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Who Is Funding The Presidential Race? A List Of The Uber-Wealthy Behind The PACs

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Corporations may or may not be people, but money has always talked, and the wealthy certainly do have a lot of excess cash lying around which they would rather prefer spending in hopes of generating the highest IRR possible by influencing the outcome of the presidential race. Below is a look of the uber-rich who have contributed at least $1 million to the major PACs as disclosed to the Federal Election Commission.



Total raised as of June 30: $81.2 million - supports Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney

  • 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
  • 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: $6 million
  • F8 LLC and Eli Publishing - Provo, Utah-based firms that share an address. Both have been linked to former executives of Nu Skin, a Utah-based skin care and cosmetics company. Total donations: $2 million
  • Oxbow Carbon - a Florida-based firm run by Bill Koch, third brother of conservative financiers David and Charles Koch and also a donor. Total Oxbow Carbon and Koch donations: $2 million
  • Julian Robertson - hedge fund industry legend at Tiger Management. Total 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
  • Kenneth Griffin - Chicago-based hedge fund manager and CEO of Citadel LLC. Total donations: $1.1 million
  • Huron Carbon - a private firm that shares its address in Florida with Oxbow Carbon. Donation: $1 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
  • John Paulson - a prominent New York hedge fund manager at Paulson and Co. Donation: $1 million
  • John Kleinheinz - Texas hedge fund manager for Kleinheinz Capital Partners Inc. 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
  • 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
  • Robert Mercer - New York hedge fund manager at Renaissance Technologies. Donation: $1 million
  • Paul Singer - hedge fund manager who helped fund efforts to legalize gay marriage in New York. Donation: $1 million
  • Rooney Holdings Inc - private investment firm formed in 1980s to acquire the Manhattan Construction Co. and since expanding into many areas. Total donations: $1 million
  • Richard Marriott - chairman of Host Marriott International. Total donations: $1 million
  • J.W. Marriott Jr. - chairman and CEO of Marriott International, brother of Richard. Total donations: $1 million
  • Steven Webster - private equity executive at Avista Capital in Houston. Total donations: $1 million
  • John Childs - founder of private equity firm J.W. Childs Associates LP in Florida. Donation: $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


Total raised as of June 30: $19.9 million - supports Democratic President Barack Obama

  • Jeff Katzenberg - chief executive of DreamWorks Animation. Donation: $2 million
  • Irwin Mark Jacobs - former CEO of Qualcomm Inc. Donation: $2 million
  • Fred Eychaner - Founder of Newsweb Corp. Donation: $1.5 million
  • Bill Maher - stand-up comedian. Donation: $1 million
  • Morgan Freeman - Hollywood actor. Donation: $1 million
  • Service Employees International Union Committee on Political Education - union representing more than 2 million workers. Donation: $1 million
  • National Air Traffic Controllers Association - union representing more than 16,000 workers. Donation: $1 million
  • Kareem Ahmed - chief executive at Landmark Medical Management in California. Donation: $1 million
  • Amy Goldman - writer and heiress to the New York real estate fortune of Sol Goldman. Donation: $1 million
  • Steve Mostyn - Houston attorney. Donation: $1 million
  • Franklin Haney - Owner and CEO of FLH Company, a Washington-based real estate company. Donation: $1 million
  • Barbara Stiefel - retiree in Coral Gables, Florida Donation: $1 million


Total raised as of June 30: $40.1 million - supports Republican candidates for federal offices.

  • Harold Simmons - billionaire Dallas banker and CEO of Contran Corp who has contributed to PACs supporting Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. Total donations: $11 million
  • Bob Perry - Houston homebuilder. Total donations: $4.5 million
  • Joe Craft - Billionaire coal executive from Tulsa, Oklahoma, CEO of Alliance Holdings, which is also a donor. Total donations: $2.1 million
  • Contran Corp - Simmons' Dallas-based maker of titanium components. Total donations: $2 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
  • Robert Rowling - an Irving, Texas, businessman and a conservative and active Republican donor. Donation: $1 million
  • TRT Holdings, Inc - Rowling's company that runs Omni Hotel and Gold's Gym chains. Donation: $1 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
  • 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
  • Kenneth Griffin - Citadel Investment Group chief executive. Total donations: $1 million


And the uses of funds:


  • Total raised, including transfers: $302.5 million
  • Raised in June, including transfers: $45.3 million
  • Total transferred from the funds jointly used by the campaign and the Democratic Party: $76.2 million
  • Transferred in June: $17.2 million
  • Total spent: $211.7 million
  • Spent in June: $58.1 million
  • Cash on hand: $97.5 million
  • Debt: $1.2 million


  • Total raised: $100.6 million
  • Raised in June: $6.9 million
  • Total transferred in: $101.4 million
  • Transferred in June: $10.7 million
  • Total spent: $178.4 million
  • Spent in June: $12.7 million
  • Cash on hand: $37.5 million
  • Debt: $5.4 million

OBAMA VICTORY FUND 2012 (The main joint Obama/DNC fund)

  • Cash on hand: $9.0 million

MITT ROMNEY (Republican)

