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Republican Billionaire Donors Join Forces

The two largest Republican billionaire donors, Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers, are always on the prowl. Now they have joined forces to influence the 2016 elections.

Cenk Uygur breaks it down. He also talks about the path to restore our democracy – by constitutional amendment.

In late April, some 700 conservative luminaries, including presidential contenders, donors, fundraisers and former President George W. Bush, gathered at the Venetian casino and resort in Las Vegas for the Republican Jewish Coalition’s spring meeting, where Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul and GOP mega-donor, was holding court.

Among the assembled allies, well-wishers and supplicants who put in appearances was Tim Phillips, the head of Americans for Prosperity, the political centerpiece of the sprawling fundraising and advocacy network spearheaded by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

It was the second consecutive year, according to an RJC donor, that Phillips dropped by for at least part of the conference, which doubles as the site of the so-called Adelson primary — the increasingly high-stakes battle between GOP presidential candidates vying to win the billionaire’s favor by expressing their full-throated support for Israel.

— The Young Turks

Billionaire Donor Priorities

Billionaire donors Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers are willing to invest huge sums of money to influence political elections. Looking below, you can see where their priorities vary and overlap.

  • Shrinking the federal government (Kochs)
  • Minimizing regulatory and tax burdens on businesses (Kochs)
  • Israel (Adelson)
  • Expanding defense spending (Adelson)
  • Foreign policy (Adelson)
  • Curbing union power (both)
  • Killing estate taxes (both)

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


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