a nation which rules all of them through usury.  My candidate is an idea... and ideas can never be completely quashed, hence, there is always hope for a resurgence of truth and honor.  

ZD1's picture

 

 

Kosher?

So that old commie putz Bernie Sanders isn't Kosher enough for you?

"Bernie Sanders can’t be denied: his campaign financing is leagues above the others in terms of ethical sourcing"

Bahawahaha! Since when did thugs who run the unions like the SEIU and the Teamsters become ethical?

 

JRobby's picture

Actually, methane is the much larger threat.

Clearly the continents are sinking, the oceans are not rising. How did they get that so wrong?

 

'Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration. That we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we're the imagination of ourselves' . . . 'Here's Tom with the weather.”

 

Yen Cross's picture

 I sure hope so. The 'Queen Palm', I planted 4-5 years ago is seeding and dropping nuts on my driveway.

 It's beautiful, but it flowers, and then the seed pods come.

 Ohh. I forgot the spiders that live in the fronds.

 I'm getting all my palms stripped next week. Fuckers grow so fast, once they're established.

 The tap root on a juvenile palm is amazing.

 The root ball is shallow, but the main tap root is 20 feet deep/

Yen Cross's picture

    She's too robust... Nice naturals though.

 I like my women defined. Nice abs, and nice arms.  No Bingo Wings/ Yuk

Jendrzejczyk's picture

You are the hippest cat on ZH. Bingo Wings FFS!!!

https://slimgr.com/images/2015/07/26/09d5ea8d74405a4169eaa8ae705e7488.jpg

Don't hurt yourself dreaming of the possibilities with this one Yen. Knucks has first dibs on "her".

 

Well Hungarian's picture

I see Cruz is being funded by a "climate change denier." He's got my vote now.......

pops's picture

Better think again.  Cruz pops a boner every time someone mentions the TPP.  Bad as the democrats are, those flucking republicans are going to NAFTA our asses in spades again with the TPP.

 

hound dog vigilante's picture

support for the TPP is a dealbreaker for me, too.  Sorry, Mr. Cruz, but you are on the WRONG side of that one...

my ideal candidate is:

against the TPP for real
strong on immigration reform (secure borders, no blanket amnesty, end birth-right citizenship) 
"isolationist"; stop waging war & stoking conflict for the sake of empowering/enriching corporatations/MIC (i.e. defense, not offense)
serious about campaign finance reform
against Citizens United decision - corporations are NOT people
anti-Wall St./anti-Fed/anti-TBTF/anti-bailout (bring back Glass-Steagal, prohibit HFT/frontrunning, prosecute Corzine)
pro-States Rights + dramatically shrink the Federal Gov't
dismantle HSA & NSA + smash the intelligence/military bureaucracy, re-build it minus the private/corp./foreign interests
repeal Patriot Act 
abolish the IRS; institute a simple, low national sales tax which excludes food/clothing/shelter

Rand Paul is pretty close to All Of The Above, but he's proving to be just as ineffectual as his father, which I thought was damn-near impossible...

 

dark pools of soros's picture

There is no quick money in removing corruption..   Paul would win after the dollar dies and half the country kills each other

odatruf's picture

Great list, hound dog. I suspect most ZHers could agree on your list with very few deviations, yet we all will end up largely canceling each other out when voting because most people focus on personality.

It's too bad we can't come up with a ZH primary that then votes en bloc.

Demdere's picture

Trump is a distraction, I think.  He is most definitely not a serious candidate.

https://thinkpatriot.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/assume-you-are-being-played/

The question is "Why is Trump in the race?" and also "Why do the media not tell us what is going on, it is so clearly not what is claimed?"

newdoobie's picture

The Clinton machine always splits the GOP vote. Who is Ross Perot?

Trump is buddies with Bill and Hillary. He'll get all he spent and more after the election.

If he gets too close to winning the Nomination, he will blow up his campain and split the vote - just like good ole Ross did

dark pools of soros's picture

you are blind mouse..  the reason Trump is on the wave he is on is that the whole system is a cluster fucking circle jerk nutting on itself..   Trump is just side stepping the whole thing since he doesn't need any money to run and has a big enough name to push the poll numbers by just saying what a bunch of people want to hear.   Whether he can actually get anything done when things get serious will be another story, but the first fucking thing a president has to do is win before even bothering with any of that other shit you want to hear that makes a canidate 'serious'

all those 'serious' fucks lie anyway so what is worse or better?  Lying about some elaborate list of policy points or just saying fuck it I'll get into details once I win cuz if I lose who gives a fuck about my policies?

