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  • The last time there were this many unsold $100M+ homes on the market, the world economy imploded

    05/30/2016 6:18:16 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    boing boing.net ^ | 5/30/16 | Cory Doctorow
    Depending on how much credence you give to "whisper listings," there are between 27 and 50 $100,000,000+ houses on the market; last year, only two houses in that bracket sold worldwide. The glut of super-duper-ultra-luxury houses on the market worries economy-watchers, who view the oversupply as a bellwether for a housing crash -- the last glut (which wasn't nearly as pronounced as the current one) was in 2007/8.
  • Big-name donors join Trump fundraising team

    05/24/2016 3:18:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | May 24, 2016 | Jonathan Swan
    Donald Trump, who needs to rapidly raise money for the general election, now has a team of the Republican establishment's biggest donors and fundraisers in his corner. Trump and Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus announced in a statement Tuesday that they have signed onto their fundraising efforts some of the most prolific donors and fundraisers in conservative politics. The big name recruits include Woody Johnson who owns the New York Jets and was a top fundraiser for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and previous GOP nominees Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Diane Hendricks,...
  • David Koch Pledges Millions To Gary Johnsons Presidential Bid

    05/19/2016 10:20:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 19, 2016 | Drew Johnson
    Billionaire businessman and philanthropist David Koch has pledged tens of millions of dollars to help bankroll the campaign of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, according to a source within Johnsons campaign. Kochs money will be made available should Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, secure his second consecutive Libertarian Party presidential nomination, the source said. The Libertarians will select their presidential ticket during the partys national convention later this month in Orlando.
  • Hillarys Latest Scandal: She And Bill Siphoned $100 Mil From Mideast Leaders

    05/13/2016 2:28:29 AM PDT · by detective · 47 replies
    IBD ^ | April 13, 2016
    Scandal: A new investigation reveals that Bill and Hillary Clinton took in at least $100 million from Middle East leaders. Can such a financially and ethically compromised candidate truly function as our nations leader? The investigation by the Daily Caller News Foundation has uncovered a disturbing pattern of the Clintons raising money for the Clinton Foundation from regimes that have checkered records on human rights and that arent always operating in the best interests of the U.S. By the way, the $100 million we mentioned above doesnt appear to include another $30 million given to the Clintons by two Mideast-based...
  • Wealthy Cruz and Bush Donors Dump Millions Into Hillary Clintons Campaign

    05/09/2016 6:02:43 PM PDT · by GilGil · 190 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/9/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund founded by billionaire James Simons, donated over $13 million to Sen. Ted Cruzs failed presidential campaign. For a guy whos supposed to be pretty smart with his money, the ROI on that one has got to sting. Nevertheless, now that Mr. Cruz is out of the race, Mr. Simons has begun pouring millions of dollars into Hillary Clintons campaign, with Renaissance Technologies donating over $2 million to Ms. Clinton so far this election cycle. Euclidean Capitalalso owned by Mr. Simonshas given the Clinton campaign over $7 million in contributions, and such figures are likely to...
  • Wealthy Cruz Donor Pours Millions Into Clinton Campaign

    05/09/2016 3:54:39 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 124 replies
    Observer ^ | 5-9-16 | Michael Sainato
    enaissance Technologies, a hedge fund founded by billionaire James Simons, donated over $13 million to Sen. Ted Cruzs failed presidential campaign. For a guy whos supposed to be pretty smart with his money, the ROI on that one has got to sting. Nevertheless, now that Mr. Cruz is out of the race, Mr. Simons has begun pouring millions of dollars into Hillary Clintons campaign, with Renaissance Technologies donating over $2 million to Ms. Clinton so far this election cycle. Euclidean Capitalalso owned by Mr. Simonshas given the Clinton campaign over $7 million in contributions, and such figures are likely to...
  • Clinton knocks Trump's lavish lifestyle