  • Total raised, including transfers: $154.7 million
  • Raised in June, including transfers: $32.6 million
  • Total transferred from the funds jointly used by the party and the Romney campaign: $15.8 million
  • Transferred in June: $8.6 million
  • Total spent: $134.1 million
  • Spent in June: $27.5 million
  • Cash on hand: $22.5 million


  • Total raised: $146.8 million
  • Raised in June: $11.9 million
  • Total transferred in: $55.2 million
  • Transferred in June: $27.3 million
  • Total spent: $120.6 million
  • Spent in June: $11.2 million
  • Cash on hand: $89.4 million
  • Debt: $9.9 million

ROMNEY VICTORY INC (Joint Romney/RNC fund)

  • Total raised: $140.3 million
  • Total spent: $13.3 million
  • Cash on hand: $57.7 million


Appendix: SUPER PACS:

RESTORE OUR FUTURE, a Super PAC supporting Romney

  • Total raised: $81.2 million
  • Raised in June: $20.6 million
  • Total spent: $60.6 million
  • Spent in June: $7.6 million
  • Cash on hand: $21.6 million

PRIORITIES USA, a Super PAC supporting Obama

  • Total raised: $19.9 million
  • Raised in June: $5.7 million
  • Total spent: $18.0 million
  • Spent in June: $4.2 million
  • Cash on hand: $4.5 million

AMERICAN CROSSROADS, a Super PAC supporting Republicans

  • Total raised: $40.1 million
  • Raised in June: $5.7 million
  • Total spent: $9.5 million
  • Spent in June: $3.7 million
  • Cash on hand: $31.5 million

Source: Reuters


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Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:31 | 2638662 negative rates
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Not me.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 13:31 | 2638997 Precious
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Bernanke raised about 2 trillion for Obama.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 14:23 | 2639050 Heavy
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Bought and sold...

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 17:54 | 2639310 FEDbuster
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My small donation (under $100.) and vote went to Ron Paul.  Now any "extra" money goes to preparing for the Obamney collapse. 

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 22:21 | 2639655 caconhma
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Ron Paul is just a diversion. Muppets must feel they have a choice. But they don’t.

Zionist banking Mafia controls/owns all of them. Puppets are different but puppeteers are the same!

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:35 | 2638664 New_Meat
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Foundations are people too! - Ned

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:52 | 2638849 RSloane
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Next up, my bra gets a vote.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:49 | 2638943 ihedgemyhedges
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If you look like your avatar, I vote your bra comes off........and let me know when your thong gets a vote too.......

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:37 | 2638665 Disenchanted
Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:35 | 2638666 tony bonn
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it appears that soetoro will be creamed in this election. of course one should never discount the in kind donations received from the press.

either victor will fuck us royally. vote 3d party or write-in.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:44 | 2638682 CCanuck
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"Got Lube"

Its gonna Hurt, they are the biggest Dicks around!

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:48 | 2638691 Hulk
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Vote however you like, just understand that it ain't going to make a dime's worth of difference to the shit storm that is coming...

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:41 | 2638818 CH1
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Vote? Nah, let it go.

Leave barbarity to barbarians.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:56 | 2638714 Kyron95131
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elections are just exercises of futility to give the people the hope that their opinions matter.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:42 | 2638827 rehypothecator
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Elections are advance auction sales of stolen goods.  

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:15 | 2638890 TWSceptic
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Yes you get the hope but never the change.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 17:48 | 2639271 Ratscam
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if voting would lead to any serious changes, voting would be forbidden.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 18:03 | 2639318 blindfaith
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All of the above Americans who who see no need to vote ( regardsless of party) should excuse themselves from further comments on this site.  You voices are not heard by your own actions of lack thereof.


A sad lot, you are.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 18:59 | 2639397 aheady
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Yes, I'd love to be excused from having to decipher posts like this.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 21:40 | 2639609 Jena
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It must have gone through the wrong cycle in the dishwasher.

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 08:10 | 2639967 CSA
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Didn't realize voting was a pre-req for posting.  I should have read the "Tyler laws" a little closer before signing on.


Non-particpation is a form of protest.  Just because I do a one man nullification of this system does not preclude me from ZH or the Internet.


You keep voting for non-change and I'll keep watching you chase your tail.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:56 | 2638716 Abitdodgie
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Got to love the way they have got us to to be okay with THIER two people we wanted Ron Paul ,but no he is not "one of the two" So now we are left voting for dumb and dummer. That is if you are daft enough to vote.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 13:43 | 2639012 monoloco
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I almost think we'd have been better off with a monarchy, at least with a monarchy, there's a chance of getting an enlightened leader once every century or two.

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 08:09 | 2639968 CSA
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You make a point I've talked about before.  A strong dictator can be a country's best friend until he loses touch with his fellow man... then he becomes a tyrant.  Nothing says he ever has to start on the side of good before losing touch, it could just be that he turns from bad to awful.


Man is flawed and so are his governments (in all forms).

