[W]ealthy political contributors have more access than ever to candidates since the ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. More than 300 donors have seized the opportunity, writing checks at such a furious pace that they have exceeded the old limit of $123,200 for this election cycle, according to campaign finance data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research organization.Organizations like VDARE actually provide a much larger return on investment for donors by changing the culture in which political decisions take place. $100,000 can be a transformative donation to a group like ours — whereas such a donation to the Mitt Romney for President campaign will simply disappear down the pocket of some consultant.
[Wealthy political donors seize on new latitude to give to unlimited candidates, by Matea Gold, Washington Post, September 2, 2014]
But who are these mega donors?
Among them are Las Vegas casino titans and New York hedge fund managers, Silicon Valley investors and Texas oil barons. Their ranks include well-known billionaires such as George Soros, Sheldon Adelson, and Charles and David Koch, but also lower-profile players such as Arkansas poultry magnate Ronald Cameron and New York pearl purveyor Christina Lang Assael.Something tells me few of them are friendly to immigration patriots.
While the mainstream media is at least rhetorically hostile to wealthy political donors (especially the Koch Brothers), many of these donors actually support the press's preferred position of open borders.
However, the real danger is that huge donations from mega-donors like Sheldon Adelson translate into billionaires simply buying candidates and steering them away from the issues that matter to the grassroots. As one donor quoted in the story beams, “You have to realize, when you start contributing to all these guys, they give you access to meet them and talk about your issues."
Why are so many Republican politicians so cowardly on the immigration issue, even though it wins elections? As with most things — follow the money.