    04/25/2016 12:38:15 PM PDT · by McGruff · 102 replies
    CNN ^ | April 25, 2016 | Dan Merica
    Hillary Clinton cast Donald Trump as out of touch with the United States while campaigning Monday in Delaware, arguing that the Republican front-runner flies into states, gives speeches and then returns to the lap of luxury without listening to voters' problems. "Donald Trump says wages are too high in America and doesn't support raising the minimum wage and I have said, 'Come out of those towers named for yourself and actually talk and listen to people,'" Clinton said. "At some point, if you want to be president of the United States, you have to get familiar with the United States,...
  • Billionaire-Bashing Bernie Sanders Is a Millionaire With Three Homes

    04/14/2016 8:05:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 37 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 4/13/2016 | Randy Hall
    Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders rails against the billionaire class and has called income inequality the greatest moral issue of our time, but the senator from Vermont is not exactly a man of modest means, according to an article written by Kerri Anne Renzulli for the TIME magazine website. However, nothing about Bernies net worth devalues his progressive beliefs, stated Peter Daou, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton who responded on the Blue Nation Review website to reports that Sanders and his wife, Jane, could retire with an effective retirement nest egg valued at nearly $2 million.
  • Billionaires fund anti-Trump delegate push

    04/12/2016 11:24:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | April 12, 2016 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    First they spent tens of millions trying to boost their favorite presidential candidates, then they poured cash into ads attacking Donald Trump, and now some of the biggest donors on the right are turning their attention to the delegate fight. Anti-Trump billionaires are funding ground operations in an increasing number of states to try to ensure the selection of national convention delegates who oppose Trump. The strategy is being executed by the anti-Trump Our Principles PAC, which has a stated goal of blocking the bombastic billionaire from clinching the GOP presidential nomination before the partys convention in July.
  • Billionaires fund anti-Trump delegate push

    04/12/2016 6:34:55 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 12 Apr 16 | Kennth P. Vogel
    First they spent tens of millions trying to boost their favorite presidential candidates, then they poured cash into ads attacking Donald Trump, and now some of the biggest donors on the right are turning their attention to the delegate fight. Anti-Trump billionaires are funding ground operations in an increasing number of states to try to ensure the selection of national convention delegates who oppose Trump. The strategy is being executed by the anti-Trump Our Principles PAC, which has a stated goal of blocking the bombastic billionaire from clinching the GOP presidential nomination before the partys convention in July. But the...
  • Panama Law Firms Leaked Files Detail Offshore Accounts Tied to World Leaders

    04/04/2016 9:45:35 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03 March 2016 | Mmichael S. Schmidt, Steven Lee Myers
    A group of news media outlets published articles on Sunday based on what they said were 11.5 million leaked documents from a Panama law firm that helped some of the worlds wealthiest people including politicians, athletes and business moguls establish offshore bank accounts. The German newspaper Sddeutsche Zeitung said its reporters had obtained the documents from a confidential source. The newspaper then shared the files with other media organizations, like The Guardian and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. In an article, the investigative journalism organization said the documents revealed the offshore accounts of 140 politicians and public...
  • Donald Trump is no blue-collar billionaire

    03/21/2016 6:34:44 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 49 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 21, 2016 | Foon Rhee
    The angry white men filling Donald Trumps rallies are getting plenty of attention, most of it unflattering.
  • Billionaires Battle for America's Soul (Diary Of A Mad Voter)

    03/13/2016 2:57:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 13 | Roger L. Simon
    ON AN AIRPLANE FROM L.A. TO MIAMI--Donald Trump isn't the only billionaire in the eye of a seemingly treacherous Florida hurricane that threatens to destroy us all or at least change our world as we know it. Two others -- one or more of them far richer than Trump -- are singing "Bye, bye, Miss American Pie." Only it's not a Chevy they are taking to the levee. It's a Tesla.They are Linda Pritzker of Hyatt Hotels, the late Peter B. Lewis of Progressive Corp., and, of course, George Soros of practically everything. These three billionaires were (and in the...
  • The Greek tragedy of the billionaire who fracked up Pa.