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 09:38 | 2640047 Miffed Microbio...
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Yes, I too have been musing it would be nice to have a "benevolent" dictator now to fix the problems. Of course that is an oxymoron if history is considered. Perhaps it's possible to have one for a brief time and then eliminate the individual when their usefulness has been achieved, before the inevitable descent into power hungry depravity. But that too probably would fail because that void would probably be filled with even a more evil individual. At least historically there does appear to be a way out. Sad to think we're just forever walking on a path of destruction and glimmers of light and hope are so few and far between.

Miffed :-)

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 18:11 | 2639324 knukles
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Still gonna write in RP

And when I tell that to my uber-liberal and neo-con pals, they all shriek, cry, scream, yell, go into conniptions...
No better time to make the "protest" vote heard.
'Cause the other two's ain't no difference than rocks and hard spots.

Plus, I just love to get those folks going at one another with minor innocuous comments....
Better then a casual wank, for sure.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:17 | 2638766 andrewp111
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If you live in a swing state, voting third party is a vote for Obama. Staying home is a vote for Obama. You have 2 choices - Obama or Romney. That is it.


If you live in a landslide state, you have the luxury of a protest vote, because your vote won't matter anyway.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:42 | 2638825 CH1
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Please see my comment above on barbarity.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 13:09 | 2638974 FeralSerf
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So what?  Obama's no worse than Romney.  No better either.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 15:01 | 2639088 OneTinSoldier66
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I don't care what state you live in.


A checkmark in the box is a checkmark in the box. If you vote for Obama, or Ron Paul, or Romney, or Gary Johnson, then that is your vote. Voting third party is not the same as putting a checkmark next to Obama, or Romney. You cannot tell me that if someone votes third party that they are voting for Obama or Romney!


I MEAN WTF!?! You might as well try and tell me that when I'm driving my car I'm not really driving my car, I'm driving someone elses car.


Obama will not get re-elected because of people that voted third party, in whatever state. The people responsible for for getting Obama re-elected will be the people that put a check mark in Obama's box. Same for Romney, for Ron Paul, for Gary Johnson, ect.


NOBODY can factually, honestly, truthfully, or technically say that "my vote" was for Obama, unless I actually put a check mark in his box.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 15:31 | 2639116 t_kAyk
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"When you vote, you didn't really vote - someone else made that happen."

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 21:16 | 2639572 StychoKiller
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Umm, Diebold perchance?

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 08:14 | 2639973 CSA
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Those who vote for Gary Johnson probably weren't voting at all (before a sensible choice came along).

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:39 | 2638672 Need More Cowbell
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Romney $121.3M, Obama $19.9M and not even a US citizen.  Obama is screwed.  :)

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:49 | 2638694 BigMike
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I wish. Obama will give away enough candy to mexicans, students, unions etc to get re-elected

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:48 | 2638833 RSloane
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He wants as many people dependent on the state so he has something to threaten them with.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:01 | 2638734 Abitdodgie
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Well here is the best bit Obame was born in Kenya in 1963 , whilst it was under British rule so he is actually British, so much for the 1776 shit. So what is America going to do about it (silence). I am up for an armed march on the white house, then Congress.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:47 | 2638831 CH1
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I am up for an armed march...

You're tolling, yes?

Forget marches - armed or otherwise.


Sat, 07/21/2012 - 13:18 | 2638985 FeralSerf
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Yep -- armed marches will get you killed or in a prison slave center for an extended period of time.  Advocating them will get you on a list of those that need to be searched, assets confiscated, picked up and put in a concentration camp in the event of an "emergency".

FYI Warning: there are paid shills on internet blogs and message boards that advocate armed struggles against Power Elites.  Their purpose is to create lists of potential troublemakers for TPTB.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 14:18 | 2639045 Abitdodgie
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Yes you are right I will just go back to posting bland comments while America dies , I mean why do anything, fuck America what has it ever done for me. (Got to go CNN are doing a special on gun confiscation , better learn how to hand them in, and give up)

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 16:35 | 2639182 CH1
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OK, presuming that you are NOT a troll, trying to incite people to violence:

I do NOT want you to do nothing. I am suggesting that you ACT.

I recommend that you stop obeying people whom you know to be liars, thieves and whores, and start living YOUR way.

Build the systems you want to use. Network with people you wish to trade with.

Stop using channels that are fully controlled by the aforesaid thieves and whores, and build your own.

Save your slugs for defense and don't try to reform moral degenerates: Leave them in your dust.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 16:34 | 2639198 CH1
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FYI Warning: there are paid shills on internet blogs and message boards that advocate armed struggles against Power Elites.  Their purpose is to create lists of potential troublemakers for TPTB.

You are SO right, Feral - thanks for warning people.


Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:41 | 2638674 Dixie Rect
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Meanhwhile, Gary Johnson continues to recieve a press blackout, and is ignored by big money, since he cannot be controlled like a puppet on strings.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:54 | 2638710 One Ton Lady
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Poor man. He cannot get any traction since he is not getting any jewish financed campaign monies. Names like Johnson just don't cut it anyway in this talmudic world.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:21 | 2638759 RSloane
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The best we can do is write in the politcal leader we think will best get us through some very very tough times ahead. Obama - he has a track record and he's been an outrageously terrible president. Romney - he could lead the troops to a fine five star restaurant and manage to lose half on the way.

