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

bernie sanders maddow 1 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 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.

With his report today, Sen. Sanders has made it more difficult for thieves of liberty to keep operating in the night. We now have a list of names and we know what they are trying to do to our government. Sen. Sanders is one of the few federally elected officials who has the courage to talk about these people in public.

Most of the members of the House and Senate are too afraid to speak of, much less take on, the billionaires. Even those decent members of Congress who might speak out against them have been terrified into silence by threats of multimillion dollar negative ad buys that will run against the incumbent back home.

Bernie Sanders is displaying a brand of political courage that is sorely lacking in American politics today, and he needs you to stand with him to protect our liberties, our freedoms, and to battle to return the government back to the American people.

188 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Exposes the 26 Billionaires who are Buying the 2012 Election”

  1. Time to call Schwab and tell them I don’t appreciate them palling around with terrorists. Thanks jason.

  2. Thank you, Rep. Sanders, for your courage and statesmanship. I wish you were running for President–I would vote for you!

  3. i hereby dissolve the republic of the united states of america. i officially anoint sen. bernie sanders supreme leader. all members of congress are now fired.

    sorry, lsd flashbacks….

  4. I just love Bernie Sanders. I wish every member of Congress actually took their jobs as seriously as he does. It would be nice if other members of Congress looked out for the American people the way he does instead of just trying to line their pockets with as much cash as possible while they’re in there. What a great country we’d have if they’d put aside their greed and worked for us the way they’re supposed to.

  5. I bookmarked this list. And now, for a full exposé of what they plan to do with this country once they’ve bought it…

  6. Political contributions to any candidate should be limited to $100 by REGISTERED VOTERS ONLY. Corporate contributions should be banned. If and when that happens, this country will throw off the shackles of plutocracy. I’m not holding my breath, but it would be a kindness to the world if 100,000,000 members of the Amerikan right would do so.

  7. Way to go Bernie! I will keep an eye on these @#$! on my website ( Keep fighting the good fight.

  8. Senator Bernie Sanders is the only Senator who should be exempt from term-limits. We need to vote out the rest of the bunch and start over.

  9. Remember this list the next time a mouth breather starts mindlessly ranting about Soros and the Union Bosses™, the chosen boogeymen of the right wing echo chamber.

  10. I would very much like to see the corporations these people are associated with. I think that would go a long way in limiting their effectiveness. Not just the ones they may run or have run, but also a list of the boards of corporations and charities they are on.

  11. I cordially invite you to BITE ME, Fred Decostas. You are an ignorant, insignifigant wisp of nothingness.

  12. Thank you Sen. Sanders !! I have felt for a while that there was something going on that was unspeakable. Seems like this is it !! Thank you for your revelations and keep telling us how things really are !!

  13. Fred, I’m not sure I understand the motivation for your comment, but to have our government for sale to the highest bidder does no one any good (unless, of course, you are the highest bidder). So whether you are a conservative, a liberal or a true independent, reversing the Citizens United decision in whatever way necessary is the only way to ensure a democracy!

    I didn’t see a reference that ALL of the billionaires listed are out to see Obama gets defeated, although I suspect the majority are out to do just that. And although that may be your desire, and the reason for your flippant comment, this could just as easily work against you in the future – so be careful what you support.

    Gerry B

  14. And this is different because????? The wealth have always run this country. George Washington’s family was the largest tobacco growers. In today’s economy George Washington is worth $600 million dollars. Look at the Kennedy’s. What is the difference now?? The only thing that has changed is how we get our information.

  15. Bernie Sanders, I commend you heartily! I feel such a sense of shame in our Conservative Justices that they have allowed our democracy to be bought in such a way. I so appreciate your bravery in letting people know just which individuals think democracy is a good thing to purchase. You are a good man Sen. Sanders!

  16. Our representatives are so foolish they dont understand that millions spent against them can be turned against the GOP. Use citizens united against the gop and stop worrying about the NRA.

    I am all for getting rid of every representative we have except Sanders.

  17. Sure he exposes the right wing billionaires but what about Soros and the left wing which is doing the same fact the left wing has more non American citizens contributing than American.

  18. thanks for mentioning the one billionaire Bernie didn’t mention.

    What’s the matter, Sandurz? CHICKEN?-Dark Helmet, Spaceballs

  19. So who to you is a non-American citizen? And, even if whatever you are saying is so, what does that have to do with percentages of pink or blue people contributing? Big difference between how many billionaires compared to how many more pink than blue people, contributed! Are you really okay with allowing these people to pay mega cash donations just so they can tell Romney what they will want for it down the road??? You don’t see any problem with buying the election, because that is exactly what they are doing!

  20. And, where was the good and forthright senator during the last election? Hmmmm? Oh, that’s right, that was different!

  21. Yah MC you’re a bright one. You do realize that citizens united wasn’t law in 2008 right? Because if you did you wouldn’t have asked where he was with this list in 2008.