    03/12/2016 3:00:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Philly.com /AP ^ | 03 March 2016 | Sean Gardner
    A once-majestic stand of maple trees that the Holleran family of Susquehanna County has been working to produce maple syrup since the 1950s. A big pipeline firm, the Williams Companies, successfully used the right of eminent domain to win the right to clear the Hollerans' stand of trees to make way for a new pipeline intended to carry to natural gas fracked from the Marcellus Shale to large urban markets. According to StateImpact PA, at least three U.S. Marshals armed with semi-automatic weapons and pistols and wearing bulletproof vests were there to protect the pipeline workers from about 20 peaceful...
  • Trump Vs. Soros: Battle of the Billionaires

    03/12/2016 1:23:25 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/12/16 | Jim O'Neill
    Globalist agitprop agents behind these anti- free speech protests are using tried and tested extortion-style techniques to get what they want. For Trump and "we the people" to shut up. We either bow down, or we resist them The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.Gyorgy Schwartz AKA George Soros The Age of Infallibility Make America Great AgainDonald Trump campaign slogan The forces arrayed against the United States and freedom are beyond dauntingway beyond daunting. Among the forces promoting a leftist vision of utopia is the group MoveOn.orgfunded largely by billionaire George Soros. MoveOn.org...
  • Ikea's Billionaire Founder a Frugal Fan of Flea Markets (All His Clothes)

    03/09/2016 4:21:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 09 Mar 2016
    Ingvar Kamprad, who turns 90 on Mar 30, has a reputation for penny-pinching, which he claims helped Ikea to become one of the world's top brand names.Frugal billionaire Ingvar Kamprad, founder of the flatpack furniture chain Ikea, buys his clothes at flea markets to save money, he said in a documentary to be broadcast Wednesday (Mar 9) on Swedish television. Kamprad, who turns 90 on Mar 30, has a reputation for penny-pinching, which he claims helped Ikea to become one of the world's top brand names. "I don't think I'm wearing anything that wasn't bought at a flea market....
  • Koch brothers will not use funds to try to block Trump nomination

    03/05/2016 7:40:39 PM PST · by Innovative · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 3, 2016 | Reuters
    The Koch brothers, the most powerful conservative mega donors in the United States, will not use their $400 million political arsenal to try to block Republican front-runner Donald Trump's path to the presidential nomination, a spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday. The decision by the billionaire industrialists is another setback to Republican establishment efforts to derail the New York real estate mogul's bid for the White House, and follows speculation the Kochs would soon launch a "Trump Intervention." "We have no plans to get involved in the primary," said James Davis, spokesman for Freedom Partners, the Koch brothers' political umbrella group....
  • 16 Billionaires Who Started Working From Home

    03/04/2016 10:52:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 4, 2016 | Karsten Strauss
    Waking up and heading to an office is so five years ago. As technology allows for greater opportunities for flextime and working remotely, the need for a traditional workday - and workplace - is beginning to evaporate for anyone whose job can be done online, as part of a communications network. So too is the need for a spread of office space to get a business up and running--launching an enterprise from your desk or kitchen counter at home has never been easier. And those who protest that they simply can't get down to business working from home in their...
  • Pro-LGBT Agenda Billionaire to Lead Marco Rubio Finance Team

    03/03/2016 5:49:13 PM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 3, 2016 | Austin Rose
    In a move that will inevitably cause deep concern among social conservative voters, it is reported that billionaire Paul Singer will be named finance chairman of the Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) campaign. Singer is infamous among social conservatives for funding pro-homosexual initiatives at the state level, nationally, and even internationally.
  • The POLITICO 100:Billionaires dominate 2016 Establishment-bashing Cruz nabs 4 of 6 top donors

