Guess The Politician... And Follow The Money

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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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Tue, 01/17/2012 - 13:49 | 2071567 Jena
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Fair enough.  

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 20:51 | 2069769 Clycntct
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Can we see the same stat for Bush but also for 2008?

Playing both sides.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 20:54 | 2069772 Dr.Vannostrand
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I guess the UC schools have been raising tutition last couple of years to fill void left by the donations to Hopey Mcshitpants. Professor Ned Beaty Romer up @ Cal better get some "bake" sales going on @ Berkeley to raise some more funds for the TOTUS (for medical use only of course). Ahhh, I love my fucked up state.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:09 | 2069807 xela2200
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No, they are using your tax money to give it to politicians. Yes, you live in a fucked up state. Too bad, it has nice weather and mostly nice people.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:18 | 2069820 Dr.Vannostrand
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This I am aware of my friend; simply making a goof, or was i? Weather is great, some good peeps, a lot of fake ones (people and breasts), and you can get a quality burrito pretty much anywhere anytime of night. But the pols are horrible and the citizens clueless; I'm doing my part, hopefully many more in my generation (30yr old) are as well, because everything that is going on today in the world, well, sucks.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:24 | 2069835 MsCreant
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Welcome Dr. I'd say come on in, the water's fine, but it ain't, it's close to boiling. Your crew is my best hope for us all. Some one has to clean up this mess we have left you.

Fake everything is getting under my skin these days. The next trend will be towards authentic. They will try to engineer that too.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:54 | 2069919 mess nonster
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I have some very, VERY high quality virtual authentic right here, but it's going to cost you.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 22:25 | 2069985 knukles
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Mon, 01/16/2012 - 23:05 | 2070044 nmewn
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Won't you please give the most generous amount possible?

Your kind donation of even a dollar a day will assure that the poverty stricken, homeless banker and his children will have some small comfort in their hour of need. Everyone deserves a second chance, even their pets. Throw them a bone.

Thank you.

All donations are not tax deductible and at least four cents of every dollar is guaranteed to go to the needy entities listed of your choice.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 22:52 | 2070021 Dr.Vannostrand
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I'm well aware, been reading ZH for a while before registering. Speaking of which, hope your home is coming along, I recall either a tornado or hurricane.
A faint glimmer of hope... Over the weekend was going to go out for friend's b-day, but it was axed last minute. the GF and I were dressed up so I said, "let's go out". Her retort, "no, let's stay home, would rather save the money for ammo". I was shocked, as she is thinks I'm nuts for the most part; but she is coming along.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 00:01 | 2070114 RockyRacoon
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Lucky you!  Frugal is good.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 01:15 | 2070214 MsCreant
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House is still being built, hope it is done in the next month and a half.

Tornado, no one was hurt badly. 

I co-opted my hubby by designating him to take care of stuff he is interested in any way. What ex-military guy does NOT want to cover guns and training for the family for instance. Taking her interests and concerns into consideration might get her even more invested and could be fun for the relationship. I enjoy partnering, feels good.

Best wishes.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 01:28 | 2070233 Dr.Vannostrand
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Thanks for the advice & good stuff about your home.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:33 | 2069853 mick_richfield
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Weather is great

You don't have weather, you have climate.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 22:43 | 2070012 Dr.Vannostrand
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Thanks for the heads up (no sarc). At times, I respond quickly and FAIL to use proper grammar. Kaliphornia edumacation for ya.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:12 | 2069814 Freddie
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Colleges are a joke now.  CA used to have great uni's but they have been wrecked along with the entire state due to PC/liberalism.   Somebody has to pay for tenured prefessors and their $450,000 a year pensions after they taught hate and grievance studies at the university.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:43 | 2069881 Jendrzejczyk
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TEE VEE made them do it.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 09:35 | 2070660 Calmyourself
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CA still has VDH and that man is a titan.  Now, if we can just get him out of there..

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 20:55 | 2069773 island
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"Su-prize, su-prize" says Gomer Pyle, USMC

Of course, this is no su-prize, but it does explain why I see nooses in my dreams. LOL


Mon, 01/16/2012 - 22:00 | 2069938 carguym14
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Long tall trees.

Short rope.


Mon, 01/16/2012 - 20:54 | 2069775 Hanging By A Thread
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Romney will go down as one of our greatest presidents - he will join the ranks of Washington and Lincoln

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 20:58 | 2069783 Jendrzejczyk
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May I borrow your thread?

