Guess The Politician... And Follow The Money

Tyler Durden's picture

A few days ago we presented a roster of the top contributors to Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign as reported by OpenSecrets. Today we have done the same for two other candidates, representing two previous election cycles: 2008 and 2004. The first table shows Romney's key contributors to date. The other two are the blacklined candidates. We are confident everyone can guess who they are, but just in case they are presented unredacted below the chart. It is ironic that nothing really changes at the end of the day in terms of whose bidding is ultimately performed by the president, whoever it may be. We have highlighted those Romney donors who are identical to previous campaign cycles.

For the 3 confused people out there, here is the same chart but unredacted .

Source: OpenSecrets here, here and here.

And due to popular request, here is John McCain '08, whom Goldman liked about 75% less than O'Bama.

Here are some relatively pertinent words on the matter from Jon Stewart from circa 4 years ago (h/t nolsgrad).

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Mactheknife's picture

There is NO doubt about it...we have the best politicians that money can buy.

Ron Paul or bust.

economics1996's picture

The second one is Obama.  Third one is Bush.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Does Paul take donations in gold, because if he does, he just made some money during the Asian open.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Gold, man, either just sold of, or we are going to hit $1700 tomorrow.

Harlequin001's picture

Can someone please explain wtf the US Government is doing contributing to anyone's campaign funding? Unless of course, it's everyone's campaign funding...

It has to be said though, as far as it goes, National Amusements certainly got their money's worth this year. I've been splitting my sides listening to these clowns for well, just too long now...

DeadFred's picture

Some guy who works for the USDA and contributes gets listed as US Gov. Same with the rest of the groups. Have to do it that way or else some company could funnel contributions through their employees and never show on the radar screen. The Government is contributing even bigger right now as the ESF plunge protection team is ramping futures to make three of three primaries with overnight ramp jobs. Ron Paul loses a lot of potential support from the people with two minute attention spans when they say "What problems with the economy? Isn't the DOW up big today?" This will happen EVERY election until the nomination is in the bag. I wish there was an ETF that went bullish for pre-primary futures.

nmewn's picture

"Some guy who works for the USDA and contributes gets listed as US Gov. Same with the rest of the groups."


I would call it double counting of real economic earnings to actually spend...but what the hell, they're just printing at leisure now.

So...where's my check? ;-)

YHC-FTSE's picture

"Sickening". Ditto.


I guess people in the airforce and navy are smarter than the people in the army as they are not listed on the contributor roster.

Badabing's picture

US Army $169,020

US Dept of Defense $146,356

US Government $202,938

US Government $513,308

US Government $295,786

US Dept of Defense $279,157

US Dept of state $225,150


All taxpayer money, the Government is outofcontrol!

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Lehman Brothers and Wachovia were contributors to Bush and McCain, but haven't given anything to Romney. Is it something against Mormons?

I don't see Bear Stearns except for Bush in 2004. They must be putting their money on Gingrich and Santorum.


ogra's picture

Look under JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo....

Cadavre's picture

Thanks - saw that too: NY close bid 1644 - 24 Hr spot as of this post ready to kiss 1660.

24 Hr USD index below close and trying to climb back.

Dr. Paul must have gone over well with debate viewers.

seek's picture

I don't think so, but he's said many times a substantial portion of his savings is in gold, and he started saving the moment is was legal to do so again (e.g. he was buying in the mid 70s and probably has entry positions that are sub-$100 from that time.)


francis_sawyer's picture

well that ices it...

Whichever a55hole wins now will probably sign a new bill to confiscate all gold now (starting with Dr. Paul's stash)...

akak's picture

Not to quibble, but the price of gold has never been below $100 since ownership of it was legalized in the USA on January 1, 1975.

Cadavre's picture

The reporting is all over the place. There's individual contributions, employee contributions, campaign contributions and PAC contributions.

The US Government was the tell,  However, AIG is not on that list. AIG gave the Obambi either a $104K fix or a $130K fix or a $112K fix or a $101K fix  (I had a link - but can't find it - saying AIG chummed the Obambi a $800K fix). Anyway you look at it - a less than a million bucks bribe  for a 30 Billion return - Obambi sure must have a real purty mouth (an' be able to deliver the slurpy sweet like a crack whore paying the sincerest  homage ever for a dime rock)!

I didn't cheat, honest!