    02/27/2016 4:32:14 PM PST · by gg188 · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/08/16 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Isaac Arnsdorf
    In fact, despite his attacks on his party’s donor class and establishment, Cruz, the Texas senator who won last week’s Iowa caucuses, appears to have locked down the support of four of the top six donors ― the Wilks family of Cisco, Texas (the No. 1 donor on POLITICO’s list), New York hedge fund tycoon Bob Mercer (No. 2), Texas energy investor Toby Neugebauer (No. 4) and Illinois manufacturing moguls Dick and Liz Uihlein (No. 6) ― but only one other donor on the list.
  • Finance, not tech, is driving growth in U.S. billionaires

    02/25/2016 6:02:19 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 11 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 25 Feb 16 | Silva Ascarelli
    <p>Silicon Valley may have plenty of millionaires, but the road to U.S. billionairedom is increasingly paved through finance.</p> <p>Nearly 27% of all U.S. billionaires in 2014 worked in finance (read: hedge-fund managers and a few others), according to a study by Caroline Freund, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Sarah Oliver, a research analyst at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank.</p>
  • Charles Koch says he actually agrees with Bernie Sanders

    02/20/2016 2:26:20 PM PST · by TBP · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 19, 2016 | Geoff Earle
    Billionaire Charles Koch’s political network plans to spend hundreds of millions to back Republicans in 2016, but he has penned an article agreeing with Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders about an economic system he calls “rigged to help the privileged few.” “He believes we have a two-tiered society that increasingly dooms millions of our fellow citizens to lives of poverty and hopelessness,” he wrote in the Washington Post. “He thinks many corporations seek and benefit from corporate welfare while ordinary citizens are denied opportunities . . . I agree with him.” But Koch offered a solution Sanders was sure to reject — stop...
  • Billionaire Mark Cuban Says Billionaire Bloomberg Should Run for President Against Billionaire Trump

    02/16/2016 5:57:53 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    cnbc ^ | 2-16-2016 | Dawn Chmielewski
    Billionaire reality TV star Mark Cuban played the president in "Sharknado 3," which naturally qualifies him to handicap the 2016 presidential field -- and encourage fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg to enter the race for the White House. ... In an interview with WABC Radio, Cuban said he would like to see a Bloomberg candidacy -- describing the former mayor of New York City as progressive on social issues, such as gun control, yet fiscally conservative. ... This isn't the first time Cuban has encouraged a Bloomberg candidacy. As he surveyed the 2008 Republican and Democratic contenders, he called on a...
  • The POLITICO 100: Billionaires dominate 2016

    02/08/2016 5:03:57 PM PST · by entropy12 · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/08/16 05:14 AM EST | K.P.Vogel & I.Arnsdorf
    The 100 biggest donors of 2016 cycle have spent $195 million trying to influence the presidential election more than the $155 million spent by the 2 million smallest donors combined, according to a POLITICO analysis of campaign finance data. The analysis found that the leading beneficiaries of checks from the top 100 donors were Jeb Bushs floundering campaign for the GOP nomination (a supportive super PAC received $49 million from donors on the list), Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton (super PACs dedicated to her raised $38 million from top 100 donors) and Ted Cruzs insurgent GOP campaign ($37 million). In fact,...
  • Koch Brothers Ready To Oppose Trump

    02/01/2016 8:26:05 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/1/16
    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Donald Trump is so fiercely opposed by the Koch brothers network that some donors believe the powerful group will intervene to stop the billionaire if it looks like he could win the Republican presidential nomination. "They are always very hesitant to get involved in a primary, but I think if they were going to do it, this would be the time because they just hate the guy,” said a donor who attended the Koch network’s winter retreat, held over the weekend at a luxury resort on the edge of Coachella Valley. Both officials and donors within...
  • Billionaire Robert Soros 'siphoned $21 million of joint tax refunds into his own bank account'

    01/17/2016 11:39:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/17/16 | Chris Pleasance
    Billionaire investor Robert Soros 'siphoned $21million of joint tax refunds into his own bank account while his wife recovered from breast cancer' Billionaire financier Robert Soros funneled millions of dollars of join tax refunds into his personal accounts while his wife Melissa Schiff Soros recovered from cancer, it has been claimed. Soros, the son of billionaire investor George, is accused of debiting four checks worth a total of $21million into his private accounts despite the money being owed to both him and his wife. Schiff made the accusations in Manhattan Superior Court on Friday as she took to the witness...
  • Charles Koch bemoans lack of influence over 2016 race