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:06 | 2069798 MsCreant
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He doesn't look well hung, does he?

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:07 | 2069801 Dr.Vannostrand
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Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:11 | 2069812 Jendrzejczyk
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Don't encourage her. ;)

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:30 | 2069846 MsCreant
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I saw that.


Vee have Vays of dealink vith your kind...


Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:45 | 2069890 francis_sawyer
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I'm starting to wonder (fear) you... A couple of weeks ago, I remember you making a remark about that long hairy balls avatar dude that posts here... Then, just above... & now this...


Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:58 | 2069930 MsCreant
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Dear Francis,

Sometimes I am quite serious, and other times, I am a MsCreant. One of the things I love about Zero Hedge is that I don't have to be good. I can be as bad as I want to be and they won't ban me. Sometimes I want to be bad. A poem for you from Mary Oliver, maybe my most favorite of all. I post it from time to time and I never tire of it.

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 22:00 | 2069934 francis_sawyer
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One of the things I love about Zero Hedge is that I don't have to be good. I can be as bad as I want to be and they won't ban me.

+1 (and many internets)

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 22:39 | 2070005 DarthVaderMentor
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Damn right francis_sawyer! or even ridiculed by new sudden ID's or your mail monitored!


Rumor has it the Donglicker got so emotional he threatened to shut down the whole site......look at his last line

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 02:56 | 2070332 akak
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"Donglicker", LOL!

But now, having gone to that viper's pit via your provided link, I feel the urge to go take a shower.  Hopefully, I won't accidentally get blasted by an initial burst of cold water, or there just might be some deflation.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:58 | 2069932 Goldilocks
Mon, 01/16/2012 - 22:44 | 2070009 Taint Boil
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Deleted - I learned the hard way with Ms C.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 00:59 | 2070196 MsCreant
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You like to be bad too. I enjoy your posts, like your perspective.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:00 | 2069785 Dr.Vannostrand
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Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:14 | 2069816 Freddie
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Lincoln was NOT a good President.   The Civil War was a money making venture of the House of Roths***d.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:27 | 2069844 LongBalls
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Lincoln was also the whore who gave birth to executive orders. Aside from morally wanting to free slaves, Lincoln was a disaster.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:33 | 2069854 MsCreant
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Did he morally want to free slaves? I heard it was a little more complex than that. I heard he thought they were inferior, that the races should not mix, and that the government should have supported sending them back to where they came from. He wanted them to enlist so that he could have soldiers with skin in the game, so to speak.

He was a friend to slaves only in a relative way.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:49 | 2069904 francis_sawyer
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Lincoln was faced with the dilemma of fighting the South or fighting the bankers...

He caved to the bankers... Then when the war was over, they shot him...

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 02:17 | 2070292 Boxed Merlot
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At the beginning of the war the south had 15million in specie.  Northern investors had ties to the California mother lode and the Comstock in Nevada.  Ships left regularly from the US mint on the Embarcadero in San Francisco to New York City with ballasts of 1, 2 and up to 3 million in gold and silver from these mines.  These ships and cargo were owned by JPM, Andrew Carnegie and others and were used to finance the war.  In addition to the $850 paid to his replacement, Carnegie also donated a ship to Lincoln worth 1 million in the day.  The south tried to intercept these shipments but the closest they came was attacking an empty returning from NY heading to CA.

Though not involved in the physical battles per se, California’s contribution to the Union victory cannot be underestimated.  Personally, if not for the discovery of gold in the state some 10 years earlier, I wonder if cotton would not have been de-throned as king and the war not have occurred at all.   

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 02:40 | 2070313 Vlad Tepid
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Interesting story and a love a good Harry Turtledove-style yarn but I call bullshit here.  During the Civil War, Morgan was a 20-something who hadn't even made partner in a bank and Carnegie was operating railway logistics for the North...Lincoln had never heard of either of theseguys by the time hee was assassinated.  Where did you dig this up?