America could of used Bernie Sanders back in the Bill Clinton days but saving the middle class and this country seems impossible now...  what Trump can do is blow up a big part of the clusterfuck and perhaps a Bernie Sanders type can come afterwards as this country tries to rebuild itself

Remember, if Trump 'bankrupts' this country, what certain tribe gets the $18 trillion shaft?  Greece almost did it, maybe Trump has the balls to nuke the debt

Fuck it - bring on the Jubilee

 

http://rollingjubilee.org/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/10/05/could-national-debt-forg...

 

 

 

 

Billy the Poet's picture

Trump is just side stepping the whole thing since he doesn't need any money to run

 

Why do Trump supporters keep saying this when it simply isn't true?

https://secure.donaldjtrump.com/donations/make-a-donation/

JRobby's picture

"Whether he can actually get anything done when things get serious will be another story, but the first fucking thing a president has to do is win before even bothering with any of that other shit you want to hear that makes a canidate 'serious'"

Are people at the "we have tried that already" point or not?

Clearly the House and Senate need to be cleaned out. But more of the same move in. The fact that the voters really have no choice in what slime gets into Congress seems to be the obstruction to moving ahead. Moving ahead means removing all corporate/cartel influences. Tall order.


LibertarianMenace's picture

"removing all...Tall order."

I wonder if Ralph "Corvair" Nader is happy with the results of all his handiwork? Proggie/non-gentiles, I hear the gallop of horses, and I make out four in the posse. Thanks for "caring" about us plebes Ralphie.

TheReplacement's picture

The very fact that Trump is getting all the corporate media attention while they are burying Hillary in scandal news should be all one needs to know.

JRobby's picture

Bingo!

Bull shit side show

Demdere's picture

It is clear that Bush is favored by the Republican Establishment.  The question is whether money will prevail this cycle?

Fiorina spent $23M in Ca and lost the senate primary to Boxer.

Whitman spent $160M and lost the CA gov race.

Both of them were spending their own $.  Bush's owners will expect better results from him.  I never heard anyone favor Bush.

BidnessMan's picture

Rachel Maddow is the nut job....

TuPhat's picture

Evolution believers would be nut jobs but I guess they are just monkey's uncles.

venturen's picture

If Cruz or Rubio are elected to any position of power we eare doomed. Cruz whose wife works at Goldman...is in the pocketbook of the big banks and the hyper financialation of the world.

Rubio is a joke who made for TV lightweight of zero substance possible even worse than McCain...junior zenators should be legally bared from positions of power.  Obama was a junior senator! 

alexcojones's picture

Zio?

Satan?

Take your pick.

Peter Pan's picture

Satan is probably the correct answer but then again satan seems to own too much of this world at all levels already.

When the days of this world darken even further it will not be a fight against left and right, Russia and the USA, gold and fiat but simply a fight between good and evil. That is all that is left after you strip the various layers of this world away.

SWRichmond's picture
Who Owns Your Presidential Candidate?

The only thing I know for certain is the only thing that matters: NOT ME.

The purpose of the political system is looting; that is all.  Nothing else.  If you put your faith in politics you are a fool.

CheapBastard's picture

Bernie Sanders or Hillery ... what's not to like?

 

They'll expand the government, increase spending, enlarge the FSA, and increase our taxes.

 

... wait a sec!

 

 

 

 

froze25's picture

I would vote for Bernie simply to expedite the collapse of the false USA Corp that has usurped our republic.   The only reason I wouldn't is that I care about my children's safety and the collapse will be ugly. 

Oldwood's picture

They said the same thing about Obama. How deep a whole do you want to dig?

Billy the Poet's picture

A whole is 100% deep by definition.

Arnold's picture

I imagine that Clinton/Biden could do the job faster/better.

TheReplacement's picture

Clinton/Biden would do it via war.  I don't get "warmonger" from Bernie.  His policies would be disasterous but not lethal to the planet.