This is about right.
|Thomas F. Steyer||$73,725,000|
|J. Joe Ricketts||$4,870,000|
|Richard E. Uihlein||$4,235,000|
|Robert C. McNair||$3,500,000|
|Warren A. Stephens/Stephens Inc.||$3,035,000|
|James H. Simons||$3,000,000|
|Kenneth C. Griffin||$2,825,000|
|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|
|Amy Goldman Fowler||$1,999,760|
|George M. Marcus||$1,750,000|
|Herbert M. Sandler||$1,700,000|
|Jon L. Stryker||$1,625,000|
|Anne Getty Earhart||$1,600,000|
|Ronald M. Firman||$1,476,620|
|Daniel S. Loeb||$1,250,000|
|Robert B. Rowling/TRT Holdings||$1,200,000|
|Ian M. Cumming||$1,025,000|
|Julian H. Robertson Jr.||$1,012,000|
|Clarence L. Werner||$1,000,000|
Source: Federal Election Commission
By Christopher Schnaars, USA TODAY
Say what you want about Nader, but the guy isn’t bought and sold. And for someone who has made his life in Washington DC that is saying one heck of a lot.
I had forgotten all about Bill Ackman and his crony crusade against Herbalife. As I remember it was a pissing contest between two investment big shots and Ackman thought he could get his friends in government to take the company down.
Not that there is any love for Herbalife here, but it’s good to see that this particular crony capitalist is being handed his lunch.
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.
Even many of my liberal friends now acknowledge a strong statist bias in the #oldmedia. It’s not just how stories are reported but perhaps more importantly WHAT STORIES are reported.
Don’t call them RINOs. That is, Republicans In Name Only. They are Republicans and this unfortunately is the sort of thing many Republicans do. You know, the folks who hate the Tea Party generally and would happily raise taxes if they got the chance. For them politics is a business. Principles? Principles are for the hicks outside of the Beltway.
This list comes to us from Politico. Plenty to chew on.
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.
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.