Apparently, it is impossible to place mortal humans in positions of political power by any means, election, appointment or by their own overt actions that can effectively vote themselves the ability to restrain their own powers and influences. It may be a slow expansion of powers but none the less in total a significant one.
In 8,000 years of recorded history, do we know of any culture that has been able to place enough people with integrity into positions of political power that have successfully protected the inalienable rights and property of their fellow Citizens?
Representative government is, thus far, an elusion that has always placed money and power ahead of the majorities best interest. How quickly a portion of the electorate will attempt to overthrow the majority once they realize they can indirectly vote themselves greater benefits through their representatives, at the expense of their own Citizens, often determines the long term economic fate of their society.
It appears to me we have reached this phase in U.S. history. As many countries have found, it is easy to destroy free-market capitalism with enough taxation, regulation, and bureaucracy. It however thus far alludes us in finding a better replacement.
Paloma Funds, Donald Sussman, CEO, $21,613,800 campaign contribution. The is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of the Paloma Funds and the founder of New China Capital Management LLC. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall, a member of the Board of Directors of ProPublica, and an Honorary Trustee of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. His company Paloma Partners, was the largest contributor to the campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2016 . Sussman was born to a Jewish family in June 1946, the son of Beatrice (née Zimmerman) and William Sussman. His father was a real estate developer.They were the single largest individual contributors to the campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2016
Renaissance Technologies, James Harris Simons Founder and Chairman $16,543,000 campaign contribution. James Harris Simons was born on April 25, 1938 to an American Jewish family, the only child of Marcia (née Kantor) and Matthew Simons, and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts. His father owned a shoe factory. When James Simons was a teenager, he worked a job in the basement stockroom of a garden supply store. His inefficiency at the job resulted in his demotion as a floor sweeper., Renaissance was the 3rd largest individual contributor to the campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2016 .
Saban Capital Group, Haim Saban $12,283,411 campaign contribution is an American investment firm based in Los Angeles, California focused on media, entertainment, and communications investments. Formed in 2010 Saban Capital Group owns Saban Films, part of Univision Communications, and part of Celestial Tiger Entertainment. He was a part owner of FOX Entertainments, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Israeli American Council. Saban Capital was the 4th largest individual contributor to the campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2016 .
Newsweb Corporation. Fred Eychaner, $11,016,642 campaign contribution, (born c. 1945) is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist.Eychaner is the Chairman of Newsweb Corporation. He was included in Chicago magazine’s 2014 list of the 100 most powerful Chicagoans. In 2005, the Chicago Tribune estimated his wealth at $500 million. In 2015, he was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.Eychaner is a major donor to Democratic campaigns, gay rights advocacy groups, and arts organizations. m Newweb was the 5th largest contributor to the campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2016 .
Soros Fund Management George Soros $10,556,793 campaign contribution is a private American investment management firm. It is currently structured as a family office but formerly as a hedge fund. The firm was founded in 1969 by George Soros and in 2010 was reported to be one of the most profitable firms in the hedge fund industry, averaging a 20% annual rate of return over four decades. They are headquartered at 250 West 55th Street in New York. Soros was born in Budapest in the Kingdom of Hungary to a prosperous non-observant Jewish family, who, like many upper-middle class Hungarian Jews at the time, were uncomfortable with their roots. Soros has wryly described his home as a Jewish antisemitic home. The Soros Fund was the 6th largest contributor to the campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2016.
ASANA, Justin Rosenstein and Dustin Moskovitz formally a co-founder of Facebook. $6,005,556 campaign contribution. Allegedly, Providence, Rhode Island runs an efficient government with Asana who provides workspace management software resources to public and private entities. Asana was the 6th largest individual contributor to the campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Lone Pine Capital. Steven Mandel $5,015,300 campaign contribution is an American-based hedge fund headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, established in 1997 by its president and portfolio manager, Stephen Mandel. The firm has offices in London, New York City, and San Francisco. They were the 8th largest contributor to the campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Almost all the above information came from either Wikipedia or the company website and the contributions from http://www.OpenSecrets.org
Bundlers are people with
friends in high places who, after bumping against personal contribution limits,
turn to those friends, associates, and, well, anyone who’s willing to give, and
deliver the checks to the candidate.
The Federal Election Commission
requires disclosure only of those bundlers who are registered lobbyists. Beyond
that, it’s up to the candidate. The Clinton campaign is releasing information
about bundlers who raised over $100,000 (see list below); the campaign does not
specify how much each of these individuals has raised beyond that. The Trump
campaign has released no information about its bundlers whatsoever.
Together, 1,129 Extremely wealthy were directing at least
$112,300,000 for Clinton’s election efforts — money that has gone into the
coffers of her campaign as well as the Democratic National Committee.
Lawyers & Lobbyists, $21.9M,
Unknown, $22.3M, Misc Business, $19M, Other, $17.2M, Defense, $100K, Labor,
$100K, Transportation, $900K, Agribusiness, $1.2M, Construction, $1.4M, Energy
& Natural Resources, $2M, Ideological/Single-Issue, $2.7M, Health, $5M, Communications/Electronics,
$13.9M, Finance, Insurance & Real Estate, $31.5M, Top Economic Sectors of
Clinton Bundlers, 2016
Top Industries of Clinton Bundlers
# of Bundlers
“Contributions” column indicates the total amount that the bundlers
and their spouses have given to all federal candidates, parties and PACs in all
election cycles since 1990.