  22. The Walton one makes me mad. $23B and he can’t treat WalMart employees to decent wages and benefits.

  23. You CANT limit campaign contributions like that. Who do you think owns the news? 6 corporations do, and they are owned by PEOPLE. They, above all else dictate who becomes president. If you limit individuals, you leverage the outcome of elections even more, putting it in the hands of a corrupt media that literally submits quotes to the government for approval. Too bad American’s fall into these traps, campaign donation limits is a distraction you were fed by the very entities that steal our elections.

  24. Fred, Bernie Sanders just did more for you personally and for our democracy than any other politician currently in office.
    If you make an effort to get past whatever ideology it is that makes you think Sen. Sanders should just “go away”, you may realize that his “whining” is exactly what the rest of our representatives in Congress should be doing.

  25. Its almost worth selling them the government to get rid of obama. He’s going to destroy it and take away all of our rights if he isn’t stopped. Not sure if this isn’t the perfect solution. Liberals get a clue. You are what’s wrong with this country. And blacks who voted for obama with no clue about his policies. Strictly because of race. Pathetic. Now we have NDAA and many other atrocities committed by his administration. Drones killing us citizens in Yemen. Why the fuck are we bombing Yemen?

  26. Sad how misinformed you are, but if you really care about the NDAA, you might wish to familiarize yourself with who was behind it and how it was passed. Being a budget, it was passed in Congress, so it’s not an Obama deal. Furthermore he threatened to veto it unless they changed language to make it less threatening to citizens. IF you’re wondering who was behind it, I mean, that is if you really care about IT and you’re not just using the closest shovel to justify your irrational hatred, then it was authored in the Senate Armed Services Committee and follows Republican war hawk dogma (as it has for every year because the NDAA is passed every year– shocking, I know. I’ll bet it didn’t bother you then and you were all for the Patriot Act, which ironically is what makes the NDAA the disaster it is, though the President signed a signing statement to clarify how his administration would interpret it and I’d be shocked if you had a clue about that).

    Thanks for playing pretend reasons why you hate Obama.

  27. Hilarious. The US citizen who had dropped his US citizenship would have been happy to kill you

    As far as NDAA, you had that from Bush. He initiated it with the patriot act

    Let elect a lying Romney into office. After all your parents are a burden on you Im sure. You dont need them.

  28. That’s a nice list of upstanding great Americans that have nothing in common with Marxist bums like Bernie Sanders and Obama.

  29. Hey it is a pet peeve of mine. Your guy on the right that ran against Obama was the Co Author of NDAA. None other than John McCain. When are people going to get a clue. Two wings of the same bird. It is sooo obvious this time with Obamney.

  30. We should beat them at their own game and start a campaign to UNPLUG our TV’s until after the election. Their ad dollars are wasted if millions of people stop watching their propaganda.

  31. Upstanding? I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you don’t know anything about them and simply fancy the fact that they have made a lot of money? That does not qualify as upstanding. This was also a generous assumption for me to make of you.

    But more importantly, you think it’s a bad thing that the POTUS and the most honest politician standing have nothing in common with people who favor spending more money on a campaign than you or I will ever see in my life, rather than pay less than their donation in taxes for the greater good? (Taxes don’t just go to “welfare”, they go to things like roads, education and public jobs you know)

    That’s the GOAL, you are missing the point.

  32. You know the Russians say, behind every great man there is a string of bodies. I don’t think it’s literally true for these guys, but it’s similar.

  33. Senator Sanders,

    Please make a distinction between the villains (the Kochs), and those fighting the villains (Dr. Simons, Peter Thiel).

    Heck, if Jim Simons had more of a hand in running the country, I think we’d be much BETTER off.

  34. Most who donate to political causes aren’t expecting much in return. They hope to help their candidate, but the realistically expect little in return.
    When you are donating millions, you are buying the government and the outcome. With each dollar you are DEMANDING something in return. And as expected, you will get it!
    And wow – you can do it under the radar.

  35. No, John, that’s not true. That was a story based on an edited video that we debunked here. Obama did not request that language, in fact, he refused to sign it until some of the language was removed. In addition, although he can’t line item veto and funding had to be passed, he signed a signing statement that is very clear in its intention.

    Here’s the article debunking it. You can always watch the video for yourself. It’s very clear that Levin was selectively edited, as what he was explaining was how Obama wanted that language removed.

    “Hours prior to the YouTube proof video Sen. Levin stated on the Senate floor that the Obama administration requested that the provision be changed so that it does not apply to American citizens,”
    Signing statement:

    Someone with an agenda put that video out deliberately edited to mislead people, and people with an axe to grind or too lazy to watch the original bought it. You can watch the video for yourself and go to the White House site and read the Signing Statement.

  36. Thank you Senator Sanders for standing up to the corporatte oligarchy trying to take over the government.

  37. So Fred, where’s your name on that list? People like you just follow the rich around and actually believe what they tell you. If you’re not on that list, and neither am I, you don’t matter at all! Look at the list – you’re supporting half of them in some form or another – Walmart, for heavens sake – everytime you go there, you’re putting another dime in John Walton’s pocket – from yours to his, from his to the GOP – and you can’t even see it…that’s sad!