    01/08/2016 11:01:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | January 8, 2016 | Eliza Collins
    Charles Koch is “disappointed” with the line-up of Republican candidates in the 2016 cycle, and is surprised by the lack of influence he and his brother have wielded so far. In an interview with the Financial Times, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist, said he’ll eventually support a candidate who he agrees with on some things with, but that it’s hard to get excited. He said a list presented to all the candidates about the Kochs' political arm's priorities “doesn’t seem to faze them much. You’d think we could have more influence.”
  • Scarborough: Bill Clinton's Association with Sex Offender Jeffrey Epstein 'Big Problem' for Hillary

    01/08/2016 10:44:50 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Jeff Poor
    Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," host Joe Scarborough warned that the association between former President Bill Clinton and convicted sex offender billionaire Jeffrey Epstein will be something the media will be forced to focus on if Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump chooses to discuss it. And that could be a "big problem" for his wife Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, Scarborough said. According to Scarborough, previous allegations of Bill Clinton's indiscretions, particularly in the 2008 presidential cycle when Hillary Clinton ran against Barack Obama, were not discussed in public forums. However, this time will be different because of Trump's ability...
  • 5,000 Swiss Army Troops Will Protect World's Billionaires During Annual Davos Boondoggle

    01/07/2016 4:06:43 PM PST · by amorphous · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7 Jan 2016 | Tyler Durden
    With a new wave of terrorism, mass shootings and unprecedented social violence around the globe now a part of the daily routine for billions of people across both developed and developing nations, one group wants to be certain there is no chance of "close encounters", violent or otherwise, with the peasantry during its upcoming annual boondoggle at the World Economic Forum in Davos. According to Swiss info, when the world's billionaires land their private jets in the gorgeous Swiss town (which at 1,560 m is also the highest town in Europe) on January 20, they will have up to 5,000...
  • Top 10 Reasons George Soros Is Dangerous [2011 Article, A Reminder Today...]

    12/28/2015 11:13:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    1. Gives billions to left-wing causes... 2. Influence on U.S. elections... 3. Wants to curtail American sovereignty... 4. Media Matters: Soros is a financial backer of Media Matters... 5. MoveOn.org: Soros has been a major funder of MoveOn.org... 6. Center for American Progress: Headed by John Podesta, White House chief of staff under President Clinton, the Center for American Progress has been instrumental in providing progressive talking.... 7. Environmental extremism: Former Obama green jobs czar Van Jones and his leftist environmental ideas have been funded by Soros' money... 8. America Coming Together: Soros gave nearly $20 million to this 527...
  • Trump Breaking the Rules of Washington's Money Game

    12/15/2015 11:50:53 AM PST · by xzins · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 15, 2015 | Rachel Marsden
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump got into an interesting war of words on Twitter last week with a Saudi prince. "Dopey Prince (Al-Waleed bin Talal) wants to control our U.S. politicians with daddy's money. Can't do it when I get elected," Trump tweeted. Trump's social-media salvo was truly provocative, and not because he called a billionaire member of the Saudi royal family "dopey." What made Trump's outburst on Twitter so interesting was his willingness to call out the tacit and longstanding subversion of the U.S. political system by foreign interests. "You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but...
  • The Clinton Colombia connection: a secret investment fund (primed w/ billions in foreign aid)

