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Top political donors? 1. Steyer $73.7 million, 2.Bloomberg, $20 million, and 40 others

Um…

 

Thomas F. Steyer $73,725,000
Michael Bloomberg $20,011,895
Paul Singer $9,333,539
Robert Mercer $8,070,000
Fred Eychaner $7,900,000
Sheldon Adelson $5,000,000
J. Joe Ricketts $4,870,000
Richard E. Uihlein $4,235,000
Robert C. McNair $3,500,000
George Soros $3,315,000
Warren A. Stephens/Stephens Inc. $3,035,000
James H. Simons $3,000,000
Kenneth C. Griffin $2,825,000
Linda McMahon $2,635,000
Joseph W. Craft III $2,625,000
Seth A. Klarman $2,600,000
B. Wayne Hughes Sr. $2,500,000
Kenneth W. Davis Jr. $2,458,911
Ronnie Cameron/Mountaire Corp. $2,350,000
John W. Childs $2,165,000
S. Donald Sussman $2,025,000
Charles G. Koch $2,000,000
David H. Koch $2,000,000
Andrew Jerrold $2,000,000
Amy Goldman Fowler $1,999,760
Virginia James $1,800,000
George M. Marcus $1,750,000
Marlene Ricketts $1,725,000
Herbert M. Sandler $1,700,000
Jon L. Stryker $1,625,000
Anne Getty Earhart $1,600,000
Sean Fieler $1,574,670
Ronald M. Firman $1,476,620
Angelo Tsakopoulos $1,347,000
Daniel S. Loeb $1,250,000
Robert B. Rowling/TRT Holdings $1,200,000
Sean Parker $1,125,000
Ian M. Cumming $1,025,000
Julian H. Robertson Jr. $1,012,000
Diane Hendricks $1,000,000
Meridee Moore $1,000,000
Clarence L. Werner $1,000,000

Source: Federal Election Commission

By Christopher Schnaars, USA TODAY

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The Encyclopedia of All 34 of Obama’s Czars, From A to Zients

Pretty interesting to see them all listed out like this. I will say however that the author thinks taking nearly a week to get on the job of “Ebola Czar” is perfectly reasonable. You know, so what’s 5 days in an emergency which threatens to grow exponentially? There’s the whole political hack process at the White House HR department. Got to get the right approvals and make sure the paperwork is filled out.

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Political entrepreneurs vs the real entrepreneurs

We are regulating our economy to death. One of the main reasons why there is an increasing disparity in wealth in this country is that the crony class is wrapping the middle class and the merchant class – the entrepreneurial class – in red tape. Pay a tax here. Pay a fee there. Do you have a license to do that?  It is harder and harder to build a business – something which is plenty hard to do without the crushing weight of the state.

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Boston Globe: Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

I was recently talking with senior wonk in Washington DC about this very issue. Why was it for all the think tanks, all the white papers, all the fits and crying in the media about this issue and that, that policy on the big issues hardly ever changes to reflect the will of the American people?

My friend thought basically the same as the author interviewed in the attached article. There is a surface level government and then there is the “deep state,” a place where massive power is housed, and wielded by largely faceless and mostly unaccountable managers who have agendas which are often very different from what you and I might want.

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