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American Oligarchy – 400 Families Represent 50% Of Money Raised By 2016 Presidential Candidates

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This article was written by Mike Krieger and originally published at Liberty Blitzkrieg

Ever since I started this website in 2012, one of my primary objectives was to convince readers that the American system of government is nothing like what we are told in school and via the oligarch-owned mainstream media. That the country has become so captured and corrupted by sociopathic oligarchs, that a neo-feudal modern serfdom was emerging where the opportunities to enjoy rising standards of living for the vast majority of people was rapidly becoming a pipe dream.

I think many readers appreciated my warnings, but it wasn’t until an academic study from Princeton and Northwestern came out and factually proved it, that it become undeniable to many people. Here’s a brief excerpt from that post titled, New Report from Princeton and Northwestern Proves It: The U.S. is an Oligarchy:

Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.

Ever since that study came out, I’ve noticed more and more people publicly admitting that the U.S. in nothing more than an oligarchy. Even former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said it last week.

Meanwhile, just today, I came across the latest shocking proof of how bought and paid for “our” political system really is. We find out from the New York Times, that only 400 families account for nearly half of all spending on the 2016 Presidential election so far. The Dark Ages almost look democratic by comparison.

From the NY Times:

Fewer than four hundred families are responsible for almost half the money raised in the 2016 presidential campaign, a concentration of political donors that is unprecedented in the modern era.

The vast majority of the $388 million backing presidential candidates this year is being channeled to groups that can accept unlimited contributions in support of candidates from almost any source. The speed with which such “super PACs” can raise money — sometimes bringing in tens of millions of dollars from a few businesses or individuals in a matter of days — has allowed them to build enormous campaign war chests in a fraction of the time that it would take the candidates, who are restricted in how much they can accept from a single donor.

A New York Times analysis of Federal Election Commission reports and Internal Revenue Service records shows that the fund-raising arms race has made most of the presidential hopefuls deeply dependent on a small pool of the richest Americans.

And that’s exactly how the oligarchs like it.

To peruse the top donors in presidential politics is to take a cross section of the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. At least 67 are billionaires or married to one, according to Forbes.

“In the donor world, it is primarily a love of economic freedom,” said Chart Westcott, a Dallas private equity investor who has contributed $200,000 to Unintimidated PAC, a group backing Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. “That’s the biggest drive for most donors — more prosperity for the country as a whole, as well as for themselves.”

“More prosperity for the country as a whole…”

Really? Where is this widespread prosperity, at the end of the rainbow in a leprechaun’s hat?

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a favorite of the Tea Party movement, has raised the most cash from the fewest donors. A collection of super PACs supporting Mr. Cruz raised $37 million, nearly all of it from three families. Robert Mercer, a deeply private hedge fund investor from New York, contributed $11 million, making him the top known political donor in the country so far this election cycle.

Ted Cruz knows how to say the right things, but he knows where his bread is buttered.

But millions of dollars also came from corporate entities with no clear link to a known individual or business: One million-dollar donor to the pro-Bush super PAC is Jasper Reserves, a limited liability corporation established two years ago in West Virginia, where records provided few clues about its owners.

Big donors are not only patrons of the candidates but also confidantes, with great access to the candidates — and, sometimes, business before them.

Mr. Braman has previously subsidized Mr. Rubio’s salary, and employed his wife. Mr. Fernandez, who became a billionaire after building several health care companies, emailed with Mr. Bush often when he was governor of Florida to ask about doing business with the state, Mr. Bush’s emails show.

The largest single donation to America Leads, a group supporting Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, came from a Boston investor seeking to build a $4 billion casino resort there. At least five donors to Mr. Walker’s super PAC are companies that received hundreds of thousands of dollars in aid from Wisconsin’s economic development agency, according to state records.

“Are they going to return people’s phone calls? Yeah, I’m sure they’re going to return people’s phone calls,” Mr. Keating said. “But I don’t think it’s going to drive policy.”

Apparently Mr. Keating never heard of a little family called “The Clintons.”


Brandon Smith



  1. Along with campaign contributions there is what I believe is where the real influence upon government by elites, moneyed interests and immensely wealthy corporations occurs; after politicians and bureaucrats leave their office or government employment.

    To explain my belief please observe the financial rewards bestowed upon ex-presidents Clinton and Bush. They and their families were having wealth piled upon them via several legal methods and they will never have to compete with nor live among us common folks.

    High-level bureaucrats of all types are also rewarded with high-paying jobs and the speaking circuit allows ample rewards to be bestowed upon those who behaved as the moneyed elites and corporations want them to while employed as “public servants.”

    The rewards are legal and no promises are ever made. The lackeys in high-level public employ know in advance where the future legal rewards come from so they know who to please while in office/position.

    Basically, the USA has become a huge scam and the common citizen is being used and abused to ensure the few at the top of the pyramid-shaped socioeconomic hierarchy are the recipients of a large percentage of the wealth created by the masses of common folks. That’s you and me and everybody we know.

    This topic is incredibly complex and, luckily, there is ample mention of this scam written by far better minds than mine at many sites across the Web. A Web search using “economic inequality” offers a lot of useful information. A Google Image Search with that term is an eye-opener.

    Economics is a vital part of freedom. Too much economic inequality is a pathway to a two-tiered society of the overlords and the masses of serfs. Also… the increasing power of the corporations are also a threat to freedom.

    Thank you to all the Oath Keepers and their supporters. Please follow the advice of Oath Keepers leaders in regards to always being high-class folks who speak intelligently and always appear to others as being law-abiding quality folks who are of a higher caliber than the tyrants and their lackeys who oppose We, the People.

  2. This is the tragic under-reported reality of America, that it is no longer a Republic ‘or’ Democracy, but an Oligarchy. Former President Carter has said it; studies have shown it; but all TPTB are invested in business as usual. Major press outlets aren’t going to touch the subject, being owned by ‘the problem’. Its like hoping cancer cures itself; it has nothing to gain by doing so.

  3. I think you all are very gloomy. 400 families might not sound like much, but compare that to other countries that have not yet had a violent revolution like France and Russia. Money doesn’t rule all, think back to the 2010 election when Dr. Evil himself, billionaire George Soros, declined to get involved but instead he got out of the way because he sensed a wave election coming and even he, with all his money, would not be able to stop it. In the end values win out over money, but it is a struggle to keep power in the hands of the people mainly because they don’t want it. And that is a more complicated subject and one that will take a while to correct. Education and immigration are the keys.

  4. Not only oligathys. But mossads. Khazars acting. As mega preachers keeping people asleep. I still. Shake my head on this because. I was a member. One. But when i see their pic. Along eith europeans. The do stand. Out . Beady eyes b lack. Curly hair. Nose tip. In other countries also. Must i see more?

  5. sad you focused on the republicans…. the Democrats have the largest over ALL donations in this election for Corrupt loons, also they have the media and thousands more groups approved by the IRS then republicans can ever dream of. most are NOT counted as fund raisers or related to “election proccess”.
    Cruz and Rubio both NOT eligible, any child can see that. it must mean people are Sheeple, Clueless, or want anyone to be able run for POTUS, even an Ilegal Alien Baby. (anchor babies are NOT citizens)

    if Cruz or Rubio wins, the Democrat Wins by default. they assume a republican POTUS will overturn 100% of everything from jan 2009 till dec 2015. they will toss the BOY Kings legacy under the bus to keep control at any cost. that effectively ends our nation and hands it over to the UN and Elites.

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