BTW: The recap on fox news showed the results of a twitter poll - Dr. Paul got the green (honest responses) for all categories - all the others had [only] deep reds for most of the categories (why is Dr. Paul not center stage - they always got him near the bus station). [Should be in a] Sanitarium lied. Said SS was in a deficit - SS is running surplus - the only defict in SS are the UST's the congress keeps swapping for the cash).

Almost expected Flip Romney to unzip a "skin" suit to reveal an "Obama" hiding inside.

God Speed Dr Paul!

Al Gorerhythm's picture


"The second one is Obama.  Third one is Bush."

Thanks. Now who are those other two dopey bastards out there?

monoloco's picture

The bets are hedged, it's heads we win tails you lose, the oligarchy is firmly in control.

blueridgeviews's picture

I would guess the same. University of California and Harvard as donors....has to be Obuma. I noticed it takees a lot more money to influence a Democrat than a Republican.  What's up with that?

Sam Clemons's picture

Wise man.  I added a Ron Paul column to it.  It is a bit strange that so many veterans (who would likely not immediately fiscally benefit from us ending the empire) support him.

Vlad Tepid's picture

They would benefit from not allowing the executive branch to widow and orphan their family during another "intervention" or kinetic action" and they know it.

NidStyles's picture

So not dying in some foreign shit stain conflict isn't an immediate fiscal benefit now?


What a bunch of cocksuckers in the crowd at the Myrtle beach GOP debate tonight!  They cheered and lusted for more war as all the empty suits on stage (except Ron Paul) spoon fed them earfulls of lies, wickedness, and bullshit.  Wolves in sheep's clothing all of them.  Only Ron Paul argued for the golden rule and he was booed for it!  Fox news graciously allotted time for such booing   WTF is the matter with people?  Once again we sit at the tip of financial armagedon and once again they are trying to take us to war. 

The Old Man's picture

Time to go back and live like it was in Deadwood. Sir.


We may be headed back without a choice.  Wouldn't be all that bad really.

whstlblwr's picture

We just finish watching debate. They're making Ron Paul look weak on defense.

He's right that there should be a golden rule on foreign policy, but so many think if we don't kill them over there first, then they'll come here and kill us. So Ron Paul needs to show us he's strong too and he'd kill. Make a stronger point of this. Because right now some perceive there are lots of scary terrorists who are trying to kill us and Ron Paul won't protect us from them. It would be better if next time they ask him question on foreign policy he talks of who he'd kill, for the blood thirsty. He did it a little tonight when he talked about Osama bin Laden but it was mixed up.

Eireann go Brach's picture

Myself and Austin Powers just woke up from being cryogenically frozen for the past 6 years. We turned on the TV and there was a man from Kenya calling himself the president delivering a speech about hope and change from a Teleprompter! What the fuck happened?

blindman's picture

the ship of hope hit the
iceberg of change and now
change is sinking hope.
america is just ireland housing
another of the queens printing
presses and without the brogue.

Manthong's picture

You died in the freezer.

You're in hell now.

Long-John-Silver's picture

I can't understand how $16+ trillion of debt is not considered going bust already.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Because a dollar ain't what it used to be.

nmewn's picture

How long before all debt equals the entire worlds GDP?

Are we there yet, are we there yet?

Goldilocks's picture

Way past that (i think)
By now it’s likely @ multiples of the world's GDP
(but who’s counting?)

nmewn's picture

I think we're already there. The multiplier effect is actually division my man.

Its just how they think ;-)

francis_sawyer's picture

I've heard that all the debt & derivatives pile (including unfunded liabilities) is valued somewhere around a quadrillion dollars, while the world GDP is something like $70 trillion...

I've also heard that the Rothschild's private family fortune is estimated at around $500 trillion...

nmewn's picture

Its an impressive amount of air pressure isn't it?