  38. Gail – Google their names: Marriott Hotels, Texas oil, spanish TV stations, hedge fund mgrs, investment bankers, Charles Schwab (bailout), and so forth…sickening!

  39. Where’s the biggest of them all…..George Soros? Billionaire financier George Soros is going all in for President Obama’s re-election campaign and has joined forces with other major liberal donors to pump at least $100 million into the progressive movement and super PACs.

  40. The 1 % are definitely palling around with terrorists. They best way to control the US Government is to buy it out, and then dismantle it. It will make 911 look like foreplay. I hope everyone has some lube ready.

  41. “Where’s the biggest of them all” – Dale Embry

    Apparently Dale reads with zero comprehension: The question is who, Dale, and we don’t get to know which foreign government(s) owns these billionaires, but for some hints (thanks, SCOTUS):

    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.

  42. Bernie Sanders, you rock! Thank you for having the courage to expose what is really going on with our elections. What I see is the fact that these fat cats have made our ability to vote for who we want null and void because they just Buy the elections by pumping billions into the PACS of the people who will cater to them. The Supreme Court Justices are responsible for this and as far as I’m concerned there needs to be a shakeup of these judges who are in these positions for life, like for instance, Anthony Scalia! OCCUPY the Supreme Court Justices. They are in bed with the billionaires and We The People don’t matter.

  43. There’s something wrong with the math! OR the editing. Or both. So, “41.7% of the American households” equals “49 million Americans.” Next, $25 billion is more wealth than 40.2% of American households (or 42.7 million American families) combined while $100 billion is more wealth than 41.7% of American households (again – 49 million Americans). Then, the combined worth of all 26 billionaires is about $195 billion which is only 43% or 50 million families. Then, a “household” is approximately 1.06 to 1.17 persons. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, average household size is about 2.6 persons. So, is the term “household” applied to “tax return filed” or just arbitrarily contrived? Either way, since when is 42% of 330 million equal to about 50 million?

    All of the math and poor editing (read the actual three page report) aside, another question that comes to mind is whether these “households” are being double counted, e.g. college or high school students who live with their parents but filed their own tax return.

    Finally, which comes first: the candidate’s position or the donations? If the candidate’s position comes first, then aren’t the contributors simply supporting someone who has the same position? If the donation comes first, then where did the position statement get developed with what pre-collaboration? Or did the candidate do research to find who has the deepest pockets, then discover what the deep pockets cared most about, and then develop a position to attract the donations from the deep pockets?

    I am not saying that wealth doesn’t influence the election. It always has. But to claim that certain people are “buying the election” because they donate to positions with which they agree is absurd and nothing more than perpetuation of the invisible American caste system.

  44. #2 is made up of three individuals and #12 is comprised of two individuals. So, 23 (items in the list) plus 3 (the number of extra people – 2 in #2 and 1 in #12) equals 26.

  45. They can afford to spend millions of dollars to buy an election, but they can’t afford to pay their fair share of taxes.

  46. The central bank has owned the country since the 30s this is nothing new this senator just decided enough is enough and that the ppl deserve to know the truth kudos to him but don’t be surprised if he suffers backlash from telling the country is full of secrets and lies

  47. Why not look up and see what Soros gives? You might find its vastly lower than you think, as well as he gives openly, not hiding his name through super pacs

    Think about it

  48. Several words for you. Soros doesnt hide behind super pacs. The people here hide themselves and donate not to Romney but to the super pacs. The article is about super pacs.

  49. Read a biography of George Washington, and you will find a struggling businessman. He gave up on tobacco because it was so hard on the land. He had trouble keeping his farms going. He seemed unable to get out of debt. His overseers died, and he wouldn’t sell slaves to another farmer without getting their agreement, and since he was not raising tobacco, he didn’t need most of them. Not one of the idle super-rich.

  50. But, they still can’t buy a personality nor can they dance. Oh, and God is still in charge and even they cannot bargain with The Grim Reaper.

  51. I am now reading a novel called “Benevolent Dictator”. It takes place in 2019 and shows what will happen to America if elections continue to be bought. Perhaps Bernie Sanders is this person, who will bring America back to its Democratic roots. Go Senator Sanders. You are the man.

  52. What do you mean? How can enacting campaign contribution limits possibly be worse than allowing one millionth of the population to have control of our elections?

  53. Forget your wings my friend it is all a smoke screen to get people talking about stuff that makes no difference. Their wing span covers your whole stage managed political spectrum with ease. It means nothing but we are the mugs and they are in charge. Republican Democrat/Conservative Labour in the UK two party politics all paid for and controlled by the same money and to portray the illusion of choice wheere there is only financial totalitarianism. A chain is a chain.

