An unusually brazen example of billionaires attempting to take over the Republican Party:
Exclusive: Mega-donors plan GOP war councilWe've written a lot about hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, who the Politico says "has long been a key player in GOP money circles, espousing a nontraditional brand of conservatism that includes aggressive backing for gay marriage and immigration reform, as well as more traditional GOP stances like lower taxes and less government regulation." [Emphasis added.]
The ideological and tactical contours of Paul Singer’s plans remain somewhat unclear.
By Alexander Burns And Kenneth P. Vogel, Politico, February 18, 2014
A group of major GOP donors, led by New York billionaire Paul Singer, is quietly expanding its political footprint ahead of the midterm elections in an increasingly assertive effort to shape the direction of the Republican Party.
The operation was launched discreetly last year, with the previously unreported formation of a club called the American Opportunity Alliance to bring together some of the richest pro-business GOP donors in the country, several of whom share Singer’s support for gay rights, immigration reform and the state of Israel. Around the same time, Singer and his allies also formed a federal fundraising committee called Friends for an American Majority that raised big checks for a select list of the GOP’s most highly touted 2014 Senate hopefuls.[More] [Emphases added]
OK, Big Business supports the Republican Party financially, but how many votes does the Business Round Table have? A hundred and sixty votes, that's how many. But there are a lot of displaced American workers in the Republican voting base.