Those that can lead us are being shunned by either their own party or the MSM, or both. That's not going to change until Americans across the board put down their Doritos bags and get angry....I mean really angry.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:21 | 2638896 booboo
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I can't figure out why Gary Johnson is getting ignored by the press, he's arleady stated that the debt merchants committed no crimes. Whats a guy gotta do? Personally I think he keeps getting nuzzled out of the Hand Dipped Buttered Banker Cock line at the county fair by Team Obammney 

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 21:18 | 2639579 StychoKiller
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Perhaps he should display his corndog-swallowing skillz... :>D

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:43 | 2638679 jbvtme
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what can mittens do for the uber rich that barry can't or won't do?  and how much more money do the perverts need?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:48 | 2638690 ihedgemyhedges
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How much more do they NEED is not an issue. It's how much more do they WANT that counts.........

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 13:22 | 2638990 FeralSerf
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When asked by a congressman why he needed to speculate in silver to get more money, since he was already a billionaire (when a billion $ was real money), Bunker Hunt said it was how they kept score.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 16:38 | 2639207 James_Cole
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How much more do they NEED is not an issue. It's how much more do they WANT that counts.........

All of it.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 14:22 | 2639048 Abitdodgie
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Obama will start the war with Iran , then he gets voted out and Mitts keeps it going when he is voted in in November, simple.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:46 | 2638686 EscapeKey
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I wonder what sort of yield on their "investments" they expect.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:50 | 2638697 Kayman
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Always nice to know you own both horses in a 2 horse race.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 13:26 | 2638993 FeralSerf
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The Power Elites learned how important that was in the 1960 and the 1932 presidential elections when their men lost.  No problem this time -- their man isn't going to lose.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:51 | 2638701 Kyron95131
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judging by the last 30-40 years of  financial and social stratification in the united states, i would say theres still a couple years left till the wheels fall off! grab what you can while its still rolling!


translated into investmentese:


short term yeilds look good

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:52 | 2638703 malikai
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Best government money can buy!

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:49 | 2638840 CH1
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Best government money can buy!

Yes, and they are deliving wonderfully for the owners.

Not so well for the victims.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:59 | 2638727 nmewn
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Millions spent for a 400k dollar job...I know I would expect more in "value" than a thank you

But I think upholding the Constitution first and foremost might be enough for me, anything else would be just pure gravy. 

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:48 | 2638687 Conrad Murray
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List looks like the makings of a Deck of Cards.

I'm here to tell you you possess the blood of Kings and the spirit of God. Develop your body, the foundation, the temple; the world is your yard. Get off the corner, kick the milk crates aside and throw the sweat-drenched 40 bag away. Find a crosswalk sign, park with bars, scaffolding, anything and start doing your sets. Don't stop until you're the Tookie of your neighborhood and can rip the throat of any of these usurpers of liberty listed above out in one go.

Your mind is a weapon. As such, it must be maintained and trained with. Read more, drink less. If you gotta stay with the sticky, try and run a cipher about individualism, Austrian economics, the rise of Leviathan, the (not really) hidden symbols and meanings, anything of substance.

And don't forget your spirit. Be one with the way. Flow like water, better yet, like lava. Know that you are living in the light of the righteous path. Evil cannot take what your won't allow it to.

TWO GUNS UP, Live Free or Die Tryin

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:58 | 2638726 Hulk
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Going to take a 9 mile hill hike with a 50lb pack in a few hours.

One thing's for sure, I'll appreciate that car more than ever on the ride home...

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:05 | 2638744 ihedgemyhedges
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While many other Americans will be taking a 9 hour spell on the couch with a 30 pack..............

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:21 | 2638774 Hulk
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I can drink two beers at one sitting at most. I have no idea on how folks stuff a six pack or more  into themselves...

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:33 | 2638915 ihedgemyhedges
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Well I'm sure you can tell from the current state of our country that there are plenty of citizens who excel at all sorts of things that have no productive value to society.............

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 14:23 | 2639049 Abitdodgie
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commitment and training.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 16:27 | 2639187 BlueCollaredOne
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I on the other hand don't see how people get a six pack without finishing all six.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 21:07 | 2639560 Hulk
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Now thats funny! I don't care who you are !!!

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 00:32 | 2639785 Taint Boil
Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:49 | 2638692 Cassandra Syndrome
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Is this bullish?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:55 | 2638713 t_kAyk
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Everything is bullish.  Or bullshit.  Or both. 