  54. There is a simple solution that is fair to everyone… We need to demand that the FCC and the FTC PULL all political ads that are misleading and full of half truths!

    Amazing they can shut down an add for a product that is misleading, but they allow these organizations to mislead the voters and change the direction of our Country by telling lies!

  55. That’s a good idea.. but I don’t think there are enough people who are politically aware for this to make a difference. I would like to see a comprehensive list of the products that these billionaires produce or sell, however.

  56. Yes, it would be instructive to know which side these billionaires are on–how many support GOP and how many support DEM.

  57. What companies are these people affiliated with? It would be helpful to know so we can indeed boycott them.

  58. Very interesting article, but we are a Republic (at least we are supposed to be!) not a Democracy, big difference.

  59. there are still some of us that are still with you bernie. keep up the good work. why is there not alaw on out right lies.why DEM. hold more town hall meetings to explain the trouth to the people,and help the PRES. out.

  60. All this reminds me of what happened to one Meg Whitman when she tried to buy the Governorship of California . . . SHE LOST!!!!!

    When I heard of the Supreme Court passing the ‘Citizens United’ bill i felt that to be the end of Democracy. Why are reps saying and doing such stupid things as A WAR AGAINST WOMEN, passing a bill 33 futile times to eliminate O’Bamacare, romney going to the NAACP and saying that he would abolish health care, etc. keeping the Democrats’ minds on answering and explaining satellite issues instead of talking about jobs, taxes and the economy.
    Instead of the BIG LIE this is the BIG DIVERSION
    I believe that ALL companies on stock markets are in a world-wide MONOPOLY GAME in which each must GROW or GO out of business. Companies have no place for profit-inhibiting items such as, mine safety, clean air and water, the EPA, educating people to curtail their profits, etc, Companies give money only as an investment and they expect as big of a return as possible and more, such as control of the USA. They already control a majority in the US Supreme Court. (I believe that vote by Roberts was only to lull the Democrats into complacency, partly because I heard that Bush told him to do that.)
    If the reps win the Nov. election, I am afraid that will be the last real election. The companies will FRACK and STRIP this country and move on to the next. The Liberals and Progressives will NEVER get in again. Starting in September and/or October the TV will be flooded with faked pictures of O’Bama groveling and apologizing for doing such a poor job, AND WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE. On TV, I saw a side view of O’Bama with such a message, that I am certain was dubbed.
    We can not afford to gamble, for if I am right, there will not be a second chance. I hope I am wrong. I prefer to live in a country where everyone is as healthy as they can be and as educated as their desires and capability

  62. Dear Melissa,

    Our electoral system is a representative democracy which is what Sen. Sanders is trying to protect, big difference.

  63. The difference between the Kennedy’s & the Koch Brothers is that the “Northern/New England aristocracy” felt an obligation to give back.

  64. Worth of a billion dollars and give less than a million to a super PAC. Is our government that cheap to buy?

  65. If I had a net worth of $25,000,000,000 (25 Billion) and gave $25,000,000 (25 Million) to Super Pacs to install a government of my own choosing, what percent of my net worth would I have invested?
    and how much would I have left?

    Barack Obama – Change We Can Believe In
    Mitt Romney & Co. – Buying America for Pocket Change

    Thank You Senator Sanders – expose the corruption!

  66. Let’s see, for starters you the federal government now has the authority to indefinitely detain AMERICAN CITIZENS without probable cause. Federal judges ruled it unconstitutional, but Obama said he would continue to enforce it anyway. And he killed a 15 year old American citizen in Yemen via a drone strike, just because he was near a father who was also an American citizen. And I’m sorry, but as an American citizen you have rights, regardless if the government considers you a terrorist (well, not anymore). I don’t care if Republicans drafted the NDAA, Obama still signed off on it and he will still enforce it, as his administration has clearly stated. You guys need to get real here, I DO NOT want to see Romney in the White House, but Obama has done a lot of bad things too. We need to stop voting for Republicans and Democrats and start seriously looking in other directions.

  67. Get real. Thanks to Obama and this current Congress, the federal government now has the authority to indefinitely detain AMERICAN CITIZENS without probable cause. Federal judges ruled it unconstitutional, but Obama said he would continue to enforce it anyway. And he killed a 15 year old American citizen in Yemen via a drone strike, just because he was near a father who was also an American citizen. And I’m sorry, but as an American citizen you have rights, regardless if the government considers you a terrorist (well, not anymore). I don’t care if Republicans drafted the NDAA, Obama still signed off on it and he will still enforce it, as his administration has clearly stated. You guys need to get real here, I DO NOT want to see Romney in the White House, but Obama has done a lot of bad things too. We need to stop voting for Republicans and Democrats and start seriously looking in other directions.