    11/27/2015 4:31:39 AM PST · by Liz · 60 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 11/27/15 | NY POST EDITORIAL
    Hillary Clinton is upping her anti-Wall Street rhetoric, amid reports that the Clinton Foundation is running a private-equity company down in Colombia.The same private-equity field dissed by 2008 Obama in hundreds of millions of dollars of negative ads against Mitt Romney b/c Romney earned his fortune w/ a PEF. The Bogota-based Fondo Acceso, started in 2010 by Bill Clinton, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and mining millionaire Frank Giustra....$20 million seed funding supposedly came from the Clinton Foundations Clinton-Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative and Carlos Slims the SLIM Foundation, the Washington Free Beacon reports. In an ominous sign, Fondo Acceso took down...
  • Liberal Billionaires and Their Montana Connections

    09/02/2015 9:20:38 PM PDT · by This_far · 11 replies
    Mediatrackers ^ | June 19, 2015 | : Ron Catlett
    Despite a population of just over 1 million people and just 3 electoral votes, Montana continues to be a hot bed of spending for billionaires and their political non-profit groups. (cut, jump) Liberal Swiss billionaire and Center for American Progress board member Hansjorg Wyss has received much attention in recent weeks after The Daily Caller revealed that he had paid $1.5 million to a Colorado woman to settle sex abuse allegations. Money from Wyss charitable foundation has proven quite important in Montanas environmental movement.
  • Hillary Clintons curious relationship with major Swiss bank draws attention

    07/30/2015 9:51:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The State Department (which Hillary Clinton used to run and where she still holds significant influence) has been very clear about one thing. There is no relationship between donations to the Clinton Foundation and actions taken by the Secretary of State during her tenure there. Period. Full stop. End of discussion. Perish the thought. You’re all just a bunch of Clinton haters who are trying to stop the ongoing charity work of these wonderful people. And yet for some strange reason we keep seeing stories like this. Hillary hadn’t even finished unpacking her things in her new office at...
  • Obama Adviser Podesta Caught Green-Handed In Major Ethics Violation

    01/29/2015 2:18:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/29/15 | Richard Pollock
    In 2013, John Podesta was paid $87,000 by a shadowy foreign billionaire whose passion is preventing energy exploration on American land. Just two years later, Podesta is a member of President Obamas inner circle, and the driving force inside the White House to block 12 million acres of land in Alaskas Artic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling. The circumstances suggest Podesta may have run afoul of Obamas highly-touted ethics pledge, which requires political appointees to disqualify themselves in matters relating to the interests of a former employer or client. Podesta who is preparing to leave the White House
  • Prince Of Beheading Champ Saudi Arabia Calls Trump "Disgrace To America"

    12/11/2015 12:12:45 PM PST · by amorphous · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11 Dec 2015 | Tyler Durden
    You know you've 'made it' when the prince of one of the world's biggest human rights abuser (and leading 'beheader') nations calls you a "disgrace to America."
  • Warren Buffett Said to Join Tony James for Clinton Fundraiser

    12/04/2015 3:54:54 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 5 replies
    Bloomberg via Yahoo Finance ^ | 12/03/2015 | Sonali Basak, Devin Banerjee
    Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Warren Buffett and Blackstone Group LP's Tony James, two of Hillary Clinton's most high-profile supporters in the world of finance, will gather at a fundraiser in New York this month to support the Democratic Party, according to people familiar with the event. Attendees will pay $33,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund, ---SNIP-- Clinton "has a vision for America that's very similar to mine, in terms of everybody being included in the prosperity we enjoy," Buffett told Bloomberg's David Westin
  • Top Jeb Bush Donor Plans Full-Page Ads Against Donald Trump (Mike Fernandez, MBF Healthcare)

    12/04/2015 5:10:29 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/4/15 | Alan Rappeport
    It's a case of the billionaire versus the "BULLYionaire." Mike Fernandez, one of Jeb Bush's wealthiest donors, announced plans on Friday to buy full-page advertisements warning voters against being lured by Donald J. Trump's hateful message and comparing his rise to the conditions that led to some of history's most evil dictators. "Look at Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy and Peron in Argentina," Mr. Fernandez writes in the ad, which was first reported by Politico. "When people lose hope, they are susceptible to those who offer to think for them." Mr. Fernandez is chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, a...
  • Top Jeb Bush political donor in Miami: I’ll vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump