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:50 | 2638695 q99x2
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How much does a Government solar contract cost. That's what I want to know. Or, is this just the preliminary funds for later contracts.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:00 | 2638733 RSloane
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The cost is you have to be a hefty contributor to the Obama campaign or be married to one. You must also have failed Business 101.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:50 | 2638696 Cassandra Syndrome
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Beats estimates?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:51 | 2638699 lostintheflood
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these are the "persons" who are buying our politicians...

it's shameful that our politicians are for sale.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:56 | 2638718 El Gordo
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Hey, I'm for sale. I'm not cheap, but will consider offers in the moderate price range.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 21:33 | 2639594 StychoKiller
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Hmm, if I were to give you a hamburger today... :>D

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:06 | 2638746 RSloane
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I have three words to make you laugh - Campaign Finance Reform. Not ever gonna happen.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:53 | 2638705 deepsouthdoug
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All about getting the worst democracy money can buy.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:55 | 2638707 Heroic Couplet
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Republicans can't say tax cuts create US jobs. Politically, they've shot themselves in the foot. When Move On came out and endorsed Barack Obama, the next ad was Mitt RoMONEY, Bain and Co: How Many American Jobs Did HeSend Offshore? The election will be a referendum on failed Republican policy.

People who are unemployed should be conducting their job search from a Republican's office. The phone, fax, computers, desk, utilities, and restrooms should be at their disposal. Take a camera, invite the Republicans to call Faux News. Believe me, they won't want to.



Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:07 | 2638741 RSloane
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Yeah, the president of Obama's Jobs Council, Immelt, should have his middle name changes to outsourcing. Obama said hey this guy knows how to get things done in America - that was right after Immelt sent another 3,000 jobs to China. People like you are so fucking partisan that you don't realize you're killing this country.


Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:27 | 2638787 nmewn
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"How Many American Jobs Did HeSend Offshore?"

Jeff Immelt...need I say more?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:27 | 2638902 TWSceptic
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So a company should deliberately reduce its profits to support political and nationalistic ideas, even if it goes bankrupt as a result of it, is that what you're saying?


The real problem isn't China but over-regulated America. People like you create the problem, then blame the other party for acting rationally. It's really quite pathetic.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 16:57 | 2639230 James_Cole
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The real problem isn't China but over-regulated America. People like you create the problem, then blame the other party for acting rationally. It's really quite pathetic.

It should go without saying that China is one of the most tightly regulated countries in the world. Impossible to operate a business there without tight ties to local gov officials and lots of "gift$" 

And then don't complain when they steal your tech and undercut you with massive gov support. 

Fairly ironic that American capitalists love outsourcing their manufacturing to a fascist country and then complain that USA has too much gov interference.  

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:54 | 2638709 razorthin
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Who? Those who benefit from fiat, frb, zirp, nirp.  To either major party, end of story.


Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:55 | 2638711 RockyRacoon
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Money is speech, sayeth the SCOTUS.   That's supposedly the end of the argument -- I say supposedly.   The people were not consulted on that, so the last word hath not yet been spoken.

Oh, by the way, ya'll.  I was wondering why a person has to put up a deposit to get his own belongings back:

July 18 (Bloomberg) -- The trustee liquidating Peregrine Financial Group Inc. said only about 11 of 24,000 futures customers have “specifically identifiable property” eligible to be returned to them.

Peregrine founder Russell R. Wasendorf Sr., 64, admitted stealing at least $100 million from the Cedar Falls, Iowa-based firm, according to an FBI affidavit accompanying a criminal complaint unsealed upon his July 13 arrest. The National Futures Association reported July 9 that Peregrine appeared to be missing at least $200 million in client funds. Wasendorf attempted suicide outside the firm’s headquarters that day.

The trustee, Ira Bodenstein, said the assets he is seeking to return are defined as securities, warehouse receipts, cash and other assets that are registered in customers’ names and aren’t transferable. The 11 eligible customers mostly hold warehouse receipts for precious metals, he said in a court filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Chicago.

According to U.S. rules for liquidating a futures brokerage, other customer property must be distributed pro rata based on net equity claims. Commodity contracts that can’t be traced to a particular customer will be liquidated, along with securities and other assets held by the firm’s estate that don’t fit the definition of specifically identifiable property.

Metals Receipts

As a result, customers of the futures brokerage who have a right to return of property won’t necessarily get 100 percent of their assets, Bodenstein said.

Bodenstein didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on the outlook for Peregrine’s remaining customers. An e-mail said he was out of the office.

Wasendorf established the firm as Wasendorf & Son Inc. in 1980, renamed it Peregrine 10 years later and opened a Chicago office, according to its website. The firm filed to liquidate in Chapter 7 bankruptcy on July 10.

Customers with returnable metals warehouse receipts may have to post a deposit to receive the receipts, he said. Notices letting eligible customers know they must request return of property will be sent in writing to those customers, he said.

The bankruptcy case is In re Peregrine Financial Group Inc., 12-27488, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:53 | 2638850 Bay of Pigs
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that give the word "deposit" a whole new meaning. wtf?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:56 | 2638855 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1

Excellent reporting Rocky.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:56 | 2638715 roadhazard
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All that money to somehow get me to vote for smoke and mirrors. 

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:58 | 2638723 LoneStarHog
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Then there was Ron Paul's Money Bombs with an average contribution of around $25.00 by MILLIONS of nobody Americans.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:04 | 2638725 GlomarHabu
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O/T ... but we need to do it better than other sites.

Often times the Greek term "hoi polloi" is used by contributors. The meaning is clear enough , however it is usually written  "the hoi polloi". Not good.