  68. Craig, it’s clear you didn’t actually read his signing statement or the NDAA itself. Had you done either, you wouldn’t have been able to write what you just did. Unless you’re just deliberately misinforming people. The NDAA and the Patriot Act are both egregious, but trying to pin that on Obama is absurd. As I stated, he couldn’t line item veto it. It’s a yearly funding bill for defense spending. He took a stand against it and got the language changed, and then his signing statement dictated how he was signaling his administration would interpret it (as not impacting US citizens). What about these facts is unclear to you? Get real indeed.

  69. Wait, where is george soros warren buffet on this list? They are mega billionaires who have used their money buy political agendas? This list now seems phony to me.

  70. Yea, why bother trying when it so much more fun being buttf*(#d by the rich. And, of course, there is only one company in the world that makes each object that we all use. Boycotting is our only means of showing these meglomaniacs that we don’t want to be their serfs.

  71. We should not only boycott the comp. of these men/women own,but we should make sure that they are better spotlighted in some way for all to know and see.They are not Amer. patriots ,but Amer. Vutures;like Mitt Romney.All of them would have us work in their corporation for pennies while they get fithy rich,and see us work long hours to support our families only to die young. America can do better and we must! Where are all the patriots who are willing to fight for their way of life and for the future of their children;where?PBO is the only alternative we have right now for better or worse,because he is at least willing to fight for us and share our values. We need you now;not later;make sure you can vote,and make sure you are heard in the polls.God Bless America!

  72. Mike is correct that, while we slept, a handful of these huge companies has captured the economy and everything we need or want.

  73. George Soros has announced he is sitting out this election cycle. Sorry to burst your ignorance bubble, but I’m sure you can blow another one.

  74. George Soros & Warren Buffet? C’mon. This is like a “Top 10 best actresses” list with Viola Davis being left off. Maybe it just crossed his mind that… Oh… Soros & Buffet are some of the worlds greatest philanthropists who donate more to charity and social development programs for the betterment of mankind and extension of democracy than all of these choadnuts combined. Smh… Phony, my ass.

  75. The problem with you quig, is that you cannot read. The list is about billionaires using superpacs to hide their donations. Soros and Buffet do contribute to the Dem party, not as much as you think, but they do it openly and not by hiding behind Chinese money like Adelson and others do. You know, the way you support it. No representation due to your party being bought

  76. I suppose this is going to get labeled as the “trickle down” of accumulated wealth into the economy, assuming it is all spent in the U.S. It would be interesting to find out how much of this money moves into other old-boy’s network pockets, e.g. media CEOs and lawyers.

  77. graft/graft/
    A shoot or scion inserted into a slit of stock, from which it receives sap.
    Practices, esp. bribery, used to secure illicit gains in politics or business; corruption.
    Insert (a scion) as a graft.
    Make money by shady or dishonest means.
    noun. bribe – grafting
    verb. engraft – inoculate – transplant

  78. OK, let’s start with Microsoft. Gates gives millions. And then there’s Apple. How about Berkshire/Hathaway. Then there’s Oprah. Oh and George Soros. I hear he really gives a lot to control elections.

  79. Yeah, Bernie. Get Bill Gates, the folks at Apple and Berkshire Hathaway, George Soros and Oprah to help you fund your attack on these billionaires.

  80. Instead of boycotting all of these coward’s companies and products, just vote the opposite way. Then they have pumped their millions into the system and have absolutely nothing to show for it, except of course their name on Bernie’s list of shame.

  81. Well…does anyone wonder why so many people don’t vote? Because of stuff like this. How can someone buy who gets elected? If someone can buy it then I should just quit voting. Personally speaking if someone does not vote, then don’t complain. I still believe we have a constitutional right. If I live in a fairy land state please let me know.

  82. “I hear”

    and pass it on

    like so much junior high, Robert Booker

    believe everything you hear, people, gotta be “fair and balanced” if you herd (sic)it

  83. I think there are only few Senators and Congressmen remain American. The rest of them slaves of AIPAC and work only for Zionism, and not for America and Americans.

  84. stereotyping people will never work. We’re all individuals regardless of how much money we don’t have, or have.

  85. boycott the companies that they own? How? They own everything from energy to food to natural resources
    to, well, you know?!?!

    There’s no way to boycott all of the scamsters using
    Citizens United (which has little to do with actual “citizens” that aren’t very very wealthy) unless you
    disappear into the forest and live totally off the grid, but they probably own the forest too, or the mineral rights anyway, so…..

  86. hmmmm….are they giving invisibly like the GOP sheepmasters are giving? Do they hide where their
    money is being ‘donated,” cuz you obviously know
    what they’re donating, and who’s donating which makes
    your comment somewhat moot, no?

    Too funny!

  87. What people need to do is bring the face’s of these people to the internet.Lets see who they are,expose them.

  88. Interesting that so many of these folks are hedge fund managers. Amazing how well it works when you get paid whether or not the fund does well.

