When you think of “corporate money in politics,” do you automatically think of the Koch Brothers? Do you snarl and shake your head with the thought of those dastardly Republicans “stealing” the election process from everyday voters?
Surely the left is too noble to accept such tremendous windfalls from special interests, right? They earn $10 at a time through mailers and little old ladies who are eager to just help make a difference, right?
According to finance filings, Hillary Clinton, an opponent of the “big money” that is influencing politics, has received the help of super PACs which have been infused with $43 million thus far thanks to the checks of only 22 influential donors.
Clinton’s main supporting super PACs- Correct the Record, American Bridge 21st Century, and Priorities USA Action- have received a whopping $70 million so far. However, 62% of these donations were in excess of $1 million. Only 22 donors are responsible for $43 million of her campaign war chest.
Hedge fund manager George Soros has provided $8 million to the Clinton super PACs, making him the largest donor.
Despite having received money from the Koch Brothers in 2008, Clinton still understands that invoking their name is sure to send a chill up the spine of liberals who refuse to scrutinize their preferred candidates. In February, during a Democrat townhall, Clinton blasted the libertarian billionaire donors and insisted that Republicans were doing their “bidding” and that the donors “want to rig the economy so they continue to get richer and richer.”
Meanwhile, Clinton repeatedly made more in a single speech last year than her rival, Bernie Sanders, made all last year.
It really is unfortunate that money plays such a large role in politics. However, consistently, the biggest donors in America are liberal donors. Tom Steyer, George Soros and Michael Bloomberg all continually pump money into the political process and the biggest critics of money in politics are the very same people who enthusiastically reach-out to snag hefty checks.