Linguistic prescriptivists and students of ancient Greek argue that, given that hoi is a definitive article, the phrase "the hoi polloi" is redundant, akin to saying "the the masses".

In today's world everything is being rewritten, from something formerly a fact to a new community conformity. I prefer to stick with the original usage and drop the redundant "the".

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:30 | 2638792 Pants McPants
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Good point.  I'm guitly of it often, but I try to reduce the amount of 'word weeds' I used when writing.

Phrases I can't stand yet can't ignore:

Reply back

Pattern repeats

ATM machine

PIN number

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:45 | 2638937 GlomarHabu
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Good points ..... I only found out about the hoi polloi deal when a Yale graduate "tutored" me in what I have now passed on to others.

Believe me I am no precisian but I work at life long learning.  It helps distract from all the things over which I have no control.

Thanks for your insights.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 21:37 | 2639603 StychoKiller
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How about pre-pay?


Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:04 | 2638730 The Count
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Hmmmm, missing from the list are all the hollywood moguls: Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen, Eisner, Weinstein,etc etc (all of the Jewish faith, who would have known)...



Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:18 | 2638770 goodrich4bk
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Katzenberg is right at the top of the list.  How could you miss him if you read it?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:24 | 2638783 The Count
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Oops, me blind.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:22 | 2638778 andrewp111
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Obviously you can't read. Katzenberg is on the list for the Obama super pac.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:02 | 2638739 gnr
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lose lose

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:07 | 2638747 Seasmoke
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You would have to be blind not to notice all the Jews on the lists. You would have to be brain dead not to have serious concern of why this is.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:09 | 2638749 RSloane
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We live in an Idiotcracy. The only questions people ask are about the Kardashians.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:20 | 2638757 divide_by_zero
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Were's the Soros' money, he's usually good for tens of miillions a year towards Progressives(but he doesn't like the Rino brand of Progressives like Bushie and Mitt) though much of that through his 500-1000 front groups(Open Society, Tides, MoveOn, Media Matters etc ) to avoid publicity like this. Hi son also setup a SuperPac, "Friends of Democracy", obviously BS runs in the family . Then the Progressive media virtual donation (MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, NYT, AP, WaPO, HuffPoo etc) carrying water everyday.

The fund setup by Jonathan Soros announcement is pretty funny, claiming as a goal to take big money out of politics, from LA Times

George Soros' son launches anti-big money 'super PAC'

|By Matea Gold  

Amid the teeth-gnashing about the gusher of big checks shaping this year’s campaign, some liberal activists see an opportunity.

A new “super PAC” called Friends of Democracy aims to tap into the distaste voters have for money in politics by making that the theme of their attacks against House incumbents in tight races.

“You’re not going to accomplish the kind of reforms that are needed unless politicians believe there is a consequence to inaction,” said founder Jonathan Soros, son of billionaire liberal financier George Soros.

The organization plans to target 10 to 15 House incumbents whom the group sees as captives of big-money interests. Using mail, phone and Internet ads in competitive districts, the super PAC believes it can swing some races by going after independent voters.

Issue after issue will touch on where the candidate has gotten their money, issues of trust,” said David Donnelly, executive director of the Public Campaign Action Fund, who is co-directing the new super PAC with former MoveOn communications director Ilyse Hogue.

The organizers said the super PAC is nonpartisan, but admit most of its targets will likely be Republicans, who have been largely hostile to campaign finance reform. Among the incumbents it initially plans to go after are Charles Bass (R-N.H.), Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) and Jim Renacci (R-Ohio).

A sister organization, set up as a traditional PAC, will support House challengers who share the group’s views.

The ultimate goal: to elect a cadre of lawmakers who will push a new package of campaign finance reform, including measures that will elevate the role of small donors and bring more transparency to outside groups active in politics.

While the super PAC’s plans for 2012 are relatively modest, organizers said they hope to build a foundation for a more robust program in 2014.

“If another election goes by without some clear statement that enough is enough, you could very quickly establish a new normal that is really a danger to the health of our representative democracy, where people simply give up and think we as voters are not relevant to the process,” Soros said.

He personally contributed $100,000 to the organization and hopes to ultimately raise $5 million to $8 million. (So far, George Soros – who has made limited donations to Democratic super PACs -- has not ponied up any money. Jonathan Soros said he told his father about the effort, but has not asked for a donation.)

Jonathan Soros noted that Friends of Democracy is not seeking to do away with super PACs, which other campaign finance reform advocates have sought to constrain. But the group is seeking to make super PACs and their unlimited donations less influential by helping small donors have a larger footprint in campaigns.

“We see the irony in what we’re doing,” Soros admitted.


Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:14 | 2638758 francis_sawyer
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OT... But I've been watching the British Open gold championship the past few days & they've been running this commercial... (Franklin Templeton)


It's chock full of occult symbolism:

- pans up (:10), and Big Ben is there (with the time set at 9/11)

- to the right of that stand the Petronas Towers (as the occult 'horns' symbol), with La Défense, Paris, overlooking, and the TransAmerica "pyramid" on the other side, (not to mention the Chrysler building acting as the needle of Osiris)...