  89. Nice how this magically notices the scum on the pseudo-right while ignoring the scum from the pseudo-left. BOTH parties are owned by these evil megalomaniacs.
    As for “boycotting”- some suggest it and others imply it won’t work because not enough people are “informed”??? If YOU were informed, you’d realize it is not their PRODUCTS that make them wealthy. It is their connections to the international banking cartels and The Federal Reserve. Boycotting Cheerios or FOXNEWS or EXXON won’t do a damned thing except make your life more difficult.
    The one commodity to boycott that CAN make a difference would be CURRENCY.
    Support H.R. 459. Force Harry Reid to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote. Ending the Fed is many battles away, but AUDITING them to force TRANSPARENCY is the first step. …Might even INFORM some in this thread as to where the true evil lies.

  90. You are right, we all need to vote BUT do you realize how many states have passed voting requirements this year that will prevent many voters from voting? I have never felt so bad about the American political system as I do right now. These PACs are going to destroy our democracy by brainwashing an electorate that is unwilling/unable to read the facts and accepts what Fox broadcasts as truth.

  91. Would love to see the Fed audited & it will be a cold day in hell before the Senate will do anything functional like vote on something like that. Sorry to say

  92. How about we become informed American citizens by researching what we read, listening to opposing view points and getting information from several different sources. I hear more crap from people that read an anonymous quote on Facebook or a chain email and pass it off as fact. Stupid people get the life they deserve. Remember what Abe Lincoln said ” Every quote you read on the Internet may not be genuine.”

  93. “According to Federal Election Commission data filed from January 2011 through July 3, super PACs and all groups making “independent expenditures” in the political arena have spent $35.3 million in opposition to Romney, and only $9 million in opposition to Obama.”

    “But Jim’s findings certainly blow apart the narrative that pro-Obama groups are lagging far behind when it comes to super PAC spending. Interesting that the mainstream media hasn’t picked up on that yet, no?”

    “At a New York City fundraiser last month, President Obama lamented that opposition to his reelection bid will be fueled by “$500 million in super-PAC negative ads that are going to be run over the course of the next five months that will try to feed on those fears and those anxieties and that frustration.”

    “The truth is that the super PAC founded by top Obama staffers and its aligned “independent” groups are outspending groups that oppose the president by roughly two to one.”

    “But that still leaves a two-to-one spending ratio of liberal anti-Romney efforts to conservative anti-Obama efforts. In fact, the president’s allies run the single biggest-spending and most negative super PAC of all: Priorities USA Action, founded by Obama’s former deputy White House press secretary, Bill Burton; Sean Sweeney, the former chief of staff to Rahm Emanuel; and Harold Ickes, who was deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. This super PAC has spent $13.5 million in opposition to Romney so far, outspending all the super-PAC efforts opposing the president combined.”

  94. This is exactly why ive been backing the Ron Paul as well as the Libertarian movement. They are our last hope to restore sanity and liberty. To anyone blaming dems or repubs , sorry but both sides are to blame and the arguing and voting on which is the lesser of 2 evils all the time is what got us here. Both candidates agree on nearly everything and are backed by the same big megabanks with megabucks. Time to wake up and break the system and give rise to a 3rd party . Time to back the man that is unbreakable and uncorruptable, the party and man that will expose these cronies and get rid of their ability to buy elections. Ron Paul 2012!

  95. Interesting all on list are male. Same for the current list of psycho mass shooters. I wonder why only males are capable of being weapon of masss destruction.

  96. Gates and Buffett are giving their money to charitable efforts involving, among other things, health and education, not for ads to put into office politicians who will support policies that benefit Gates, Buffett, and other billionaires. I personally may not agree with everything those people are funding–or, at least, the particular way in which they are doing it–but they are trying to make the world a better place for everyone, not to sway elections so that they can become richer themselves. As for Soros, just what have you heard? Can you point to any SuperPACs or anything else that Soros is funding in an effort to be like the Kochs and Adelson and have political decisions make him richer than he already is? Please provide ONE piece of evidence beyond “I hear” that Soros is trying to control elections.

  97. ralph:

    you are sooooo right and you wrote factually,passionately and eloquently. i could not have ‘said’ it better myself.

    keep up the good fight and i will do my best in my little corner of the country to do the same.

  98. Boycott is good. AND: stand in front of corporate headquarters and film everybody that goes in or out, ask hard questions, carry signs exposing their manipulation. BEST: support constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United… support it in our clubs and churches, our potlucks and tailgate parties, everywhere. Make it the thing you do TODAY.

  99. As soon as you lay facts on the table Christy, they’ll run away. And if they stick around after you “fact”ed them, you’ll hear that it’s all just propaganda.

  100. Ok seems everyone is missing the point.. I don’t care if they give anonymously or not to the PACs as long as the best choice to get our country back on track to what are founding fathers wanted for us. I see both front choices as BAD. How many of you know Ron Paul is still campaigning but the news never shows it or papers either!! Yeah Take Back America!!

