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Exposed: The Names of Billionaires Who Are Buying Off U.S. Elections

In a report called America For Sale: A Report on Billionaires Buying the 2012 ElectionSenator Bernie Sanders names names, and calls out those who are using their billions to buy off elections.


Sanders effectively outed the billionaires, but says that there are more, and our government is now for sale.

“What the Supreme Court did in Citizens United is to say to these same billionaires and the corporations they control: ‘You own and control the economy, you own Wall Street, you own the coal companies, you own the oil companies. Now, for a very small percentage of your wealth, we’re going to give you the opportunity to own the United States government.’”

From the report:

1). Sheldon Adelson, owner of the Las Vegas Sands Casino, is worth nearly $25 billion, making him the 14th wealthiest person in the world and the 7th richest person in America. While median family income plummeted by nearly 40% from 2007-2010, Mr. Adelson has experienced a nearly eightfold increase in his wealth over the past three years (from $3.4 billion to $24.9 billion). Forbes recently reported that Adelson is willing to spend a “limitless” amount of money or more than $100 million to help defeat President Obama in November.


2. The Kochs (David, Charles, and William) 
are worth a combined $103 billion, according to Forbes. They have pledged to spend about $400 million during the 2012 election season. The Kochs own more wealth than the bottom 41.7 percent of American households or more than 49 million Americans.

3. Jim Walton is worth $23.7 billion. He has donated $300,000 to super PACs in 2012.

4. Harold Simmons is worth $9 billion. He has donated $15.2 million to super PACs this year.

5. Peter Thiel is worth $1.5 billion. He has donated $6.7 million to Super PACs this year.

6. Jerrold Perenchio is worth $2.3 billion. He has donated $2.6 million to super PACs this year.

7. Kenneth Griffin is worth $3 billion and he has given $2.08 million to super PACs in 2012.

8. James Simons 
is worth $10.7 billion and he has given $1.5 million to super Pacs this year.

9. Julian Robertson is worth $2.5 billion and he has given $1.25 million to super PACs this year.

 10. Robert Rowling is worth $4.8 billion and he has given $1.1 million to super PACs.

11. John Paulson, the hedge fund manager who made his fortune betting that the sub-prime mortgage market would collapse, is worth $12.5 billion. He has donated $1 million to super PACs.

12. Richard and J.W. Marriott
 are worth a combined $3.1 billion and they have donated $2 million to super PACs this year.

13. James Davis is worth $1.9 billion and he has given $1 million to super PACs this year.


14. Harold Hamm
 is worth $11 billion and he has given $985,000 to super PACs this year.


15. Kenny Trout
 is worth more than $1.2 billion and he has given $900,000 to super PACs this year.

16. Louis Bacon is worth $1.4 billion and he has given $500,000 to super PACs this year.

17. Bruce Kovner is worth $4.5 billion and he has given $500,000 to super PACs this year.

18. Warren Stephens is worth $2.7 billion and he has given $500,000 to super PACs this year.

19. David Tepper is worth $5.1 billion and he has given $375,000 to super PACs this year.

20. Samuel Zell is worth $4.9 billion and he has given $270,000 to super PACs this year.

21. Leslie Wexner is worth $4.3 billion and he has given $250,000 to super PACs this year.

22. Charles Schwab
 is worth $3.5 billion and he has given $250,000 to super PACs this year.

23. Kelcy Warren
 is worth $2.3 billion and he has given $250,000 to super PACs this year.

 

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  1. Conspiciously, and conveniently omitted is the fact that the public treasury is the deepest of all political pockets. You can wax on about nefarious, rich boogeymen, but the totality of their contributions cannot match the value of handouts the President has at his disposal. We are at a point in our history when almost half of Americans pay no federal income tax and the party at the purse strings has their undying loyalty.

    What is the political value of granting amnesty for young, illegal hispanics? How much would the republicans have to spend to convince hispanics to shift loyalty from a president who uses his political power to subvert immigration law to gain an edge with this demographic?

    Frankly no amount of money can compete with the value of a handout. Given that the rich pay the vast majority of tax dollars, it is simply ignorant and silly to suggest that they cannot object to how those dollars are allocated with the money they have left.

    • Just like in business those who profit/benefit the most should be the same folks who invest the most. This notion that the vast majority of people don’t pay income taxes is patently false. Everyone MUST pay FICA. However, when we reward wealth with a lower tax rate than what I pay as a working American then something is wrong with the system.

      Comparing the federal reserve with the unfair tax code is illogical.

      The point and fact of this article is that 23 rich men now have the right to buy an election. and you think that is fair because you naively believe that you might one day be one of these billionaires. Barry – you will NOT. The only way for our country to last is with a small middle class. Right now our Genie coefficient is that of a third world country. These idiots can continue to starve the middle class and starve the govt so that it cannot build bridges/roads and do research and we will see in 50 years if we don’t resemble the South Africa of today!

  2. Don’t listen to Barry. Barry is on salary speaking for the wealthy. It is just a job, don’t hate, just know that he has been paid for outright.

  3. Barry what hand out’s are you talking about? and were are you gettin them? and your saying half of Americans pay no federal income tax ? so what your saying there that many people liven below the poverty level ? gotta ask you where you get your information?

  4. mr.barry,what are you talking about.i think M.V. is right you are just one of those salaried “mouths” of the bills. i hope though for the sake of your conscience that you believe your own opinions,and you are making enough from them.

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