- In the next frame, you have this image where "8" people are in a conference room at "4" computer screens (the Petronas Towers are looking in from the background ~ kinda "Lord of the Rings" like)... The blonde to the left flashes 4 fingers (at :11 seconds), then the man with his back to the camera points right at the black man walking right into the center of the frame at (:13) seconds... Maybe I have a vivid imagination, but the birthday of Barack Obama is 8/4... In that moment, he's walking right under the middle of "3" screens that say Mumbai...

- Later you hear the narration which talks about the "broader" (Global) perspective (as More illuminati) symbols are stuffed into the frame)

- Then ~ at :17 seconds you have a full face view of Mt. Fuji (which looks just like the all-seeing eye pyramid on the back of the dollar), together with the "needle of Osiris", (the tallest building in the world, in Dubai), standing in opposition to Taiwan 101...

I guess I just have a vivid imagination (or am bored with the golf)...



Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:23 | 2638780 The Count
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Soros is really an immigrated European jew who wants the US to become a socialist country like France, where I think he used to live. But don't be fooled by any BS he likes to dish out, he almost single handidly forced the UK into bankrupcy and now tells everybody what they should do to 'save the Euro/Europe'. He is just as bad as Trump, another billionaire we could do without. 

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:27 | 2638908 booboo
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Well, Trump wasn't ratting out his neighbors to Nazi Welcome Wagon when he was 15 either. 

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 15:11 | 2639096 The Count
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Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:23 | 2638782 t_kAyk
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Might find this interesting...

A Chinese advertisement was recently released for the Euro 2012 soccer tournament which created some controversy.

Even though the ad is for a soccer tournament, it strangely depicts war-like scenes with tanks and anti-aircraft batteries being shot at planes flying in the sky and even a bomb being dropped on the stadium itself. (Commercial is available here.)

The song being sung is the Chinese version of a Russian-themed masterpiece talking about the Communist-Russian Jewish song "Farewell Slavianka"...It's all about rise, betrayal, and war.

The advertisement also suggests that the terrorist attack will be broadcast live on Television.

Right after the explosion, there is a quick flash with the words "NOW-TV" which implies that it will happen very soon as the commercial was aired recently during the Euro 2012 soccer tournament.

Were the Chinese secret services leaked intelligence on the Olympics attacks? Did they leak this warning out during the Euro 2012 soccer tournament?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 23:51 | 2638776 tony wilson
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romeney looks nice

nice famely man

nice kids

nice smile

nice suets very smart

looks like my docter

nice helty pinky white skin

nice religeon

nice man to take over where osama has finished off

nice man to kill more arabs in iren

doze folks cant bee trusted wid der oil and gas

romaney friend will look after it

we needs cheap gas godamit

dis is a conspitrecy 

we keep takin der arabs oil and yet we still have to pay money dollars for it 

dis is wrong its shud be free

when i takes stuff from kids and old women itakes it i dont pay dem.



Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:34 | 2638801 pragmatic hobo
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... between rombamma and obammney, does it matter who gets elected?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:51 | 2638843 RSloane
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No but the blind partisan sheeple will pretend it does.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 18:29 | 2639352 samsara
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No, they're not pretending, they really believe it does.

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 00:19 | 2639772 De minimus
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Romney, is not a Marxist and yes, that matters.

Romney will never be accorded the cover from the media that their fellow Marxists continually get. And that too, matters.

The common denominator here is the Radical Left. Not republican or democrat, We are well beyond that stage now. no matter what the boobs on the tubes tell you.

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 00:12 | 2639764 De minimus
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I don't know, does it? I mean what's the diffence between a bicycling social do-gooder and a flat out Marxist riding a rocket to the same destination?

The timeing. The wreckage. The potenial to deflect and evade those results?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:36 | 2638809 Marley
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Wake the fuck up.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 15:58 | 2639145 ali-ali-al-qomfri
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Look up interviews with Yuri Bezmenov, Charlotte Thompson there is plenty more to show you the illusion being perpetrated around and through you. WAKE UP friends.


Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:04 | 2638872 Spastica Rex
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Free speech isn't free.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:14 | 2638889 orangegeek
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When these markets collapse, Obama's fate is sealed.


It is rare to see a President get re-elected in a down market.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:26 | 2638907 the 300000000th...
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I will vote, i will write in ron paul's name, crossing out everything else

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:42 | 2638931 Morrotzo
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Look at the names of the people "donating" (purchasing) the presidency...

  • 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
  • John Kleinheinz - Texas hedge fund manager for Kleinheinz Capital Partners Inc. Donation: $1 million
  • Jeff Katzenberg - chief executive of DreamWorks Animation. Donation: $2 million
  • Irwin Mark Jacobs - former CEO of Qualcomm Inc. Donation: $2 million
  • Bill Maher - stand-up comedian. Donation: $1 million
  • Amy Goldman - writer and heiress to the New York real estate fortune of Sol Goldman. Donation: $1 million
  • Steve Mostyn - Houston attorney. Donation: $1 million
  • Franklin Haney - Owner and CEO of FLH Company, a Washington-based real estate company. Donation: $1 million
  • Barbara Stiefel - retiree in Coral Gables, Florida Donation: $1 million

Doesn't that bother anybody? I can't be certain on all of 'em but it looks like these lists are a Rabbi away from being a synagogue.