  101. Who is Ron Paul? Oh yes, the guy that wants to knock 3 amendments out of the constitution and give you liberty to die by unregulated energy plants

    The point is not who can buy the presidency which is what you seem to support. The point is electing a president by Americans voting not buying

  102. Shiva, I’m not sure which amendments you are talking about, that Ron Paul will supposedly take away from us, because you did not list them. I too, will vote for Ron Paul and believe the other 2 candidates are greedy loser who will not only take away our rights as sovereign Americans, but collapse our economic system and keep us in continual wars until we’ve obliterated all of mankind. Who would you choose, btw?

  103. That is becuase you know nothing about Dr Paul.

    He has authored 3 bills to let states take birth control away.

    Ron paul and the repeal of the 14th and 16th amendments

    (thats a take your pick link)

    Get to know your candidate. He is most definitely not what you think. He had ties to fundamentalist religious nuts(as you should be able to tell by Rands hate for women)

    Paul mentions liberty many times. But he proposes an every man for himself ideology.

  104. Love Rom Paul,
    Not everyone is as smart as you are, they can see that. Since the choice is between the lesser of 2 evils, as a conservative republican I will stick with Obama, I used to not like him but I have done some research on him, his policies, his beliefs and his opponents. I am a country first kind of guy and believe you me he is closer to it than Romney (what a joke).

  105. it`s a good thing to see the devious,underhand,scheming behaviour of these wealthy folks has been exposed.they are using their money to try to keep the majority of americans as slaves/indentured laborers.

  106. Obviously the “secrecy” and the point of the article is total BS. If these contributions were really secret where did the figures come from?
    The top 5 donors did contribute large amounts, but So What? If I had a spare $10 million I might feel patriotic enough to contribute to saving the country from the current administration. I grew up under the shadow of the Chicago Democraticic Machine, and know well that corruption is an essential element in success,
    Many of the wealthy contributors listed only put up $250,000 and $500,000 donations. Let’s be fair about this. Not all Obama supporters are on welfare.

  107. Becuase Soros gives his money out front. Not behind blind groups. Soros is not trying to buy the presidency

  108. No shiva you know nothing about Ron Paul! The 14th amendment was invented for the soul purpose of giving the Slaves a way of calling themselves citizens (this Amendment was made right after the civil war. you must understand the Difference between Citizen and People sing and/or Pl. is correct english as defined in the Preamble. A citezen is subject to all laws of the USAcorp. and their Rights are privleges and as a people you are soveriegn (look up the definition of this word) and have god given rights that are un-a-lien-able cannot be taken away.
    The 16th amendment is the IRS income Tax the power to tax is the power to destroy illegal.
    Birth control is your right and Ron says it is your right but he says other people shouldn’t be forced to pay for it. He is also a obstitrician and love babys and thinks someone should be looking out for them even if they are fetuses.(when does life begin? If you are in an Accident and cause a unborn baby to die you are looking at manslaghter charges.
    what fundalmenalist group? He believes in the Bill of Rights for all people.
    quit believing the Mainstream propaganda and do some real Research.
    Do not bear false witness.

  109. One of the reasons the constitution was written was to give the power to tax to the congress.

    As for the 14th you are forgetting

    No state would be allowed to abridge the “privileges and immunities” of citizens.
    No person was allowed to be deprived of life, liberty,or property without “due process of law.”
    No person could be denied “equal protection of the laws.”

    Birth control is a right according to Ron Paul? He has put 3 trys to allow states to ban it. You dont know your candidate

    Know your candidate

    Fundamentalist xtians. Like The fundies that own Rick Perry and others

  110. Those who think that corporate personhood is a good idea should as a corrective to this delusion read the novel The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, originally published 1953. This book is (so far) readily available on Amazon and at most public libraries. Get it while you can; daddy corporations will be trying to suppress it. Its prescient depiction of the evils that result from the legal fiction that corporations are persons on the same footing as real persons (you, me, the guy or gal next door) should give us all pause for thought.

  111. @SHIVA: the 14th Amendment took away Sovereignty from the members of the States and made them a commodity of the Fed, rather than the States. It also took away the Sovereignty of the States and turned them into Territories of the Fed. The 16th Amendment took away the right to control your income and gave it to the Fed. The Constitution gave Congress the right to tax the STATES; and that was all that was necessary. Your argument of needing the 16th Amendment while the Constitution gave Congress the power to tax is incongruent and makes no sense as do you. Birth Control is a choice for the individual states, just like “gay marriage.” Don’t like what your State has to offer? Then move. The Fed has no business deciding what anyone should do in their private life, which is exactly the point Libertarians like Ron Paul make. But you sound like a Leftist Liberal who believes in the Goverment Nanny State who should control everything of everyone for the good of the State and the party – that’s Marxism, Dummy.

  112. Shiva,
    Your sources are obviously biased and mis-represent Ron Paul’s position, which is in support of states rights. It is that simple. Power to the people = states rights.I think my Avatar should be Kali…:)

  113. The income tax act was never ratified. So there goes your theory. Income tax was never intended to be used to collect earnings from employment.

