Nearly 5 dozen give a third of all ’16 campaign cash

by JULIE BYKOWICZ and JACK GILLUM |  |  published on August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — It took Ted Cruz three months to raise $10 million for his campaign for president, a springtime sprint of $1,000-per-plate dinners, hundreds of handshakes and a stream of emails asking supporters to chip in a few bucks.

One check, from one donor, topped those results.

New York hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer’s $11 million gift to a group backing the Texas Republican’s White House bid put him atop a tiny group of millionaires and billionaires whose contributions already dwarf those made by the tens of thousands of people who have given to their favorite presidential candidate.

  • donemyhomework

    I would have been looking for a list of the 60.

  • I Seigel

    Let’s face it folks. These 60 families, give or take, are controlling ALL the candidates. Everything the candidates say, the positions they take, etc. If these billionaires think that illegal workers are good for their businesses (and they most assuredly do because it keeps labor costs WAY down), then they’ll fund candidates who will rant and rave against illegals but secretly won’t do anything about it if elected. If the billionaires think they’ll make huge profits from mergers of big insurance companies – like the mergers that are going on right now – then they’ll fund candidates who will secretly support and expand Obamacare. And if the billionaires think they can profit from trading with Iran – which they most assuredly can – then they’ll support the Iran treaty and buy candidates who will support their business dealings.

    I hate to say it, but Trump was right when he called all his opponents “puppets”. (Except for Sen Paul – he didn’t answer the latest summons to have an audience with the Koch Bros.)

    Your opinions and principles mean nothing to these people. It’s all about profits and tax loopholes. Money corrupts, and absolute money corrupts absolutely.

    Welcome to American politics in the 21st Century, courtesy of YOUR Supreme Court!

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