Bernie Sanders Exposes the 26 Billionaires who are Buying the 2012 Election

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    Bernie Sanders Exposes the 26 Billionaires who are Buying the 2012 Election



    In his new report, America For Sale: A Report on Billionaires Buying the 2012 Election, Sen. Bernie Sanders named names and called out the billionaires who using Citizens United to buy our democracy.

    In front of a Senate panel today, Sen. Bernie Sanders outed the 26 billionaires who are members of 23 billionaire families that are using Citizens United to buy elections. Sen. Sanders estimated that these 26 billionaires are the tip of the iceberg. “My guess is that number is really much greater because many of these contributions are made in secret. In other words, not content to own our economy, the 1 percent want to own our government as well.”

    Sanders explained how the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision put the government up 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.’”

    Sen. Sanders also did the last thing the billionaires wanted. He called them out by name.

    According to the report, America for Sale: A Report on Billionaires Buying the 2012 Election, here are the 26 billionaires who are trying to buy your government:

    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.

    The thing that these billionaires love most about Citizens United it is that it allows them to operate in total darkness. The American people couldn’t fight back because the billionaires were giving their money anonymously. This same cloak of invisibility is what made ALEC so effective for years. The conservative billionaire cabal works best in private, behind closed doors, far away from curious eyes.


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    Citizens United is simply 1st Amendment protection
     
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    Oh goody. Another conspiracy.

    What, no Unions listed? They've been buying elections for decades. Of course they contribute mainly to Dems so they won't be on any list.
     
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    Where's George Soros?
    Where's Larry Page of Google?
    Where's Bezos of Amazon??

    Check out this web site for more Democrat DONORS!!!!!
    http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/s...&capcode=rcscw&submit=Submit+your+Donor+Query
     
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    Excellent work by sanders to show the puppet masters that own the GOP trash.
     
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    Certainly not on a list of billionaires, hence the thread title! :D
     
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    Yep. I'll get all the billionaires mentioned donated to Republicans. George Soros wasn't on the list, so it's obvious Berny Sanders ignored all the Democrat donors.

    If these billionaires can donate their money in secret, then how did Berny find out who they were?
     
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    I'd like to see a list that includes people who contribute to the Dems too.

    Either way, money in politics is playing a big role in our demise.

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    The Koch brothers could buy George Soros tomorrow and have enough left over to pick up a couple Waltons.
     

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