Sat, 07/21/2012 - 13:42 | 2639011 Greenie
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Just a guess but most  of them probably have 2 passports

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 00:03 | 2639757 De minimus
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So your point is that there are stupid Jews? They exist in Israel as well although there, it's harder to construct the illusions that the left needs to, with rockets raining down on their communities and entire families being murdered in the middle night but especially the targeting of women and children, as primary targets.

This is not a Jewish conspiracy. This is a Marxist conspiracy,  and Marxists come in all colours, shapes and sizes as well as ethnicities. There are many involved who are not Jews and many who are Muslim, many who are black and many who are white. Marxists never turn anyone down as long as they are useful in the "struggle."

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 12:42 | 2640369 Winston Smith 2009
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Bill Maher is an atheist (like me):


Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:48 | 2638939 Gromit
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OT - Read in the FT this morning that Mitt Romney has an IRA worth "$21MM to $100MM." Not a rollover, just wise investment. The FT speculates that the valuation of controlled securities placed in the IRA was greater than the value reproted to the IRS.

Tell me how you did it, Mitt!

Every time I come up with a creative plan like this my accountant nixes it for indirect self dealing.

Mitt I will vote for you if you show how you did it!



Sat, 07/21/2012 - 13:03 | 2638963 Azwethinkweiz
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Stumbled upon this video response to Sarah Silverman's Obama endorsement:

An Indecent Proposal to Sheldon Adelson's Prostate

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 13:36 | 2638998 Pure Evil
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Well, I guess Romney is receiving enough money to get elected POTUS, while Obama is receiving his parting gifts. I have to wonder if Obama isn't tucking a tidy amount in some offshore account for after the election.

"According to the Center for Responsive Politics, there are 25 senators and representatives this year who have announced their retirement and who are collectively sitting on $31 million in authorized campaign committee cash.

While the F.E.C. clearly says campaign committee cash can't be tapped for personal use, there are no such stipulations for certain political action committees, most controversially 'leadership PACs' that elected officials can use to support various political causes other than their own."


One things for sure, we won't have to worry about the sham of US elections ever disappearing, or being stuck with some two-bit dictator. There's just too much money sloshing around for the politicians to ever want to end the scam of vote buying.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 13:53 | 2639025 sgt_doom
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The Palin Choice

One of the very few intelligent choices John McCain has made in his life (no, not bombing his own aircraft carrier, and not getting shot down and captured in less than 24 hours in actual combat in his extraordinarily short time in combat) was to examine Mitt Romney's background, including his tax returns, in depth, and decide to chose the more intelligent candidate as his running mate, Sarah Palin!

And if Sarah Palin is more qualified than Mitt the Twit, and RambObama is not the guy for you, well then, that should logically dictate we vote for the obvious and ethical and most intelligent presidential candidate:


The choice is soooo obvious. . .

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 15:51 | 2639134 Savyindallas
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yEAh -Palin is a real genius, But she's gettin kind of old  -boobs sagging more, ass more flabby. I think Mitt should get Bristol for his running mate  -get her in shape  -get some younger hotter ass to get the male vote more excited.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 14:16 | 2639042 Peter K
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You forgot to mention the leftist foundations, i.e. Ford, McArther, Rochefeller. They are all DemoCommiNazis and they swamp you list:)

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 13:37 | 2639059 WarPony
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"I SAID, read that tele-prompter Bitch!"

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 15:42 | 2639128 Hey Assholes
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What an incredible waste of money! 

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 15:48 | 2639132 Savyindallas
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unless you're a crook trying to buy influence from the sleazy crooked politicians of both parties  -then it's money well spent. A very prudent and safe investment.

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 16:32 | 2639196 MStickle
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The tracking and tallying is more than a bit misleading: it omits the Obama funding source that trumps all others, the incumbency.  He has exploited it agressively since the day he was sworn in, far more so than any of his predecessors.  In many respects, of curse, it's understandable.  After all, campaigning is all he really knows how to do, and he clearly has neither the aptitude nor the taste for the heavy lifting that is associated with actual governance.


Sat, 07/21/2012 - 23:44 | 2639743 De minimus
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He is the face on the ugly Marxist monster. The point of view that shall not be named but is ever present. Hillary is pretty far left and even she wasn't good enough for the controlling members of her party. If that gives you some insight as to what is actually going on.

They will ride in the Zils while we walk and pay the bills. The bills that they have created and they will lie about that too. And the media will continue to report it as the truth. They are liars all and seek money and power because money is power and this moneyed government has an insatiable hunger for both, even from the back of it's own people. So what's new? American tyrants and villains this time, just because they can, Just because they are un-just and hold the levers of power.

The media allow this to be so because they have always in recent times, favoured the radical left. Until it affects them negatively, they will never stop creating the conditions and outcomes they seek. They know the truth, they know the facts but will not report them.

What more do we need to know of them and their friends in government?

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