    Your idea that government knows what to do with tax revenue is absurd. Government waste productive peoples earnings and disperse it to non-productive people. I’ll think you’ll find a trend that points to more ways a particular bureaucrat can find ways of taxing us the people, the higher he will be promoted.

  114. If corporate personhood is a reality, put all the CEO’s, COO’s, CFO’s for Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, CITI, B of A in jail for life for committing high crimes of financial terrorism, fraud and price fixing. Better still hang them

  115. Shiva, Wrong again The 5th Amendment covers Due Process and Equal protection
    The Power to Tax the Corporations not the individuals
    Once again get you facts straight He doesn’t want the government to tax to pay for your Birth control!
    the first 10 Amendments are are about Individual freedoms all the following is someway conneted to controlling the people.
    Try Reading the Declaration of Independence andthe Preamble and the Bill of Rights and get enlightened!

  116. Whats the hmmmmmmmm? Soros gives in the open and doesnt rely on hiding his money. Soros is a real lightweight when compared to the Koch donations

  117. Of course you have no rebuttal except to call someone ignorant.

    So I will play your silly game. Anyone who votes for mr corporations dont need regulations and can poison you at will Ron Paul is ignorant

  118. The constitution was written with being able to tax the states in mind simply because they had no way to pay for the military.

    As far as the rest of your cliches and lack of knowledge on Marxism, I will just leave you with a laugh

    Birth control is not a states issue nor a federal issue. Its a womans right and its medically required in some cases

    Try reading up on why the constitution was written over the articles of confederation. Get out of your dream world and cliche ridden silliness

    It did not provide for taxation. There was no way to run the government or pay an army
    It provided for a very weak central government
    Congress did not have the power to regulate commerce
    There was only a unicameral legislature so that there was no separation of powers
    Very difficult to change or pass laws

  119. Mr Paul is just as bad or worse then Romney. He also has no idea on how a woman needs to be treated health wise. He doesn’t see black and white and brown, he still only sees white. He is a typical Texan, big ideas, little imagination. He’s another Tparty wanting to happen… NO thank you.

  120. Shiva. You may as well give up on trying to show these Ron Paul ppl that they are wrong… They would not believe what you say (even tho you be right) because that would mean THEY are wrong about their political hero. It’s almost impossible to fool a politically savvy person but evidently Ron Paul has much experience, look at how many times he has been re elected.. IN TEXAS..

  121. Oh I dont care lol, but they really should know their candidate. They are blinded by his saying liberty over and over.

    He swings his watch out in front of them and repeats liberty and they are hypnotized

  122. I know Ron Paul is still running and I promote him daily! The ONLY honest man, …wish Peter Thiel would call me so I could make this “change” happen in August and in Novemeber!

  123. Gerry, you do not know Dr. Ron Paul at all. If you did your words would be kind and generous, like him.

  124. Soros [Sorrows, properly spelled] owns Monsanto, the no label biotech corp that’s destroying the food chain. Sorrows, like Socrates & his wimp pupil, Plato, is a genetic pig.

  125. Public hangings on Wall St would be fine, but I would suggest the hangings take place after the 1st freeze so that the hangings would be a constant reminder during the winter months for the Wall St gamblers not to gamble with money that the 99% owns. It just a matter of setting a good example. The same would be good 4 politicians who don’t fulfill their legal constitutional obligations, like prosecuting war criminals & torturers.

  126. A bit about Ron Paul…

    1) he stands for the tenets of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, versus Romney who stands for whatever everyone in the room wants at that moment (as well as his cronies in the private sector).

    2) he was a doctor and delivered many babies, providing good medical care for the women.

    3) Your assertion that Ron Paul is racist/ethnicist is unfounded and can easily be shown incorrect by the myriad of interviews relating to the topic.

    4) he differs with the tea party in several ways, including the ability to put together cogent arguments.

    …jeez man, start paying attention and not be so presumptuous.

  127. I don’t mind you being rich, I mind you buying my government and destroying our democracy in the process. Simply put if money equals speech, then lack of money equals lack of speech. And that is never good for the little guy. Thank you Bernie for standing up and taking names, literally!

  128. Shiva scores AGAIN!! Shiva is really intelligent and does the homework that a responsible citizen should do or some of you are just ignorant. Hmmm…please don’t vote ignorant, unless of course you vote for ron paul.

  129. Dude!! I hesitated to check this out myself cause I “hate” Monsanto. Shiva owned you big time: Soros not even a small shareholder.

  130. Non-Partisan still thinks there are 13 States. I decided to check Shiva’s sources myself. Biased only on the side of the TRUTH. Shiva owns you too.

  131. Good for you, Jean_Evans, for putting country first. Obama will be ruthless in his second term, his eyes are open to the evil that GOTP fringe cantor will go to.
    He has nothing to lose this time, he’ll put their re-election on notice, & out these obstructionists to the American people. They’ll fall in line this go around as they’ll have no choice or they’ll lose re-election..

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