    12/04/2015 5:16:25 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 103 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/4/15 | PATRICIA MAZZEI
    One of Florida's biggest conservative Republican moneymen - and a billionaire backer of Jeb Bush - is so disgusted by Donald Trump's candidacy that if he has to, he'll do the unthinkable: "If I have a choice - and you can put it in bold - if I have a choice between Trump and Hillary Clinton, I'm choosing Hillary," Miami healthcare magnate Mike Fernandez told the Miami Herald on Friday.
  • Millions at stake, the ‘Adelson primary’ is neck and neck

    12/04/2015 5:57:05 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 14 replies
    Yahoo Politics ^ | Dec 2, 2015 | Michael Isikoff
    American businessman Sheldon Adelson with his wife, Miriam Adelson, center, during a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) It is the biggest financial prize in Republican presidential politics: the endorsement of Sheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino magnate legendary for his willingness to spend huge sums to promote the candidates of his choosing. But this year the bidding to become the winner of what is informally called the “Adelson primary” has gotten complicated. After being wooed by virtually all the major GOP contenders, the 82-year-old Adelson was believed to be close to announcing his backing of Florida Sen....
  • A Wealthy Governor and His Friends Are Remaking Illinois

    11/30/2015 3:35:25 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 28, 2015 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    The richest man in Illinois does not often give speeches. But on a warm spring day two years ago, Kenneth C. Griffin, the billionaire founder of one of the world's largest hedge funds, rose before a black-tie dinner of the Economic Club of Chicago to deliver an urgent plea to the city's elite. They had stood silently, Mr. Griffin told them, as politicians spent too much and drove businesses and jobs from the state. They had refused to help those who would take on the reigning powers in the Illinois Capitol. "It is time for us to do something," he...
  • Billionaire gay ‘marriage’ advocate backs Marco Rubio

    11/07/2015 11:30:34 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Nov 3, 2015 | Dustin Siggins
    Billionaire Paul Singer, best known in politics for his backing of Jewish and LGBT causes, has backed Florida Senator Marco Rubio in the GOP presidential race. The biggest donor in the 2014 race, Singer's LGBT activism is due to the orientation of his son, Andrew. The elder Singer has created at least two groups dedicated to protecting the state of Israel, loosening immigration laws, and expanding the role of government in promoting the LGBT community's goals. Rubio's star has risen since last week's GOP debate, especially with potential competitors for donors either leaving the race, such as Wisconsin governor Scott...
  • World's richest man: Only socialism can save planet

    11/03/2015 11:34:14 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    WND ^ | 11/03/15 | Douglas Ernst
    Gates wants giant carbon tax, says government 'somewhat inept' The world’s richest man thinks only socialism – and skyrocketing gas prices – can save the world from climate change. Bill Gates, whose net worth is roughly $80 billion, told the Atlantic for its November issue that only massive intervention by world governments can head off environmental disaster. “There’s no fortune to be made. Even if you have a new energy source that costs the same as today’s and emits no CO2, it will be uncertain compared with what’s tried-and-true and already operating at unbelievable scale and has gotten through all...
  • Number Of Chinese Billionaires Rose By 242 In Past Year, Overtaking US For First Time

    10/18/2015 7:15:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10/18/2015 | By Duncan Hewitt
    SHANGHAI -- Chinas volatile stock markets have helped the number of dollar billionaires in the country outstrip that of the U.S. for the first time, despite the countrys economic slowdown, according to a new report. As of mid-August, the country had 596 billionaires, up 242 on 2014, and above the U.S. figure of 537, said Shanghai-based consultancy Hurun Report in its annual China Rich List.The total wealth of the 1,877 people on the list, each of whom has a personal value of at least 2 billion yuan (around $310 million), exceeds the GDP of India, the report added. Real...
  • Number of Billionaires in China Overtakes US: Survey