Al Gorerhythm's picture

I percieve it the other way; more of a vacuum. Like a black hole.

blindman's picture

you can't understand because it is incomprehensible,
the terms don't mean what you think they mean. they
mean whatever the bankers want them to mean and only
when they want them to mean what they want. the rabbit hole.
it is so because a sovereign issuer of fiat currency
can never go "bust". one of these has the legal right to
print the money, or create it digitally, to the point of
devaluation where it becomes nearly worthless, but this
is not the same thing as going bust as an actor within the
system would experience. in that case there is a systemic
resolution of debts and assets. in the meta systemic case
there is just devaluation of everything and over time till
the system is dropped instantly. everybody goes bust at once.
the sovereign then is faced with the choice of dissolution
or re establishment, or re volution and no one here has
seen the likes of it not to mention the dollar is a global
currency. the other thing is the debt in the system is
the actual money in the system, that is the debt that can
and will be paid. the rest of the debt, which was spent or
is being spent, was the money but much of it is not in
any circulation and is instead sunk into assets, positions,
outsourced out of the national economy. it is beyond comprehension
what goes on in this global currency war, for me anyway.
the trend however seems to indicate that the debt money system
is disconnecting from the realities of local economies in that
the purpose of the money system as it is sold to the people,
business of production and services, has been rehypothecated
to enable value extraction at a distance. like a leveraged buy
out of the entire system is taking place? seems like stealing to me.
fiat money is a confidence game based on the bond markets and such.
time. a time ponzi on top of a speculative growth ponzi, it works
until it doesn't?

arizona11912's picture

Hi Long John Silver,

When you own the Petrodollar system you can defy accounting. At least temporarly.

Muddy1's picture


My dad always said that the 2 lowest forms of life on the planet were bankers and lawyers.

keepusfree's picture

Further explanation here:

Even with Ron Paul, we will have a huge battle ahead. Without him it will be far worse.

flattrader's picture

Ron Paul is a Christian Reconstructionist Theocratic nutbball.  I'm surprised he isn't getting more traction in South Carolina.  Protestant extremists who form the core of GOP primary voters are fighting amoung themselves at this point.  The oddly favor Santorum when they have a shot at establishing Old Testament law once RP's minions control state governments.

I think the problem is that most Americans do like their government secular...or at least they may not care if gays get stoned and women have no access to abortion, but they do draw the line at the death penalty for adultery.

Hard to fuck the neighbor's wife if you need to worry about public stoning.


Ron Paul touts endorsement of pastor who defends death penalty for gays, delinquent children & adultery



>>>Though a committed Baptist, Paul writes on his website, “My faith is a deeply private issue to me, and I don’t speak on it in great detail during my speeches because I want to avoid any appearance of exploiting it for political gain.”


Nevertheless, Paul’s support among the country’s most committed theocrats is deep and longstanding, something that’s poorly understood among those who simply see him as a libertarian. That’s why it wasn’t surprising when the Paul campaign touted the endorsement of Phil Kayser, a Nebraska pastor with an Iowa following who calls for the execution of homosexuals. Nor was it shocking to learn that Mike Heath, Paul’s Iowa state director, is a former board chairman of “Americans for Truth About Homosexuality,” which the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as a hate group. Should Paul win the Iowa caucuses, it will actually be a triumph for a fundamentalist faction that has until now been considered a fringe even on the Christian right.<<<




>>>>Ron Paul has long been a favorite politician of Christian Reconstructionists. (Gary) North was a Paul staffer during the Texas congressman’s first term and has called him the “mahatma of self-government.” As Adele Stan reported on Alternet, in 2008, Howard Phillips, a Christian Reconstructionist who founded the Constitution Party, was the keynote speaker at the rally Paul convened in the shadow of the Republican convention. (That year, Paul endorsed the Constitution Party candidate for president over John McCain.) “The people who I know who are big Ron Paul guys are old school Reconstructionists,” says Paul supporter Brian D. Nolder, the pastor of Christ the Redeemer Church in Pella, Iowa.


It might seem that Paul’s libertarianism is the very opposite of theocracy, but that’s true only if you want to impose theocracy at the federal level. In general, Christian Reconstructionists favor a radically decentralized society, with communities ruled by male religious patriarchs. Freed from the power of the Supreme Court and the federal government, they believe that local governments could adopt official religions and enforce biblical law.<<<


keepusfree's picture

Further explanation here:

Even with Ron Paul, we will have a huge battle ahead. Without him it will be far worse.

old naughty's picture

but but we must follow the money... And GS think three GOP candidates/leaders couldn't match a Dem one?

Or was it affected by inflation?


financial apocalyptic contagion's picture

i think its over for paul tonight
his debate performance was not his best to say the least and this was probably his last chance to place a dent on the romney juggernaut, which he failed to do.
too bad his foreign policy is the most logical one, but he just did a shoddy job of articulating it tonight and south carolina loves the military.
now i think that pathetic "i worked in the pvt sector" bitch has it all sown up
what a shame