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 22:47 | 2070002 knukles
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One evening George and Martha were watching National Geograhic.  It was a program about the deep dark innermost unexplored reaches of Africa. It showed a band of erstwhile explorers who had stumbled upon a heretofore undiscovered tribe. They were fascinated by many of the rituals, inparticular one that the men preformed to enlarge their penises by hanging many pounds of objects therefrom.
Now, George and Martha starting to get quite old and what with Martha feeling somewhat ignored and in want of possibly her last fling before expiring, suggested to George that he try the same trick.
Being the dutiful husband, George proceeded to thread together 100 lbs of free weights which he then knotted to the end of his schlong.
Several days later, being curious, Martha asked George how it was working, to which he replied; "It's not got much longer at all, but sure has turned black."

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 01:09 | 2070207 MsCreant
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Guess George had some skin in the game too! ;-)

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 16:17 | 2075575 LongBalls
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It's a moot point in my view. They are free now and rightly so. No matter his motivation the outcome was just. That aside, he was a complete tyrant, warmonger, and treasonist enemy of the state. If indeed your facts back up history I thank you. I will look it up for myself and uphold history in the future with my statements.

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 22:30 | 2076729 i-dog
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   "he was a complete tyrant, warmonger, and treasonist enemy of the state"

A correction: He was not an "enemy of the state", he was a friend of 'the State' and an enemy of the individual States of the Union ... by overriding the wishes of those who legitimately voted to secede, under the terms of the Constitution, and waging an imperialist war of aggression against them to force them to remain.

What he did was analagous to Brussels declaring war against the PIIGS if they chose to withdraw from the Euro ... or the US waging war against New Zealand if it chose to withdraw from the ANZUS Treaty ... or a husband beating his wife senseless and locking her in the basement if she asked for a divorce.

His actions were totally criminal and inexcusable.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 00:37 | 2077004 MsCreant
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Glad you posted that. I only learned about this last year. I bought the whole "south bad" "north good" story until then. It was really grey and complex. Opened my mind to what the Rebels saw. I don't support slavery, but the truth is neither side was clean on that count (those in power did not give a shit about them as human beings, they were a bargaining chip) and the reason they tried to sucede is that territories were occupied that, according to the terms of the Constitution, the feds promised not to do. When the feds came in "took land" and basically said "fuck you" that is when they withdrew. The terms for them Joining the US were always tentative and conditional, the feds violated a condition. Blew my mind. I've bought into southern guilt all my life and I had the story wrong. It was a big deal learning about this.

Again, things are so tense between the races, I feel a little defensive, I want to make clear, slavery is wrong (never mind we all benefit from it today with all the stuff we buy from small brown people working in factories at below subsistence wages and conditions, maybe worse than some of our slaves had it). But it is that tension that prevents folks from knowing about why individual states started to withdraw. The narrative rewritten says north educated sophisticated and good, south backwards savage and bad. Guess it is shorter to write it this way in a kid's history text (like mine was). 

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 07:58 | 2077345 i-dog
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When you look into it further, MsC, you'll find that slavery only became an issue later -- when the North looked like it was about to lose the war! The North then brought out the slavery card (the 19th century equivalent of "doing it for the children") to attempt to gain some moral high ground and thereby (successfully) improve enlistments.

The original cause of the South's secessions was over unfair tariff issues (though I've forgotten most of the details right now).

The reason you'll never find the truth in school history books is the subversion of the American education system by three founding 'Skull & Bones' members (on behalf of a foreign power, which shall remain nameless in this post). They studied Hegel together in Germany after graduating from Yale, then returned to the US to later become presidents of Yale, Johns Hopkins and Cornell and exert an extreme influence over the development of the dumbing down of America. One of them was also the founder of the Carnegie Institution (using Carnegie's money) - aligning him closely with eugenics, Morgan and Rockefeller. It's all a filthy tale, with the same players and families reappearing in scene after scene after scene, when you look under the clean white skin.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 12:52 | 2078183 MsCreant
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Funny Obama likes him so much. You know he has to know the truth!!

Nice talking with you, as always.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:40 | 2069873 Vlad Tepid
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Forced conscription, institution of a federal income tax, suspension of Habeas Corpus.  If I had to pick a favorite president who grew up in a log cabin, Andy Jackson would get my vote a lot quicker than Lincoln.

Lincoln's even on record saying that if he could save the Union and free no slaves, he would go for that option.  The Emancipation Proclamation only went into effect in Confederate States...slave-holding Union states (yeah, they had those) were exempt.

Edit: Drat! MsC beat me!  Cheers!

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:44 | 2069886 MsCreant
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Cheers Vlad, you did it better. Quality over speed wins every time in my book.


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