    10/15/2015 2:43:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Chanel News Asia ^ | 15 Oct 2015
    China now has 596 billionaires, despite slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy. The number of billionaires in China has overtaken that of the United States for the first time, an annual survey said on Thursday (Oct 15), calling it a "turning point" for the super-wealthy. Communist-ruled China now has 596 billionaires, up a "staggering" 242 over the last year, Shanghai-based luxury magazine publisher Hurun Report said, surpassing the 537 Americans. "The world used to look to American entrepreneurs ... for inspiration. This year, 2015, is a turning point," Hurun Report chairman Rupert Hoogewerf told AFP. "This is the...
  • The mystery billionaire giving millions to Planned Parenthood to pay for poor womens abortions

    10/01/2015 11:56:44 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 36 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/1/15 | Abby Johnson
    Sept. 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Three weeks after I left my job at the clinic, Planned Parenthood took me to court. I am always asked, “Why would they take you to court? Did they have something to hide?” Well, yes. They absolutely had something to hide. They didn’t want me sharing the information in this article. Let’s expose the truth, shall we? Yes, I do realize that releasing this information puts me in a precarious situation. But it’s always better for the truth to be out…no matter the cost. It was life changing. I remember the first time we were...
  • Washington Post Owner Makes $16.5B While Paper Whines 558 Times About Income Inequality

    09/30/2015 12:58:47 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 6 replies
    newsbusters ^ | September 30, 2015 | Dan Gainor
    How do you spell hypocrisy? W-a-s-h-i-n-g-t-o-n P-o-s-t. The Washington, D.C., paper of record has spent the past year filling bird cages and landfills with stories about income inequality 156 in print alone and another 404 in blogs or 560 total. Subtract one of those (listed twice in LexisNexis) that included the name of billionaire Post owner Jeffrey Bezos. The remaining 155 print and 403 blog mentions didnt have any discussion of the newspapers fat cat owner. Yet, Bezos is now the fourth-richest American with a fortune of $47 billion, according to Forbes. He purchased the Post for $250 million,...
  • THE ENERGY ELECTION ( climate change money )

    09/30/2015 11:21:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    New Geography ^ | 09/30/2015 | Joel Kotkin
    Progressive pundits increasingly envision the 2016 presidential election as a last chance, as one activist phrased it, to stop climate change catastrophe. As this agenda gets ever more radical, the prominence of climate change in the election will grow ever more obvious. The key here is that the green left increasingly does not want to limit or change the mix of fossil fuels, but eliminate them entirely, the faster the better. ... Climate activists such as hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer increasingly couch their policies on theological grounds, one reason why the popes intervention was so timely. Stark self-interest is...
  • Billionaire Lifts Marco Rubio, Politically and Personally

    09/30/2015 9:47:35 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://www.nytimes.com ^ | May 9, 2015 | MICHAEL BARBARO and STEVE EDER
    MIAMI One day in the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Marco Rubio, the young speaker of the House, strayed from the legislative proceedings to single out a lanky, silver-haired man seated in the balcony: a billionaire auto dealer named Norman Braman. This man, Mr. Rubio said in effusive remarks in 2008, was no ordinary billionaire, hoarding his cash or using it to pursue selfish passions. Hes used it, Mr. Rubio said, to enrich the lives of so many people whose names you will never know. As it turned out, one of the people enriched was Mr. Rubio himself. As Mr....
  • Billionaire Lifts Marco Rubio, Politically and Personally

    09/30/2015 8:19:46 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MAY 9, 2015 | MICHAEL BARBARO and STEVE EDER
    MIAMI One day in the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Marco Rubio, the young speaker of the House, strayed from the legislative proceedings to single out a lanky, silver-haired man seated in the balcony: a billionaire auto dealer named Norman Braman. This man, Mr. Rubio said in effusive remarks in 2008, was no ordinary billionaire, hoarding his cash or using it to pursue selfish passions. Hes used it, Mr. Rubio said, to enrich the lives of so many people whose names you will never know. As it turned out, one of the people enriched was Mr. Rubio himself. As Mr....